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review 2019-02-18 21:01
Timepiece
Timepiece - Heather Albano


I read time travel, so count me in. There's an introduction in the book about the special setting where, from our POV, people from one historical setting visit another one. Besides it is set in an alternative steampunk London where monsters and the machines that were meant to keep them in check roam around.

This is a good example of how thing gradually became worse, with the solution being even worse than the problem and this for several problems. Luckily there is a bunch of time traveling pocket watches available and some young people who are willing to use it to rid the world once and for all of these problems. Our main characters are from Georgian England and it is clear that HG Wells and the like have not yet been around, because of course they should have realized right from the start that History doesn't want to be changed and that these things NEVER end well.

The story was a bit slower than I expected. While they do jump around in time quite some, I was perhaps still used to the mayhem that is St Mary's in that other Time Travel series that I'm reading. I'm however, not entirely on board with the rules of the time travel in this one, especially since they glance over (or at least give a unsatisfactory answer) to two of the most important paradoxes of time travel. I hope this will be resolved a bit better in the next book, which I hope to read soon.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2015-03-03 08:07
Keeping Up With The Joneses
Doctor Who: Keeping Up with the Joneses (Time Trips) - Nick Harkaway

The Tenth Doctor is my favourite so far, so this Time Trip with the Tenth Doctor should definitely be a success.

 

And it was indeed very enjoyable, it read like watching an episode. After the TARDIS hits the remnants of a temporal mine left-over from the Time War he finds himself in a strange village. But he never left the TARDIS, or did he?

 

I like these short Doctor Who stories and this was no exception. The story was quite nice and the writing too. I've actually gotten myself another book by Nick Harkaway after reading Keeping Up With The Joneses.

 

Other Doctor Who novels I've read and reviewed:

* 12th Doctor:

Silhouette (Killer Origami), The Blood Cell (Prison) The Crawling Terror (Giant Insects)

* 11th Doctor:

Touched by an Angel (Weeping Angels)

*3rd Doctor:

The loneliness of the Long Distance Time-Traveller (Alternative England)

* War Doctor:
The Engines of War ("Ex-ter-mi-nate!")

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review 2014-02-05 16:07
Doctor Who: Keeping up with the Joneses
Doctor Who: Keeping Up with the Joneses - Nick Harkaway

When the TARDIS strikes a temporal mine, The Doctor finds himself in Jonestown, Wales, and surrounded by familiar-seeming people. But he never left the TARDIS, did he? And can the Doctor undo whatever damage to the TARDIS the temporal mine has done? Of course! He's the Doctor...

I got this from Netgalley.

As I said in the teaser, the TARDIS hit a leftover weapon from the Time War and chaos ensues. In this outing, the Tenth Doctor has to suss out what's going on and save the day, as per usual. 

Nick Haraway crafts an entertaining little Time Trip in Keeping Up with the Joneses. The Tenth Doctor is written in fine form and the mystery of Jonestown is well done. Without spoiling too much, it reminds me of one of the holodeck-centric episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It felt very much like a Doctor Who episode, complete with me imagining the "sorting stuff out" music playing near the end.

One minor disappointment is that I expected Marth Jones to be in it since the word Jones is in the title. Other than that, no gripes. I was entertained for the hour and a half it took me to read it. 
These Time Trips are nice little nuggets of Whovian entertainment. While they aren't awesome, they're a lot of fun. Three out of five stars.

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review 2010-12-31 00:00
Keeping Time
Keeping Time - Stacey McGlynn Daisy Phillips admits that she is an old lady, but she sure does not want to be treated like one. Before giving any consideration to her son’s suggestion that it may be time to move into a “retirement community” Daisy decides to look for her first love. A man who disappeared from her life during WWII and has not been heard from since. The only thing she has to help is an engraved pocket watch and her estranged and dysfunctional family halfway around the world.

Another absolutely charming book from a first time author. This is definitely one to read in front of the fire with a cup of tea … you won’t want to put it down until you reach the last page.
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review 2010-05-09 00:00
Keeping Time
Keeping Time - Jamie Craig If you like a sexy story with a broken older woman and a determined younger man, then this is a good story for you.

Ana is in her late 30's and is damaged in the love department when her husband of 15 years leaves her for another woman. As a member of a "street promo team" for her favorite band, she begins emailing another member named Ben...emailing turns to chatting which progresses to talking and finally meeting live and in person. There is no denying there is chemistry between these two--things would be perfect if Ana could just get over their age gap of 16 years. I enjoyed watching their relationship develop and really liked Ben's persistence in his quest to win Ana's heart.
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