- File Size: 114 KB
- Print Length: 18 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 4, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006TMAJ4U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Timewasters: Christmas Past Kindle Edition
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articles on self-publishing and secularism for Xenith, a literary webzine, and he blogs at http://timewastersbooks.wordpress.com. Follow him on
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Top Customer Reviews
This time travel story definitely takes some cues from other works in this genre like "Sliders" and "Doctor Who" but not in a way that makes it feel like a rip-off. The three main characters fill in the necessary roles, a feisty woman, an intellectual man of action, and an old historian whose knowledge is vital but is lacking in the physical department.
The mystery elements of the story are strong enough to keep your reading and hoping for answers. What has happened to the children? How are the time travelers involved? Who is this "man" that they are so intent on finding and why?
The antagonist is sufficiently creepy, but sympathetic in his own right. He is also the source of the few things that are left in the air at the end. These loose strings don't necessarily take away from the story in any way, but left me slightly disappointed that there isn't a sequel already that could fill in the gaps.
The writing is simple and easy to read and tells the story effectively. There are a few issues with continuity but these are reserved for minor details that don't necessarily hurt the story unless you're a very nitpicky reader.
All in all, this is a decent short story, that lays the groundwork for what will hopefully be a continuing series. If you are a fan of Doctor Who or Sliders, this is a pretty good read.
The story begins against a snowy backdrop in a grove of evergreens. We are presented with three characters and right from the beginning, we know that these characters are acquainted with a world that isn't Earth - although we don't know much more about their past than that. The characters then discover a body, and we are led to believe that while it may not be a part of their yet-unclear directive, they find it important to somehow resolve the situation. (Sorry for any awkwardness - I'm trying very hard not to give too much away.)
Right from the beginning, I was impressed by several things. Owens has a good understanding of effective POV and the proper amount of description - we are treated to some nice imagery and the feel of the characters, without a running list of their every characteristic.
As the story progressed, I also enjoyed his sense of flow and pacing. The story quickly leads its reader from a sense of general curiosity to mystery, and later to moments of terror. The storytelling is apt, with a good mixture of show and tell, and by the end, I wanted to read more about these interesting "Timewasters."
Overall, it was nice, entertaining short story. I think it would do better in a collection of others in a series than it does on its own.
Almost as soon as the time travelers arrived in this little Victorian village they stumbled across a burned corpse. Then they learned several young people were missing.
So there is a lot going on for so few pages in this book. Are the missing youth connected to the corpse? Do either have anything to do with the man the time travelers are seeking? Will they find him? Will they find the exit tunnel or be trapped back in time?
A lot of questions you will only have answered when you read the book. A quick read so it should be an easy decision to read it. But I have to say this was different than anything I have ever read to be sure. Not bad, and I don't regret reading it. I would recommend it for that reason alone: it was very unique compared to everything else I've read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Certainly it's not predictable! At least not to me, and I do enjoy time-travel sci fi. Christmas Past has an intriguing premise and storyline, and at least one good twist. Read morePublished 9 months ago by B. Monkey
Okay, I'm a sucker for time-travel sci-fi, so Christmas Past was always going to be in with a good chance of pleasing me. Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by Justine
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