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Time Trippers: The Nights of the Round Table Paperback – May 16, 2011
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From the Author
My book lets the reader take a walk through the last week of September, 1927 to experience the Jazz Age firsthand, as if you were there.
I used the New York Times as a guide for what was happening in the city that week, and accidentally stumbled on the major event in the book, which took what was a time travel travelogue into the realm of high adventure. I strove to carefully model the time and place, including transportation, ship arrivals and departures, movie and show times, radio programs, all are actual from either the newspaper or other sources. I also made sure that it was plausible that the historical characters could have been there. The book is chock full of historical tidbits that would warrant further study and gives the reader a viable snapshot of life in the Jazz Age that week. My blog provides a more in-depth look and links for further study: michaelalanmayer.wordpress.com/
I am also something of an expert on the 1920's which was a critical decade in the making of modern America when all the elements of technology, communication, science, commerce, culture, and especially the unintended consequences of Prohibition, newly liberated women and youth and above all attitude all came together at one time.
These factors were the result of decades of struggles, both political and economic, industrialization, immigration and the World War to produce the decade known as the Roaring Twenties, which sadly ended in the terrible hangover of the Great Depression. Yet the decade left a lasting mark, producing, for better or worse, the modern society that we know today and the decade's attitudes led to the first blossoming of liberated women on a mass scale and youth's constant questioning of society's values, decade after decade, keeping society constantly renewing itself. Women and youth were what the Twenties were all about.
About the Author
Michael Alan Mayer (1951 -
Born in New York, raised in Florida since 1958 and residing in Minnesota since 1989, he is a serious history and time travel buff. He holds an MA in History from Delhi University in India (St. Stephen's College), a BA from University of Wisconsin, Madison and spent 32 years in the airline industry.
"I am deeply interested in spreading not only the history itself, but the ambiance as well. The cultural and technological context one can learn from the old periodicals of a given time period is a key to perhaps explain why something happened. History is too often taught in a dry manner, yet it is the greatest adventure there is and fiction can seldom hold a candle to it."
"My aim in my books is to take my characters and the reader through time and history to experience it first-hand, in a fun and readable way, yet conveying interesting 'snapshots' of life in a particular time period, highlighting key elements of culture, technology and society at that particular time to capture the flavor of a given period."
He is also very keen on historical accuracy: "I'm also very picky about history as well. Historical and Time Travel novels with sloppy history, inaccurate details of life and technology in a particular time period are not only irritating but misleading. In this first novel, I learned a lot about the decade of the 1920s during my research. Although I am writing historical fiction I will always try to get the facts as straight as possible while enjoying the journey of my characters as they (and you, the reader) experience it firsthand."
To contact me, please visit my blog at: michaelalanmayer.wordpress.com/
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This book caught me, once I began reading it I could not stop. I thought it might be slow but I was surprised how it moved along. I love the story of a grandpa traveling in time with his grand children visiting historical places where by now you can only know them by studying them in school books. I learned a lot about the '20's. I had no idea about Dorothy Parker and all that and that so much was going on in the US and the world. Meeting the Japanese Navy officer halfway through turned the story into real adventure where the future is at stake!
It was really cute how the grandson Jonathan is a little mischievous and keeps letting people know they are from the future. The surprise ending was cool!
The book made me feel that I was really there. It flows like a very real day-to-day journey. While they meet a lot of interesting people, the feeling was that it was possible to do so. I could see it like it was a movie.
It's a great way to remember my childhood, being a child was so great! Now I am in my 30's and a career woman and we do not have as much time to enjoy, and traveling with your imagination or in a book is a great option.
Buy it soon and enjoy the adventure to be a kid again with your kids! :)
Time Trippers: The Nights of the Round Table
Maybe a corrected version will be released and I'll try it again. The premise sounded interesting. Life's too short to waste time on books that wouldn't even receive a passing grade in high school. There were so many errors: wrong verb tense, misplaced modifiers, bad punctuation... It was just way too annoying.
Time Trippers transports a present day grandfather and two young grandchildren back to 1927 New York where we're allowed to experience a few days through their eyes and emotions. Mayer's extensive research and an obvious personal commitment to historical accuracy, presents famous characters and events in a way that is not only entertaining but also educational.
I highly recommend this read and can only hope that Mayer will share his talent and historical perspective with us in future books.
The people, places and events otherwise described have been meticulously researched, and all in all, I enjoyed the book, which can be read in a single sitting.