The Time Traveler's Almanac

Ann VanderMeer, Jeff VanderMeer
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The Time Traveler's Almanac


Mammoth collection that took 3 months to finish - roughly a story every couple of days. Newer stories are overrepresented here - no Heinlein, no Poul Anderson, no Jack Finney, though their stories are in other, older Time Travel collections.

The stories were broken into "sections", with a little non-fiction around as well. This breakdown was tenuous at best - or maybe that's the months talking.

My favorites were "Triceratops Summer" by Michael Swanwick (2005), "Noble Mold" by Kage Baker (1999), and the classic "Yesterday was Monday" by Theodore Sturgeon. I didn't enjoy the creepy "Twenty-One, Counting Up" by Harry Turtledove (1999), and was a little irritated that they shoehorned an excerpt from The Time Machine in here.

This anthology and one other have made up half of my electronic reading this year, with this monster consuming more than 21 hours. Of the 12 books I've read this way (so far), this is 3rd from the bottom in words per minute. It wasn't contemplating the stories - there were only a few that really dragged me in, and a majority that did not. So it goes.