Library Book Review – Someone in Time by Jonathan Strahan

Library Book

Genre: Sci Fi/Romance

Number of Pages: 410


Even time travel can’t unravel love

Time-travel is a way for writers to play with history and imagine different futures – for better, or worse.

When romance is thrown into the mix, time-travel becomes a passionate tool, or heart-breaking weapon. A time agent in the 22nd century puts their whole mission at risk when they fall in love with the wrong person. No matter which part of history a man visits, he cannot not escape his ex. A woman is desperately in love with the time-space continuum, but it doesn’t love her back. As time passes and falls apart, a time-traveller must say goodbye to their soulmate.

With stories from best-selling and award-winning authors such as Seanan McGuire, Alix E. Harrow and Nina Allan, this anthology gives a taste for the rich treasure trove of stories we can imagine with love, loss and reunion across time and space.

Including stories by: Alix E. Harrow, Zen Cho, Seanan McGuire, Sarah Gailey, Jeffrey Ford, Nina Allan, Elizabeth Hand, Lavanya Lakshminarayan, Catherynne M. Valente, Sam J. Miller, Rowan Coleman, Margo Lanagan, Sameem Siddiqui, Theodora Goss, Carrie Vaughn, Ellen Klages


I chose this library book purely because it ticked off my sci fi genre goal. I had high hopes for it as it also included romance. Overall I was left feeling underwhelmed.

A couple of the stories were good, but the majority of them were very confusing and I had no idea what I was reading about. It got to the point where I was reading the individual words and not having a clue as to how they all fit together. It was a shame that the few good stories weren’t a bit longer and made up the whole book. At one point I was thinking about giving up on the whole book as story after story wasn’t going well for me. I am glad that I did finish it though as the last couple, especially the last one, were good. 

As there were 16 short stories there were rather a lot of characters so it was best to have a break in between each story, especially as there were quite a number of confusing things going on. I think that a large number of the stories needed to be longer so that they could explain what was going on properly. I feel that I missed out on potentially good storylines because I wasn’t quite sure what was going on. 

There weren’t really chapters in this book, just individual short stories. One was split into a diary type style and others had bigger gaps and some were just one block. 

The settings were all over the place which was interesting. I did enjoy travelling through time. It wasn’t always backwards – I don’t think. I can’t be sure as a couple of the stories I got a bit lost in. 

Overall I enjoyed a few of the stories in this book. It has been an experience. 

⭐Rated 2/5⭐

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