follow site I had no expectations of the book when I started which is rare for me, but even if I had started with high expectations, this book would have met them. Over ratings on goodreads with an average of 4. A unique story of time travel, of love, of life, of humanity. They are not one dimensional. Many stories that try to achieve similar goals start at point A and go to point B in a predictable manner. There are many points in this story where I was surprised at what happened - and it wasn't just the author changing story lines just to shock or to surprise the reader.
The changes in this book are natural and well-supported. By universe, I don't just mean world building and descriptiveness. I mean how does THAT world impact the story. It is one thing for me to smell the ocean on the wind because the author describes it so well. It is another thing for that description to go to the next level and impact the story itself. I like a story where the universe isn't just the color of the world, but it has an impact on the world. Who do I think would like this book? People who enjoy time travel, but not in the hard core sci-fi manner.
The time travel is important to the book, but it isn't front and center. It is a tool used to forward the plot. There are many friends that will receive recommendations of this book from me. BUT, i think jerry merritt really corrected the course and despite some far fetched plot twists, i ended up really loving the c i was really surprised by this book! BUT, i think jerry merritt really corrected the course and despite some far fetched plot twists, i ended up really loving the characters, and the story was a well rounded, neatly tied up little adventure.
Nov 02, Wallis rated it it was amazing. I'm not one to harbor on editing as, unless it renders the book comprehensible, we have the mental capacity to understand the writers intent That particular burr from under my saddle let me say "No problem with editing No problem with character development.
Yes to a great storyline filled with memorable characters Can't say enough and, as I seldom leave but a line or two review, end your misery of reading my review by simply asking all to "Get off your duffs and go buy or download the book. It does not disappoint. Feb 05, Douglas Impiccini rated it liked it. I felt that a better story was left behind and that the one we got was a weak offshoot.
Did the author die and his agent finish the novel? The performance was fantastic. Nov 07, Sean Randall rated it really liked it.
I was reminded, by the end, of one of Heinlein's weirder transhumanic endings. An interesting yarn here with a lot of ethical intrigue ,it did captivate me, even if I can't quite bring myself to call it best in class. May 12, Trish R. It would have been a great book if it had been less pages. I did like the players: Cager, Arlie, Ell and Aunt Cealie. The long drawn out part of this book was the pages and pages and pages of describing how Cager was building his time machine.
It was a good story but too drawn out and too much unnecessary information.
A Gift of Time has ratings and reviews. Donna said: A Gift of Time started out questionably, almost hokey in the interactions between Cager, th. A Gift of Time [Jerry Merritt] on inaqowepyt.ml *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers . When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time.
Well, it was good until Cager and Ell decided to try out the machine and ended up back millions of years with the dinosaurs. And Cager throwing rocks at a dinosaur to protect Ell was silly. The end was kind of disappointing, too. But overall it was a good story.
There was very little swearing and no sex. As to the narration: Apr 07, O.
Prime rated it liked it. A story about what it means to be human might be one way to describe this novel. It doesn't break much new ground in terms of science fiction, but is enjoyable nonetheless. Mostly that enjoyment stems from frequent clever dialogue and many touching moments. For me the book started off very strong but weakened as it went on.
I was fairly well done with it by time the book ended. Not as good A story about what it means to be human might be one way to describe this novel. Not as good as the former, better than the latter. May 18, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: What a beautiful book! Jan 19, Dream Always rated it it was amazing. I have added this book to my top 25 books ever list.
I love all the characters. I read it and listened to it in the car and it made me laugh so many times, and ponder life, love, decisions and family. Nov 03, Kylie rated it it was amazing.
Perhaps the editor felt this was fine, or didn't really edit much and let it slide. Sign up for our newsletter. Jan 01, Jesse added it. He finds himself being hunted by dinosaurs in the Cretaceous period and the author lost me. View all 44 comments. It doesn't break much new ground in terms of science fiction, but is enjoyable nonetheless. And that there's family just waiting for you to want them.
I stayed up up till dawn once just to read more of this book. Jan 29, Kevin Green rated it it was ok. Reads like late Robert Heinlein, by which I mean bad. Teen wish -fulfilment fantasy. Jan 24, Doug rated it liked it Shelves: A little simplistic in places, and the whole thing sort of reads as a male fantasy beautiful naked alien chick, going back in time to correct injustices, becoming an almost-all-powerful time traveler, etc. But it was still an interesting read, and I liked the characters.
Feb 13, Kevin rated it liked it Shelves: It starts off as a fairly standard science fiction book; transitions abruptly to a coming-of-age story; Swerves into hard-core science-fiction with interesting time travel analysis; then ends as a book about introspection and what it means to be human. But it is supposed to be a time-travel book - and in that it fails. Unfortunately the book completely ignores the core of time travel novels which is the time travel paradox.
Without examining the paradoxes inherent in time travel the book is in effect not a time travel book - because the paradox of the cause and effect of the act of time travel is really the crux of any good time travel book. I will say that the author is a very good writer and there is a very nice fluidity and poetry to his writing style. Nov 24, Bill Poplaski rated it it was amazing. Listened to 28 books so far and this one is number 1 I really enjoyed this book.
It keep me on the edge of my seat right to the very end. I listened to it on audible and the narration was great. I have listened to 28 books so far and this one ranks number1. Jan 15, Diane rated it liked it Shelves: An alien visitor crashes her time glider in the front lawn. Time travel with the space component factored in. Getting to go back to when you were 10 with all your 80 years of knowledge to correct a mistake. The beginning and the end were brilliant. It only get a 3 stars because of how bogged down in the science of got in the middle when he was was trying to build a time machine.
And that's coming from someone with an interest in physics; quantum and astro.
Very well done and u An alien visitor crashes her time glider in the front lawn. Very well done and unique. Dec 04, Marjorie R. Huse rated it it was amazing. A wondrous tale This exceeded all my expectations. I simply could not force myself to put it down. This story had so much depth and feeling. It also got really technical, which kinda left me behind occasionally. I cannot praise this story enough. Twists and turns, people, dangers, it had it all. Jul 09, Shelly Singhal rated it really liked it.
A tour de force This book blew me away. At times lyrical almost poetic. At times great sci fi. At times a great combination of both. Jul 20, Stephanie Evers rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I think that the reviews here have vastly overstated the quality of this book. It was entertaining and fun, and the middle section where the main character was a year-old was extremely compelling. If the book had just been about that section of the story, I probably would have awarded it 4 or 5 stars. The prose was lovely and the story of Joey and Arlie was compelling and sad.
The novel fell short in its lazy use of tropes for example, including a basically magical, all-knowing, ancient Afri I think that the reviews here have vastly overstated the quality of this book. The novel fell short in its lazy use of tropes for example, including a basically magical, all-knowing, ancient African-American woman who has no obvious personal characteristics other than to know everything without being told, live in a swamp, and dispense wisdom; an also basically magical space alien who is eternally young and beautiful, who is in love with Micajah, and whose whole purpose of existing is literally him; and another female character who follows Micajah around, is in love with him, and literally sacrifices her life for him, all while he informs the reader throughout the narrative that he is incapable of feeling or expressing love to these women.
There are no consequences for any actions. Micajah seems to be nearly all-knowing, but makes one incomprehensibly terrible decision after another and nothing unfixably bad ever happens to him. He is immortal, knows everything, is literally a billionaire, and is adored by everyone in his life, despite his inability to show them love. Everything in this book is convenient, from the way that the 80 year old protagonist encountering an alien in his yard just happens to have a PhD in physics and owns an engineering company that allows him to access to a personal helicopter and facilities to make Everyone just accepts time travel and aliens as normal and continues with their day, even in the 19th century.
The protagonist believes he is always right and makes decisions without caring at all how they will affect others. Women in this narrative exist only to adore Micajah and die to further his story. In short, the entire book was a profoundly self-centered narrative about one overly privileged and selfish man getting everything he wants and eventually becoming immortal, while being depicted as literally among the best that humanity has to offer. This is a lot of criticism, but it bothered me throughout the story.
This book was fun and I did enjoy it, but the issues above made giving it any more than 3 stars an impossibility for me. Dec 09, Barry Bozeman rated it really liked it. This begins as a brilliantly funny and most interesting story then is ruined by a stupidity that is actually offensive and demeaning to the reader. Nobody could possibly be as brilliant and ostensibly careful as Micajah Fenton and find himself and Lovely Pebble; in the fix they are in when he tests his machine.
It's just too DUMB to suspend any disbelief and is totally unnecessary to the story. Micajah Fenton seems to be of necessity patterned on the author. Jerry - Micajah postulates that; ever This begins as a brilliantly funny and most interesting story then is ruined by a stupidity that is actually offensive and demeaning to the reader.
Jerry - Micajah postulates that; everyone has at one time fantasized about returning to relive his life with the knowledge of what is learned in this one intact. This is not true of course - I have asked this question of many family and friends and I alone among them have considered - fantasized - this possibility. In fact, I've written many personal accounts of what I would do if given that opportunity and shared the idea with a number of friends.
In fact, I assembled a detailed plan that includes the point in time I would like to re-enter my life at the Colorado Boy Scout Jamboree Summer at 14 years of age. Upon body death I postulate choice. And the thing is that most people don't have the slightest I idea what to choose given that possibility. I postulate that the infinite Universe of infinite branches of worlds in infinite dimensions so allowing any individual a replay of life is relatively simple since a duplicate world is not hard to realize - whether it is a virtual or actual reality.
I am offended when Micajah is written as too stupid to avoid the catastrophe that results from his wreckless initial manned test of the time glider. Jerry - Micajah please hear this now: No one who has actually thought about time travel to the extent required to go through 80 years and another 40 of a 2nd life bent on building a time machine to save his brother would be a dumb as this character. Can we actually believe that years of life leaves the protagonist incapable of comprehending the new reality and loving Lovely Pebble; without regard for her humanity The mistakes made are so obvious and absurd for a man who is fully aware of the danger of this machine falling into the wrong hands.
This failure of imagination is the infuriating destruction of what could have been a brilliant work of science fiction. Jerry - Micajah goes from being an admirable character bent on saving a brother, a friend, and a mother to becoming a person deserving of contempt for his failure to love Lovely Pebble or to attain any of his aims - and particularly for his failure to appreciate The Gift of Time. Sep 22, Lagarto rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review is for the audiobook edition, not the text.
The reader for this audiobook edition is exceptional. The protagonist is a southern gentleman Florida Panhandle. The reader has the perfect accent, timing, and intonation to pull it off. A better voice actor would be hard to find, anywhere. He suits the book perfectly. Even up until the last 2 hours of the book, I was holding my tongue, and my opinion. I read a lot of reviews that were hating on the style and substance of the book, which pu This review is for the audiobook edition, not the text.
I read a lot of reviews that were hating on the style and substance of the book, which puzzled me. Yes, there are a lot of different styles in play here, which is unusual.
Perhaps the author is new to this genre, I have not delved into his other works or history at all. Perhaps the editor felt this was fine, or didn't really edit much and let it slide. Either way, now that I have finished the book, I can say with certainty that I thoroughly enjoyed it, would highly recommend it, and was not disappointed in any way.
I don't give 5 stars to very many titles, usually the flaws need to be reflected in the rating. So how did this flawed, quirky book get a 5 star rating from me? I love sci-fi, particularly hard sci-fi. Time travel usually bores me, because it is so improbable, authors can make up whatever devices they like to substantiate whatever action scenes they want to write.
That originality is not only unusual, but earns a lot of respect from me. So yeah, the downside of the writing: The style shifts from one genre to another a half dozen times, which is a bit jarring.
Read to the end. I thought I would be disappointed. That makes me very happy. Nov 03, Melissa Levine rated it it was amazing Shelves: My husband suggested I listen audiobook to this story, after being suggested to listen to it himself, by some Facebook friends. Urie Bronfenbrenner of Cornell University has done extensive research on the family. He has made the powerful statement that: That country is England. England is also the only country in our sample which showed a level of parental involvement lower than our own, with both parents, especially fathers, showing less affection, offering less companionship and intervening less frequently in the lives of their children.
I would play more with my three boys and cultivate more family sharing experiences. By sharing good times, a family builds cohesiveness and unity. The play of children is something of a rehearsal for life, and parents who share these times of play will have a great opportunity to teach their children how to live. Christ also knew the importance of modeling. He spent a lot of time with them. Quantity time and quality time. For those of us who are parents it is impossible for me to overstate the value of quantity time with our children.
Just how important is it? Your father is an upright citizen in this community. I have personally served on numerous committees with him and know of his commitment to his city.