Audiobook Reviews: 4/5 The Time Pedaler by Michael Maxwell and Tally Scully

 

Summary:

Chant Baker finds and old time machine in the basement of his parents’ shop. He uses it to visit a few key spots in history and solve a small mystery.

Additional Comments:

– It’s middle grade appropriate.

– I’m not big on time travel books in general because logic always messes with my head. They tried to address the issue of clothes a few times, but it just seemed like everywhere Chant went initially, people were very friendly and totally accepting of the fact that he appeared out of nowhere. I can see his clothes blending in well enough in the 1960’s but 1860’s?

– His family’s perfect, but that’s cool. The fact that a perfect nuclear family strikes me as abnormal is probably just a sad commentary on the state of the modern world.

– The places Chant chooses to visit do follow a certain logic, which I appreciate. (Mostly, they’re places he wants to study for history or English class.) I enjoyed the fact that he didn’t get a perfect grade even though he’d traveled back in time and witnessed the event in person because history isn’t always remembered perfectly.

– There wasn’t a real sense of danger, but that might come from the general middle grade feel than something in the plot. Probably don’t want a story like this to come across as too scary anyway.

– I hear the audio version, which was very good.

– Fun, unique premise that’s well-executed (in audio format anyway)

Conclusion:

If middle grade time travel’s something you enjoy, Chant won’t disappoint you.

 

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Audiobook Reviews: The Amazing Adventures of Mr. Tinker by Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson

Introduction:

Lately, I’ve been expanding my reading palate. It’s been quite an adventure, which is fitting given the book being featured today. I’ve not read a time travel story for a very long time. I think the last time travel movie I saw was Timeline (excellent movie by the way). Here, we meet Jovan. He’s an orphan taken in as an apprentice to this brilliant professor. In 59 pages, there isn’t a lot of time to develop their characters, but a lot happens. They meet up with Hitler, visit Woodstock, and much more.

Summary:

Mr. Tinker, in of Nicola Tesla’s associates, works with a young assistant named Jovan to try and recover 9 missing time travel devices.

Slight Disappointments:

  • This is not a novel. It’s a short story.
  • It doesn’t really have an ending either. It’s more of a part 1 of 3 or 4. As a big fan of closure, that’s disappointing.
  • Content warnings: There are a few curse words near the end, ~ last half hr. Their trip to Woodstock leaves them with some striking images burned on their brains.

What I Enjoyed:

  • The story is filled with wonders of a wild imagination. That’s one of the most compelling aspects of scifi in general. You never know what you’re going to get because the author can break almost any rule as long as there’s a plausible explanation.
  • The premise is simple yet fun. A professor and his assistant travel across time to prevent 9 villains from destroying time with their misuse of a great invention.
  • The tiger and little aliens are interesting side characters.
  • The book has an unusual yet interesting cover.

Conclusion:

In The Amazing Adventures of Mr. Tinker, we have a neat intro to an intriguing series.

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