perfect This was a lot of fun Written by the paranoid ministers of a dubious time travellers organisation called QUAN UM that s located somewhere in the future, this satirical guide gives the would be time traveller help and advice for what they re going to encounter Which sums up as Don t do it All known methods of time travel will probably kill you Everything in history, from dinosaurs to warlords to ninjas to black lung to Nazis to killer robots to invading aliens will probably kill you Your time machine will probably break down and leave you stranded in a time period that will kill you Your alternate self from another time line will probably kill you Don t have sex with Neanderthals or aliens, it will probably injure you And don t become an intern for QUAN UM, as you will not survive.
There are many sarcastic footnotes, and lots of references to plausible science and history, as well as lots of pop culture references So Albert Einstein gets paired with Hot Tub Time Machine There are illustrations throughout, such as a lovingly detailed diagram on how to use a dinosaur and a team of captured Neanderthals to kick start a time machine battery I really liked the descriptions of the next couple of centuries where first robots and then aliens take over it almost sounded factual.
It is occasionally mentioned that time travellers can be male or female, but an early footnote expresses great surprise that there would be than one female reader of the manual, on account of its perceived geekiness Well, this female reader loved it But is not applying for the advertised QUAN UM internship.
I m a big fan of time travel in fiction be it literature, comic books, games or movies I really enjoyed this book It s very funny, and the subject matter is addressed with affection and knowledge of the genre I can t help thinking though, that if the tone had been slightly less nudge, nudge, wink, wink and deadpan as in Max Brooks excellent Zombie Survival Guide it would have been even funnier Still, it s highly amusing and a book I keep coming back to, and I look forward to seeing what the authors come up with next.
This is a humor book who treats movies as history of time travel and is brought laughter many times I think a solid understanding of pop culture made the humor relevant to myself I am in my mid 30 s and most of it was right up my alley with 80 s and 90 s movie references throughout I also enjoyed the tongue in cheek footnotes that build on each other I found myself chuckling and then reading it out loud to anyone who happened to be in earshot I have never really read a book of this nature, a book that exists to simply be humorous, it was fun.
Loved it just what I was looking for thank you This is told as a humorous guide to time travel There is some comedic tales of violence as in being eaten by dinosaurs if you travel back to prehistoric times There is some potty humor for example, having to make a battery from giant piles of dinosaur dung , but it is all told with great humor We enjoyed the premise of this being an actual guide to how to choose your time machine, find the best places to time travel to, and then how to escape any disasters you find yourself in.