Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Little Book

I am so over time travel.  After 17 episodes of Season 5 of LOST, Star Trek and this book, that's it.  I'm done with time travel of any sort for months if not years.

This book should have been right up my alley, essentially a historical novel but with an added element of time travel.  But I guess all the debate over whether whatever happened happens versus alternate universes finally fried my brain because I could not get into this novel.  And having forced myself to finish it I can't recommend it.  

It certainly proved the LOST producers point that time travel without characters you care about can be boring.  My biggest problem with The Little Book was that I just didn't care about Wheeler Burden or any of his ancestors.  My second biggest problem with the book is the focus on Freud and psycho-analysis.  Blah, blah, blah, that stuff doesn't interest me in the least and the contrivances with respect to Weezie were gross and unnecessary.  

This novel has been 30 years in the making.  I think that's part of the problem.  It was trying to be too many things at once -- a period piece; sci fi; a character study; a mixture of the real and the fictional.  It did none of them well.

1 comment:

Capcom said...

I saw the trailer for "The Time Traveler's Wife" last night at the movies, and it looks like it might be pretty good.