- File Size: 525 KB
- Print Length: 183 pages
- Publication Date: October 15, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009RLJBVW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,746,124 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Time After Time Kindle Edition
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The book is about making changes, but changes need to be repeated to be effective. I found it very clever that the author emphasized on this; he didn't go the typical route of having one thing changing everything.
To succeed, F-10 has to kill an almost infinite number of Hayleys. Time after time he goes back to the point where he meets Hayley and starts again and again. Through repeated, unremembered meetings, as time bleeds into itself, they begin to develop an affinity with each other - the kind of understanding that would normally come from years of friendship. If they begin a relationship, will he abandon his task? What will become of the men of the future, including Roger Jolly? If he succeeds, will the new future be better than the one Roger and F-10 were experiencing?
The action plays out like a scifi Groundhog day, with dark humour and the rhythms and rhymes of the streets as a soundtrack. The author even provides a playlist on Spotify if you'd like to listen along to the tracks mentioned in the book.
We get Schrodinger's Cat, time travel, dystopia and butterflies. The butterflies are a motif throughout the book, both as symbolism for their beauty and fragility, and as an acknowledgement of the chaos theory that states that if a butterfly flaps its wings in one part of the world, it can have an effect on another.
As Time after Time reworks and develops the encounters between F-10 and Hayley and shows us the payoff in the future, we get a fun lesson in physics... and a reminder to be careful what we wish for.
Admittedly, it did take a while to get used to both the author's writing style as well as to get my head round the whole time travel, parallel universe, paradox thing, but I am so glad I persisted!
The concept of the book is relatively simple - go back in time - change something - change the future (or present to our trusty time traveler). But where this book differs from that concept is that there is no single point of action to change. Instead, that change has to be made many times over in separate parallel universes and to effectively change the future he has to be successful in each and every one.
I actually found this concept and the way the book is set out quite fascinating. Scenes are played out to their conclusion and then the same storyline is repeated, branching out from a single alternative choice made by a character into a completely different scenario. This bamboozled me at the start, but it works - it really does! It gets you thinking about how many decisions you make of a day. How many branches could come out of your own life?
All this action is complemented by a soundtrack provided by a rather interesting DJ character. His influence over the people and situations with his music is such that his importance to the story should not be underestimated.
All in all, a very enjoyable read. To be honest, 24 hours later I am still thinking about it and it has been a while since a book's ideas have stayed with me after finishing reading it.
In Time After Time, Nash makes sharp commentary about patriarchal (and feminist) attitudes) by flipping them in what might seem like an old trope of science fiction, the female-only society. The future for men is so bleak, one is sent back to try and change it - but how to do it, and what will the outcome (or outcomes) be?
With F-10, Nash gives us a unique assassin: he has no weapons (nor any experience with them), his only skill being his imagination, his humanity, the only thing he can employ to get close to his intended victim, something he must do over and over again in order to change each possible reality and return men to a superior status. This seems like an impossible task, one that is shadowed by the omniscient DJ, who lives on the council estate F-10 must visit again and again and whose music seems to inform and manipulate the surreal events.
Like films like Terminator (an inspiration for this book), Time After Time takes apart the complications with time travel and the potential for an infinite number of parallel realities, stacked up against one another (like pages in a book, or in this case, different chapters), each with its own unique outcome.
What might sound like an exhausting read is actually quite a lot of fun and Nash's writing makes the story hum along without becoming overburdened with its built-in complications. This is a poet at work, whose writing lifts the text out of standard genre storytelling. With its cinematic inspirations, Time After Time also veers in that direction (with its own soundtrack), and gives the story an epic feel. Challenging, funny and surprising (something you'd never expect from quantum physics) - Time After Time works a treat whether you're a SF fan or not.