Book Look: Will mend­ing the past leave his fu­ture in ru­ins?

Serve Daily - - MERIT ACADEMY - By Deb­bie Bal­zotti

Iread a lot. I read every book my Spring Oaks Book Club picks. I read every book some­one gives me for Christ­mas. even joined the Green-Jell-O Book Club on Goodreads be­cause I’m al­ways search­ing for a new book – and I liked the name of the group.

I am an om­niv­o­rous reader – I read non-fic­tion, his­tor­i­cal fic­tion, crime fic­tion, the classics, but very rarely fan­tasy. It might be an age thing. I’m not ex­actly a fan­tasy-loving young adult, so writ­ers who tar­get this group some­times miss me by a mile un­less it’s a topic I’m in­ter­ested in and I like the cover.

“The Time Key” by Me­lanie Bate­man is about time travel and the cover il­lus­tra­tion by the au­thor is per­fect. Those are the two rea­sons I chose to read this de­but novel de­clared a “clean fan­tasy” book. I liked “Ranger’s Ap­pren­tice” and “Fable­haven” with the same “clean fan­tasy” tag, so I thought it was time to try another one a time ma­chine; he has some­thing much from the list. bet­ter. The set­ting, in old and then newer

The first chap­ter is fan­tas­tic! Part One Lon­don, is a great choice. There is a large (and every part) has a beau­ti­ful il­lus­tra­tion cast of char­ac­ters both hu­man and mys­ti­cal by the au­thor, who is also a tal­ented artist. with tiny vaelie Lena be­ing one of the It be­gins: “There couldn’t be a bet­ter time most en­chant­ing. There are also plenty of to be­gin Stan­ley Becker’s story than at the shad­owy vil­lains to keep the plot in­ter­est­ing. mo­ment he stood on the frozen stone wall of Kingston Bridge over­look­ing the river Stan­ley trav­els back and forth in his Thames, breath­ing in the win­ter night and own story seek­ing an­swers from his past press­ing the icy metal bar­rel of a pis­tol to and hop­ing to change an in­evitable fu­ture his jaw.” Wow. I wish I’d writ­ten a long of sor­row and de­spair. In his trips to sen­tence that good. Writ­ing for news­pa­pers the fu­ture, he also hopes to find an­swers has made it im­pos­si­ble to res­ur­rect and help. If you know the fu­ture, can you that skill. change your past? Stan­ley ac­quired a time

At one point in the book, Stan­ley trav­els key which al­lowed him to travel through back to the sum­mer of 1868 and has time. This is the gift we all wish we had a con­ver­sa­tion with his 7-year-old self got­ten for Christ­mas this year. Since we af­ter re­veal­ing he has come from the fu­ture. didn’t, we can ex­pe­ri­ence time travel by Don’t we all wish we could give our read­ing “The Time Key” with­out even younger selves some ad­vice and guid­ance? leav­ing our chair by the fire, which is a His younger self be­lieves his claim much less scary way to travel. is im­pos­si­ble and causes the adult Stan­ley “The Time Key” is avail­able from to chuckle when the boy says, “If you books & things (pub­lisher Sweet­wa­ter came from the fu­ture wouldn’t you need Books), Barnes & Noble, Ama­zon and at a time ma­chine?” Stan­ley doesn’t need Me­laniebate­men.com.

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