Feature: Out of time

This weeks theme is “Out of time”, featuring the best in Time travel, time-slips and parallel universes. As always there will be book reviews, author interviews, original articles, quizzes and film & book recommendation. Please remember to check the Facebook page for features. Let’s start the week off with a book review.

ifyournotJennifer Wright is full of ‘what if’ questions. If she’d stayed with unconventional, carefree Aidan, would she be enjoying life in sun-kissed Australia?

Should she have married fabulously wealthy, workaholic Tim?

Could she have found happiness after all with kind, gentle Steve?

Jennifer’s about to find out. After a terrible row with her husband, she runs out of the house and straight into the path of a car. Whilst in a coma she’s given the gift of seeing exactly how each choice she’s made has dramatically altered her life.

But maybe those answers leave her with even more life-changing decisions to make…

jemmameme2I found the book to be like “Peggy Sue gets married” meets the Ghost of Christmas past. It is very easy when you are unhappy to dwell on “what-ifs” and I thought Jemma Forte portrayed an unhappily married life very honestly.

Jennifer has an accident and she is transported to a kind of afterlife waiting room in the form of the famous tunnel. Each door she picks leads her to another “what if” scenario.

To be honest, I found all of the jumping around from past to present to present past all very confusing at first. It took a lot of getting used to and I think it distracted me from the story because I had to keep turning back pages to figure out the time-line in my head.

jemmameme1After five weeks in a coma, Jennifer wakes up. Having lived multiple “what if” lives, she is now blessed with gift of hindsight. If there is a moral to the story, I would have to say this: it is nice revisiting the past but you can never wish away your children. In theory, any choice that is made – that results in children, by default is the right one.

The ending is slightly inconclusive, but so is life. Sometimes you end up exactly where you are meant to be. It was a very enjoyable book that will lead to you being thought provoked and take you to the land of “What if’s”.




termintor movie posterThe Terminator: Greatest love story ever told

Usually when you think of “The Terminator” film, the first thing that comes to mind is a metallic faced Arnie saying “I’ll be back” and not of a deeply romantic love story. Kyle Reece falls in love with Sarah Connor just from stories he heard and the pictures of her he’d seen.

When the opportunity arrives to travel back in time to protect her; he jumps at the chance. Although, he know it is a one way trip and his survival with be for a limited time.

It is unclear if John Connor knows the truth of Kyle being his father or not; but at that time Kyle has no idea of his important place in fate. All he knows is the woman he loves needs help.

Selflessly he leaps into the unknown past. He doesn’t even know if he will find be able to find Sarah, let alone, if she would even give him the time of day.

kylereee1 “John Connor gave me a picture of you once. I didn’t know why at the time. It was very old-torn, faded. You were young as you are now. You seemed just a little sad. I used to always wonder what you were thinking at that moment. I memorized every line, every curve. I came across time for you Sarah. I love you, I always have.”- Kyle Reese

I don’t know about you but I just melted a bit. That is the most romantic thing I have ever heard. A man risking everything for the woman he loves, and she doesn’t even know he is alive. Luckily for him, she falls under his spell for the rest of her life. Kyle remains the only man for her. It was love from the first words he spoke to her “Come with me if you want to live.”

lovedup1The Terminator has all the hallmarks of the perfect love story. There is conflict, peril, a love that conquerors all adversity, and homicidal robots. OK- maybe not the last one.

It is an unforgettable timeless romance, and who could forget the first scenes when a very naked Michael Bien arrives. My ardour was quickly cooled by him going commando in a pair of vagrant trousers, but I am confident that he had time to shower before his first love scene with Sarah.

Love must have been in the air on set because Linda Hamilton, the actress who played Sarah Connor, later married the director, James Cameron of Titanic fame.

In many ways, The Terminator is the perfect date film. For him, mechanized carnage and Arnold Schwarzenegger and for her, romance and love. Either way, I guarantee you wont be able to look at the film in the same way again.


Here is another great quiz for you, this time it is Time Travel Movie trivia, Don’t forget to post your results.


Other great books that feature time travel:

ruby broochFrom the white-plank fenced pastures of central Kentucky to the Bay of San Francisco, The Ruby Brooch, an emotional saga steeped in family tradition follows a young woman’s quest as she attempts to solve the murder of her birth parents 160 years in the past.

As the lone survivor of a car crash that killed her parents, grief-stricken paramedic Kit MacKlenna makes a startling discovery. A faded letter and a well-worn journal reveal that she was abandoned as a baby. The only clues to her identity are a blood-splattered shawl, a locket with a portrait of a man from the 19th century, and a brooch with mystical powers.

The brooch sweeps her back to the American west in the year 1852 where she meets Scotsman Cullen Montgomery, a San Francisco-bound lawyer who resembles the ghost who has haunted her since childhood. With Cullen’s assistance, she joins a wagon train heading to Oregon.

 The journey is fraught with danger, but nothing is more dangerous than Cullen’s determination to uncover the source of her unusual knowledge and life-saving powers. From the white-plank fenced pastures of central Kentucky to the Bay of San Francisco, The Ruby Brooch, an emotional saga steeped in family tradition and mystery follows a young woman’s quest as she attempts to solve the murder of her birth parents 160 years in the past.
stepbackFrom a review:
When Jo-Jo is hit by a car, the last thing she expects is to wake up and find herself in 1963. The world around her is suddenly very different – from the fashion to the music, even her romantic life. But then it happens three more times, and Jo-Jo finds herself living in the 70′s, 80′s and the 90′s! Why is Jo-jo jumping through time? And if she gets back to her old life, will it be the same?

map of timeFrom review:

It’s difficult to describe the plot of this novel without giving too much away. It’s set in Victorian London and is a rollercoaster ride of time travel, parallel universes, romance, murder and intrigue, featuring Jack the Ripper and novelists H.G. Wells, Bram Stoker and Henry James.

This is a lengthy book, written in three parts. Each is initially a separate story, but
interweaving threads soon appear. Time travel is central to the novel and the author takes the reader on a fascinating and twisting journey – is time travel real or imagined, or just an elaborate parlour trick, the next step on from Victorian Spiritualism?

This is a clever book, with a narrator who is constantly winking at the reader. The author explores the idea of how people might affect the future by making small changes in the past, and uses real historical events and figures to illustrate this, which actually makes the story much more interesting.

H.G. Wells emerges after a while as the central character, who helps a variety of lovelorn folk with their dramatic romantic dilemmas, whilst also hunting down a vicious murderer. There are plenty of other well drawn characters: brave romantic heroes, rich dandies, swooning young girls eager for romance, tenacious police inspectors and wily, scheming criminals. In many ways this novel is typical of the Victorian potboiler with stereotypical characters and situations, but the author manages to elevate it greatly by his ingenious plotting and the introduction of sci-fi elements.


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