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Another Space in Time Paperback – March 1, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
The world itself was fascinating with plants, creatures and environments, like but unlike the ones we know on Earth. As a New Zealander, I was personally delighted to meet live moas "with attitude" on Goranas. Moas are huge flightless birds unique to my country, but now sadly extinct, (except on Goranas.) Goranas's giant constrictor snakes were interesting, specially when you can step over one while mistaking it for a log.
The astronomical arrangements between Goranas and its pulsar star were about as different from Earth's as you could imagine and yet producing similar conditions for life to thrive in. This sun did not set; it simply went out for the night. I'd heard of pulsar stars but it takes a clever fiction writer like Richard Bunning to contrive a plausible way for it to work out as a "home" star suitable for human life.
I easily identified with the character Rodwell and enjoyed seeing him develop gradually through the story from a confused and vulnerable naked new "arrival" to a dangerous force to be reckoned with towards the end. I grew to like him and felt sure he would later honour his debts to those who freely helped him when he was in dire straits.
Bunning handled the religious aspects of the story well, in a way that encouraged faith while discouraging fear and religious discord. It got you thinking about life after death and wondering what kind of world might be waiting for each of us somewhere out there in the universe.
The story's voice was unusual in its formal style.Read more ›
Jeannie Walker - Award Winning Author of "Fighting the Devil" - A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder
The book reminds me of Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld because of the afterlife aspect, Pratchett's Discworld for the world building, and The Fugitive due to the tone once the story gets into gear.
The book is exceedingly English, which works in its favor. The author created a world highly influenced by our own, making it both familiar and alien. The new reality is fantastic in many aspects, but they feel downplayed in favor of character moments and cups of tea.
The book has a few quirks that could win or lose a reader. It's written in first-person present, and has rather long blocks of dialogue as the characters discuss life, the universe, and everything. The first section of the novel is heavily dedicated to Richards' induction into a new life and his attempt to cope with it, so it takes a while for the meat of the story to really get going. And just a heads up, the book deals with some touchy subjects in sci-fi, like agnosticism, theistic evolution, and genetic memory. The author, Richard Bunning, has a strong voice, and I was quite engaged as I read the thoughts of his main character dealing with an increasingly desperate situation.
I found Another Space in Time to be an interesting mashup of philosophical meandering and violent confrontations, making for a unique reading experience. It's an unusual book, and that's a good thing.
Questions considered in Another Space In Time include, what if
1. organ donor recipients retain a connection with their donors?
2. when you die, you are transported to another world?
3. people on worlds that receive recycled souls from earth resent the wave of immigrants?
4. people had more evidence that their consciousnesses did not end with death?
5. a world existed whose sun was a pulsar?
6. a world existed where the population could learn from mistakes made on Earth?
7. you were an immigrant and the native people could read your thoughts?
--and there are others.
Mr. Bunning has worked out answers and played with other ideas in his novel. To keep it interesting and quicken the pace, he added a crime mystery. To satisfy romance readers, he wove in a love story. The result is a novel that fulfills the need for a plot, conflict, characters, arcs, etc. while also serving as a vehicle for exploring aspects of "every-man philosophy".
The story took awhile to draw me in. Partly, the writing style is formal and wordy. In some respects, the beginning felt like stepping into a boat at the dock where the boat rocks quite a lot until you settle and pick up the oars. At that point, the Rodwell character, from whose POV the bulk of the story is told, establishes himself as somewhat timid, gentlemanly, and quaint. Funny, even.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another Space in Time by Richard Bunning is a fantasy about a man who is experiencing a new life after his death on another planet and his adventures. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jacklyn A. Lo
Richard Bunning’s book builds an extraordinary world with philosophies, politics and skulduggery which are half-familiar to the involuntary Earth visitors who make up part of the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Elegsabiff
Death, mistaken Identity, kidnapping, corruption, and terrorists, Another Space in Time has it all. Then add to that the idea of what could happen to everyone when they die and you... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Waynekind
If you’re a fan of esoteric, boundary jumping fiction, Richard Bunning’s Another Space in Time is the book you should read. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Charles Ray
This is a metaphysical tale hidden within a science fiction narrative couched inside two murder mysteries (on different planets by disparate individuals) and a love affair. Read morePublished on May 11, 2014 by C. Erec Stebbins
It's true that reading fiction can make you smarter. "Another Space in Time" is proof.
First, a warning. I read it on a plane, which was a big mistake. Read more
We are proud to announce that "Another Space in Time" by Richard Bunning is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer
While I have yet to read the first one, I can say that this book has made me a Richard Bunning fan. At 396 pages it was an easy read and the storytelling was superb. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by im1rarebird
With so many books these days being "written by numbers", it's always refreshing to come across a book with a truly original voice and a compelling story. Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by CamAL