Time’s Eye–Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter

Two words for you.

Torture. Device.

I try to like all books, I really do. But I’m just not becoming attached to Science Fiction like I want to be. It’s like pulling teeth when I’m reading it. Now I’m wondering if it’s because the first couple I’ve read have involved monkeys and I can’t get passed my bias on not liking books and movies about monkeys.

This particular book Time’s Eye would be good for people who like scifi, the writing was good, the storyline was decent, but I can’t get past the monkeys. Ok, not true, I grew fond of the two monkeys in the book. I felt bad for them, I wanted them to get free, but  the second that the writers found it necessary to say that the men in the book were molesting and raping the mother monkey I was done with this book.

Sure, I powered through, I stuck with the human storyline, but there was no way for them to make a comeback from that. It was 100% unnecessary to the storyline. I got the feeling that they were just trying to show how inhumane humans can be, which they did with the beating of the animals, but the rape of animals was just too far for me.

Leaving all that aside, the rest of the book was pretty good. The humans are trapped in a time where there is a time mesh thing happening. Alexander the Great and Ghengis Khan are both melded into this, along with two groups of people from the future and an army of English soldiers.

Ok. So, I think you get the hint. Decent book for SciFi lovers, but I guess I’m not one of them. I’ll still be reading more in the future to keep trying, but for now it’s bugging me.

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