What about your least favorite time travel book?
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I'll start the list of least favorite with Discipline by Paco Ahlgren. Pacing was an issue; I do believe I fell asleep at some points and lack of action is not good in a book on time travel! The twist or "payoff" at the end didn't justify the 400-something pages I had just slogged through.
Too far to go for too little reward. I accept that many others feel passionately but oppositely (ugly word, think I made it up) to me, and more power to 'em. I won't be competing for the last copy of the book with any fan.
What about alternate history novels? Any of those appeal to you? I'm always recommending Islandia to people, its portrait of an agrarian society has always appealed to me.
But I don't like the ones who set their short story or novel in a war, or as a result of a war being won by the 'other side' (and being set soon after)
The odd thing is, I don't mind some military sf.
But I don't find much compelling in books that cover fighting or war detail from earth history - even with the 'twist'.
For that reason, an anthology I bought called Roads Not Taken just didn't engage me. john257hopper would probably like it more. It's a shame as the book sounded appealing to me, just wasn't when I read it.
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Robert Conroy's 1901 was bad in some similar ways, but merely bad, not dreadful.
The time-travel aspect was nicely handled. The POV character was a sanctimonious, self-righteous sow, sent back to the second century CE, and became not one whit less sanctimonious or self-righteous. Why the inhabitants of Carnuntum failed to avail themselves of the crucifixion option is a mystery for the ages. I searched my lumber pile for big enough pieces at several points, forgetting you can't actually crucify a fictional character. Bummer.
I love Doomsday book and To Say Nothing of the Dog.
While I can quite like time travel / portal fantasy stuff, I tend to strongly dislike any that veers into what I'd tend to call "temporal colonialism", that is, characters from more "advanced" settings stealing the show by sole virtue of anachronic knowledge, while being otherwise poorly characterized, or plain boring and uninteresting. The settings also tend to get poor treatment and detailing, their main function amounting to being "backward" enough that the heroes can work "wonders" through means perfectly mundane for them.
Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court was the exception as Twain lampoons his own main character almost as hard as the arthurian court he's thrown at.
Sorry, Southern upbringing recrudesced for a moment. But oh boy howdy do I agree with you! My review of Household Gods said the same sort of thing, only not as eloquently quotably. ("Temporal colonialism" has entered my vocabulary, and thanks for the phrase!)
John257hopper wasn't any better pleased with that one than I was...his somewhat less scathingly dismissive review is a must read.
#20 - have also read this recently and was disappointed by it - also reviewed here.
I haven't got or read the War that Came early series but I am sure I will give it a try.
And this was the guy who wrote The Stainless Steel Rat! Was it a bet or blackmail?