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Time Storm Paperback – December 1, 1992

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (December 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671721488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671721480
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,979,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By dsrussell VINE VOICE on October 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
Gordon Dickson's "Time Storm", first published in 1977, is an excellent post-apocalyptic novel concerning the catastrophic after effects caused by on-going time storms (or time lines that appear as, and are called in the book, `mistwalls') that continually sweep across sections of the Earth, as well as throughout the universe. As a time storm passes, a large swath of land becomes forever changed in time. A side effect is that for most of the population these time sweeps are deadly.
Luckily (or you would have no story), a small percentage of the population (including a few animals) seem immuned to the deadly effects of the time storms. The three main characters; the protagonist (Marc Despard), a young teenage girl (known as `Girl'), and a leopard (called Sunday), are all richly defined. Those who have read "Wolf and Iron", another good post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel by Dickson (published thirteen years after "Time Storm"), may see a pattern here (a leopard instead of a wolf, the protagonist searching for his ex-wife instead of his brother, and a young teenage girl whose personality is remarkably similar to the teenager in "Wolf and Iron"). However, that's where the similarities end.
This story begins with the three unlikely partners traveling across country where they cross area after area that has been changed in time. The people (and/or creatures) that have been `deposited' into the effected areas (if there are anyone at all), are either from some point in the future or from the past, but like any post-apocalyptic story, few are friendly. Even the survivors of his own time can be, and usually are, extremely dangerous.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
maybe THE best, though I can't claim to have read them all. This book was my introduction to Gordon Dickson, who has been one of my favorite SF authors ever since. This is a deeply plotted story that develops with the characters. The scope begins at a simple, personal level and builds to galactic proportions. The narrator/main character is a gruff, usually stoic individual (like other Dickson main characters), but his emotions nevertheless come out reluctantly in the telling. I reread it every couple of years and it always seems new. Well worth the time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bob A. Reiss on August 25, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found this 70's science fiction tale among the crowded stacks of of my favorite used book store. It's theme of mass disappearance of humans due to a disruptions of time interesting, so I grabbed it thinking it would be nice light reading. Well, it's far from light. Here Dickson takes us on a 70's head trip of physics and philosophy. Ther first half of the book is a strong Post Apocalytic tale of a man, a teenage girl and a leopard traveling through a broken, disjointed land where Time Storms have switched large chucks or land with land of the past and the future, and where traveling Mistwalls threaten to displace the travelers themselves. The second part of the book is hard science fiction where the main character battles the very physical forces of nature which are causing these problems. In the end this book is a tale of love, and finding what's inside a person by stepping out of their own body, and their comfort zones and looking at things in a way one would never conceived. Beware of some weird 70's new-age corniness, but enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave E on June 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm trying to decide whether my dislike for this book is simply because, ironically, the main character did not stand the test of time.

Our protagonist, Marc Despard, is one of a relative handful of survivors after Earth is ravaged by a "time storm" - Marc's coined phrase. Literally, the planet is divided by walls of mist into different periods from the past, present, and presumable future. Roads end abruptly where the time storm has passed through, and inhuman creatures roam in their own pockets of time. Now Marc must lead his growing clan of survivors to - where? Or when?

The premise was enough to lure me in, and some of the alternate realities are really intriguing. However, the main drawback to the book is that it is narrated by Marc Despard in the first person, and, unfortunately, I hated Marc Despard.

Marc's personal journey leads him to realize he is not like "normal" people in many ways. He has ultra-honed observational skills, particularly in pattern recognition, but no empathy or emotional connections. He withdraws from his surroundings for days, weeks, or years, to stuggle with his issues. By today's standards, he probably would have a diagnosis somewhere in the ASD range.

He is also arrogant, abrasive, and repetitive, especially when talking about how right he is all the time. It is just that much more annoying having it told in the first person.

The other big downside to the book for me was the overuse of hyperbole, mainly in describing Marc's journeys through the time/space continuum. Not only is every experience "indescribable" but it is darker / blacker / lonlier / brighter / more exhilarating than has ever been known.
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