Tag: time travel

Playing Beatie Bow

Playing Beatie Bow

by Ruth Park (Thomas Nelson, 1980); audiobook read by Kate Hood (Bolinda, 2012)

Park_Playing Beatie Bow

Ruth Park mixes time displacement with coming-of-age in a classic of Australian literature. 14-year-old Abigail Kirk, having fought with her mother, finds herself transported back to Sydney of 1873. Amidst the historical realism unfolds a beautifully told tale of hardship and self-discovery.



Night Watch

Night Watch

by Terry Pratchett (Doubleday, 2002); audiobook read by Stephen Briggs (Isis, 2002)

Pratchett_Night Watch

Night Watch is one of Pratchett’s least funny Discworld novels, in the best possible way. The gallows humour remains but the story — a poignant time travel paradox that sees Sam Vimes mentor his younger self through a bloody revolution — is more focussed.



Alcatraz, Season 1

Alcatraz, Season 1

(Fox, 2012)

Alcatraz Series 1

Somewhat predictable (with stock characters; even the mysterious reveals were formulaic) but it would have been interesting to see if Alcatraz had a destination in mind for its well-acted then-and-now procession of fugitive, time-displaced inmates. Another cancelled programme carrying echoes of Brimstone.


42 Word Review: Red Dwarf X

Red Dwarf X

by Doug Naylor (Dave, 2012)

Naylor_Red Dwarf X

Although still somewhat an aging caricature of its earlier series, Red Dwarf X brings back the laughs through six cleverly constructed (if frivolous) episodes. ‘Lemons’, in which the Dwarfers misassemble a flat-pack anti-aging machine, consequently time-travelling and meeting Jesus, is a highlight.