Archive for February, 2010

Back to the Future meets Office Space

February 22, 2010

In this novel Time Travel is commonplace and completely mundane. The author doesn’t spend a lot of time geeking out on how the mechanics work, but it seems as though even though time machines are a regular consumer item, the multiverse structures itself in such a way as not to cause continuum destroying paradoxes. The protagonist is an overworked, underpaid consumer time travel machine mechanic, with time machine repair is something you learn at the local community college / TAFE and a profession run out of a garage rather than a high-tech lab. What I really liked about this book is that the plot moves quickly and in unpredictable (though not unbelievable) directions. Little about the book is predictable, which was refreshing because I find the plot setup of many novels leads to a somewhat predictable resolution. Even 95% of the way through Time Machines Repaired While You Wait I wasn’t sure how plot threads would get get tied up. By the end of the book, most plot threads are tied off. Enough is left dangling for the author to bring the hero back in future novels, but the book stands on its merits rather than requiring you to wait for the next installment. If you like the idea of a time travel story mixed with the real life soul destroying reality of KPIs and first level customer support (where the customers can’t find the “any” key on their flux capacitor), you’ll love Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait.