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Book Review: The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
I picked this up a few months back in the Mortimer station book-swap library. There's a danger with well-known titles that they come with expectations, so I tried to approach this with an open mind. In particular I feared it might be rather disjointed - and of course, to some extent it is, intrinsically - but not at the expense of "making sense". It's no surprise that the book is referenced with regard to the Doctor Who character River Song, as it does describe the relationship between Clare and Henry in (more or less) the time stream of Clare, into which a more-or-less reversed time stream of Henry is frequently intertwined (although there are also significant times when the two run in sequence together). The "science" aspect - Henry's genetic disorder that shifts him uncontrollably between one time and another - is flimsy but sufficient. In the latter third or so of the book, a sense of foreboding looms larger, as Henry discovers his own fate ahead of time. But throughout, there are no time paradoxes; everything that happens in the past is unaltered by Henry's travels, or caused by them in a self-consistent manner. Highly recommended.
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