Timeline

Eine Reise in die Mitte der Zeit

Paperback, 634 pages

German language

Published Feb. 8, 2002 by Distribooks.

ISBN:
978-3-442-45122-7
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OCLC Number:
858052042
Goodreads:
940355

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4 stars (100 reviews)

An der idyllischen Dordogne in Frankreich liegt das Ausgrabungscamp des amerikanischen Geschichtsprofessors Edward Johnston. Hier bekämpften sich Engländer und Franzosen Mitte des 14. Jahrhunderts während des Hundertjährigen Krieges, und die vier Ruinen – zwei Festungen, eine Mühle und ein Kloster – sind für Johnston und seine Studenten ein ideales Betätigungsfeld. Eines Tages kommt Professor Johnston ein unheimlicher Verdacht: Könnte es sein, dass die amerikanische High-Tech-Firma ITC, die sein Forschungsprojekt seit Jahren großzügig unterstützt, eine Zeitmaschine entwickelt hat und damit bereits in die Vergangenheit gereist ist? Wie sonst ist die Genauigkeit eines Aufrissplans des Klosters zu erklären, der ihm aus Amerika in die Hände gespielt wurde? Wutentbrannt fährt Johnston in die USA. Nur wenige Tage später erreicht ein erregter Anruf das Camp: Der Professor sei ins Mittelalter gereist, und seine Studenten würden dringend gebeten, ihn von dort zurückzuholen. Auf den Wissenschaftshistoriker Chris, die Architektin Katherine und den Alltagshistoriker André wartet die …

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Schmarrn mit männlichen Männern und Quark mit Quanten

2 stars

Hier können Männer noch Männer und Helden sein und sich von Frauen anschmachten lassen. Die Frauen sind zwar auch irgendwie tapfer, aber die Kerle erst! Na gut, das kennt man. Die Geschichte wäre allerdings ein bissken weniger blödsinnig gewesen, wäre der Autor nicht so sehr damit beschäftigt, die angebliche Funktionsweise der Zeitmaschinen zu erklären. Natürlich aufgeblähter Blödsinn mit Quanten und Paralleluniversen, der schlicht zu ausführlich ist und zudem sehr an den Haaren herbeigezogen.

Immerhin, ein wenig unterhaltsam war es trotzdem..

reviewed Timeline by Michael Crichton

Neat medieval thriller, but excesive exposition

2 stars

Once the action starts, the plot is pretty fun. But this is over a third of the way through. Until then is exposition about the physics of the time travel. This was written in the late '90s, when everything mysterious had 'quantum' in the title. Although the physics explained seems correct, it really has no use toward the story. He should've just left it mysterious.

And, with a little bit of clunky prose as well, I can't recommend this book.

Review of 'Timeline: A Novel' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Michael Crichton writes realistic, near-future sci-fi and his books just captivate me. I can’t even really say why. This book is about a team of archaeologists excavating and reconstructing a French village from the 1300s. When they discover multiple anomalies with their site — chief among them being a modern eyeglass lens buried there — they are whisked off to the headquarters of the multinational multibillion-dollar corporation that sponsors their dig. There they learn that the company has the ability to go back in time, and that their help is needed to rescue their dig leader from that past. On their trip back, they learn a lot about the history of their site, and they have some adventures of their own

Review of 'Timeline' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Zu viel öder Männer-Frauen-Quark (Männer müssen reiten und mit dem Schwert umgehen können & die Frau retten, die Frau sagt dann "my hero!" und lässt sich willig schwängern), aber immerhin: Die erste Actionszene auf Basis einer Mehlstaubexplosion, die mir in Buch oder Film begegnet ist.

Review of 'Timeline' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Timeline starts by providing the reader a quick background in quantum physics research, who the priniciple players are, and that four graduate students learn that this new technology is anything but benign. After the setup, events get werid quick: travellers find a man wandering in the Arizona desert speaking incoherently. At the hospital, orderlies notice that his shirt pattern doesn't line up; an MRI technician discovers blood vessels that don't line up in his fingers. A police officer start to investigate the odd death.

In France, archaeologists are confronted by a map with extraordinary detail that is sent to them by the police officer in Arizona. The company, ITC, providing money for their dig, also seems to have more details regarding the site than they have. Details don't add up, and Professor Johnston, head of the excavation, visits ITC headquarters to investigate. Within 24 hours, his students find a note …

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