A Tale of Time City
London, 1939. Vivian Smith thinks she is being evacuated to the countryside, because of the war. But she is being kidnapped - out of her own time. Her kidnappers are Jonathan and Sam, two boys her own age, from a place called Time City, designed especially to oversee history. But now history is... show more
London, 1939. Vivian Smith thinks she is being evacuated to the countryside, because of the war. But she is being kidnapped - out of her own time. Her kidnappers are Jonathan and Sam, two boys her own age, from a place called Time City, designed especially to oversee history. But now history is going critical, and Jonathan and Sam are convinced that Time City's impending doom can only be averted by a twentieth-century girl named Vivian Smith. Too bad they have the wrong girl. . . .
Publish date: April 12th 2012
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
A Tale of Time City is essentially what it says on the tin: a tale of Time City, a fantastical city built on a loose fragment of time and space which stands outside of human history. Its inhabitants, much like Terry Pratchett's History Monks, look after the progression of events in history so that i...
Classic DWJ. Blandish characters. Interesting story, inventive even. But nothing is explained. For example:How did Time City come about?When? Why are some Eras unstable and other fixed? When did they become unstable? Have they always been that way? Magic Caskets?How will that restore Time City? And ...
In preparation for German bombing, children are evacuated from London. Vivian Smith is discontentedly waiting to be picked up by her unknown cousin Marty when an older boy commands her to follow him. Moments later, she finds herself in a strange plastic&metal room. Vivian has been kidnapped throu...
DWJ Book Toast, #18 Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite fantasy authors, growing up and now, and I was saddened by the news of her death. I can't say I'm overcome with emotion - as personal as some of her work is to me, its not like I knew her after all - but I wish I could put into words how I ...
Most of Jones' books have delighted me. This one was just "eh". maybe because I was sick, maybe because the cover was so bloody hideous and eye-damaging and stomach-churning. Hard to say, really. The book is better than this cover, but then, so are books I would never read because I loathe the idea ...