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Name : Timeline

Author: Michael Crichton

Genre : Techno-thriller and science fiction

Pages : 421

Language: English

Publication Year: November 1999

Is Review Spoiler: No

Awards :

Movie based on this book : Timeline (released in 2003)

Rating: 4/5 —————————————————————————————————————————

Time travel is one of the most loved topic by the science fiction and fantasy writers. The word Time Travel always fascinates every one, Imagine what it would be if you can travel through time. You can go back in time and meet your self as a child. you can go to the future and see how we will progress in the coming centuries.

Michael Crichton knows how to put forward the very complex ideas of time travel and quantum physics so that the normal reader can understand it. Michael Crichton always takes very specific and current events in the scientific world and blends them with our day-to-day life, in this case, very specific historical events, which are clearly researched and thoroughly presented. You can find plenty of references about the material he put forward in his novel at the end of his book as always.

Michael Crichton has contributed much to techno-thriller genre, people even call him father of techno-thriller genre. His novel like Jurassic Park, The Lost World brought him the world-wide fame. People always talk about the advantages of the technology, it may be genetics or quantum physics. They never talk about what will happen if these technology go wrong. In Jurassic Park he has shown what Genetics will do if we don’t use it wisely and same thing he has done in Timeline, this time the area is quantum physic.

Timeline is basically a blend of Ultra Modern Technology and Medieval warfare. The Combination of Medieval warfare and technology works great. I think the action sequences in this book are much more detailed like he is writing a actual film script not novel, detailing out every bit of the action.  The only problem with the book is the character development. The few characters which are detailed too much never appear again in the book and the character who are critical to the plot never developed.

In an Arizona desert a man wanders in a daze, speaking words that make no sense. Within twenty-four hours he is dead, his body swiftly cremated by his only known associates. Halfway around the world archaeologists make a shocking discovery at a medieval site.

Suddenly they are swept off to the headquarters of a secretive multinational corporation that has developed an astounding technology. Now this group is about to get a chance not to study the past but to enter it. And with history opened to the present, the dead awakened to the living, these men and women will soon find themselves fighting for their very survival six hundred years ago.

Overall a interesting read which will teach you what Quantum Physic is and How one can achieve time travel at least in theory. I will recommend this book for techno-thriller and sci-fi fans.

Dirk Gently Holistic Detective Agency, is a Science Fiction Mystery Thriller and Comedy Novel by the author of Hitch hikers Guide to Galaxy “Douglas Adams”.
Dirk Gently is the name of Detective, who owns Holistic Detective Agency. Dirk Gently is something new in Mystery and Detective genre, it will make you laugh at the same time solves the puzzle surrounding the mystery, he doesn’t use the finger prints, witness to solve the case. He use the interconnectedness of things surrounding the suspect and solves the puzzle in innovative way.

The Plot of this book is little or little big non-linear, because the main theme of this book is time travel. You may ask why name holistic? here is the answer given by Dirk “The term ‘holistic’ refers to my conviction that what we are concerned with here is the fundamental interconnectedness of all things”.

dirk gentlys holistic detective agency

dirk gentlys holistic detective agency

When Dirk sees his old college mate Richard was entering into Susan Way’s house from window, sister of Gordan Way owner of Wayforward Technologie, he calls
Susan ways house and ask details about what he is doing there and at the end of call he says :

Dirk : “Meet me at the pizza parlor in half an hour. And bring money.”
Richard : “What — Dirk, are you trying to blackmail me?”
Dirk : “No, you fool, for the pizzas!” 🙂

At the same time there someone murders Gordon Way, while he meets Dirk, Dirk tells him that someone murdered Gordon Way and Policy thinks Richard is the suspect, now he tries to solve the mystery by using his unique interconnectedness technique.

In parallel, there was a Electric Monk in some desert with his horse, these monks are created to believe everything so that we need not to believe anything, this monk in desert believes everything for many many years and he starts to believe that there exist a door in the desert which leads him to somewhere, where, he don’t know but for sure somewhere, suddenly the door appears and he goes inside it, that door brings him to the bathroom of Reg – Professor Urban Chronotis at St Cedd’s.

Four billion ago, a group of Salaxalans attempts populate the earth but by laziness of there engineer causes the landing spaceship to explode, killing all the Salaxalans. The exlpode generates the spark of energy needed to create amino acids and start the process of life on Earth. The ghost of Salaxan Engineer remains and haunts the earth for billions of years, until he can correct his mistake and watches human life develops from small virus to intelligent species for four billion years. Finally the ghost discovers that Reg – Professor Urban Chronotis at St Cedd’s, has created the time machine and he can undo his mistake and save his Salaxalans friends and stop the life from creating on earth.

Now Dirk need to solve the mystery behind the Murder of Gordon Way and he has to save the humankind from total destruction- by stopping the ghost from using time machine and also uncover the mystery behind this electric monk.

This is the typical Douglas Adams novels, which has humor, mystery and science-fiction. This novel is little complicated and if you have read Douglas Adams best selling novel “The Hitch hiker Guide to the Galaxy” then you can read this novel, but this novel is more complicated that H2G2. If you haven’t read any of Douglas Adams books then I suggest first you read his Hitch Hiker Guide to Galaxy then you can pick this one.

I give it : 4/5.


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