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Time Salvager – tekijä: Wesley Chu
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Time Salvager (vuoden 2015 painos)

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Sarjat: Time trilogy (1)

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"Convicted criminal James Griffin-Mars is no one's hero. In his time, Earth is a toxic, abandoned world, and humans have fled into the outer solar system to survive, eking out a fragile, doomed existence among the other planets and their moons. Those responsible for delaying humanity's demise believe time travel holds the key, and they have identified James, troubled though he is, as one of a select and expendable few ideally suited for the most dangerous job in history"--Amazon.com.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:Teuthex
Teoksen nimi:Time Salvager
Kirjailijat:Wesley Chu (Tekijä)
Info:Tor Books (2015), Edition: First Edition first Printing, 384 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 23) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Whoof, not good. Poorly written, dumb ideas.

Chicago Nerds discussion notes: http://positronchicago.blogspot.com/2016/02/chicago-nerds-time-salvager.html ( )
  jakecasella | Sep 21, 2020 |
Time travel that does some new and interesting things, mostly to do with motivation and the psychology of it. Science fiction with a richly developed setting and inventive gadgets. People and problems that, for all they’re 500 years from now, feel real—not always relatable, but real. (It is, after all, a sign of good writing when things are so believable they make you angry.) Some of James’ character stuff felt a bit off to me, like it was either really well-done mental illness or poor narrative motivation, but I suspect at least some of that will get resolved or clarified in the next book. Which I will be reading.

7/10 ( )
  NinjaMuse | Jul 26, 2020 |
In a distant future in which humanity, having utterly depleted the solar system of resources, is clinging to existence by a thread, chronmen are employed to travel back in time and mine the resources of the past.

[a:Wesley Chu|5990662|Wesley Chu|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1337892454p2/5990662.jpg], you had me at time-travel. Full review. ( )
  markflanagan | Jul 13, 2020 |
I really wanted to like this more. There's a lot of great things that can be said about clarity of style, fairly well-developed and interesting characters, and a promising concept, and this novel had it all, including an interesting hard-sf opening with a doomed space battle with highly advanced humanoids, but unfortunately, all the promise kinda fizzled.

This is a time travel book, isn't it? There was too little time travel. Even the rules against doing it too much turned out to be so much hokum, and the worst that can be expected is just the time-traveller's body giving out. (Sure, that's bad enough, but there's always a way around such things. After all, they have time and times that are much better at healing failing bodies, but such a fix was never explored.)

Instead, we have an Evil Corp trope, which can be done smart or not, depending on the author's talent, but the fact that our future is such a shithole because of stupidity and greed is simply a too obvious worldbuilding technique. Clarity of prose can easily lend itself to a much more complex and compelling plot.

Did I really want to wind up reading about a small band of shit-dwelling future bostonians living a stone-age existence while a handful of super-bright and/or super-powerful tech-wielding outcasts befriend and later try to save the earth from the muck of industrial byproducts? No, not really. This was supposed to be a time-travel novel. There's all of HISTORY that could have been plumbed. Including that present's future.

Was I disappointed with the direction the story went?

Well, let me throw out a caveat: The whole novel was competent and the action scenes were fun, the characters were believable and the growing love wasn't too painful to read. James's handler was definitely a bright point in the novel, as was the turnaround of the auditor. From the very start of the tale, I was hooked and flew through the pages, just wanting to see what would happen next, thinking that I was going to be in for a real treat of imagination and discovery.

Of course, that's where I went wrong. Perhaps the fact that this is only a book one out of an unknown number will clear up and develop a better story, later, such as turning this primitive tribe into a team of outlaw chronomen, but then again, maybe not. I'd say this novel is redeemed, if it eventually turns out to be true, but otherwise, I'm stuck sitting on my hands and and wondering if I had just read anything more than a mediocre tale.

My only complaint is in the fulfillment of the social contract between author and reader. I wasn't as satisfied as I should have been, based on the promises that the prose started me out with.

We'll see for the later books. I'm not giving up just yet. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
3.5 Stars

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In a time where resources are scarce, what better way to generate new ones by plundering the past. I mean, it is not as if anyone is still alive to complain about it, right?

Meet the Chronmen, they travel back in time to 'salvage' these valuable resources, accompanied by armor that almost super-human, it is hard to remain with both feet on the ground. However, there are some rules. One rule is the most important of them all: at the end of the day everyone should be in his/her own time.

I like time travel stories, in general, but this was also a nice take on it. The characters are not very likeable, being arrogant and all, but it sort of makes sense in the light of the work they are doing. Time travel is dangerous. There are not many people who make it to their retirement.

The story was a fast one, and my biggest problem was that it felt like a set-up for the series. The real story only seems to start at the end of the book, almost forcing you to continue the series (which I planned to do anyway, but still). Either way, I'm curious to see where this is going.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! ( )
  Floratina | Dec 7, 2019 |
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