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Forge, Jan 2003, 24.95, 304 pp.
ISBN 0765305798

Euclid Heights, Illinois is a very special place because at certain moments when conditions are right, people can go back or forward in time. Josh Winkler is the first to discover this when he goes back fifteen minutes in time. He tells his wife Flo and his daughter Penny but they think he is either or not in his right mind. His wife, a pediatrician, insists he obtain an MRI to see if he has a brain tumor but it comes back negative so they just ignore the whole situation.
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Life gets more complicated when fifteen-year-old Constance Morceau shows up telling Josh she is from 1908. He doesn't believe a word she says and believes the girl is a con artist wanting to rip them off. Josh checks the records and believes Constance. She is accumulating knowledge before she tries to return to her own time. When Constance disappears, Josh thinks the time traveling episode is finished until his own daughter vanishes and he must go back in time to bring her home.

A SHORTCUT IN TIME is a wacky, way out time traveling adventure that would make a great movie (similar to Back to the Future but wackier). Charles Dickinson uses the time travel paradox to show that time is fluid and the future can be changed. The protagonist is an easygoing struggling artist who takes the idea of traveling in time in strides. Yet unbelievable as that sounds, he's a plausible character and readers will hope that he can find a way to go back in time to retrieve his daughter before she dies in the 1918 flu epidemic.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Time Travel:    -   from our past to our present Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Time Travel story?    -   Yes Story largely takes place in    -   1900-1960's

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   40's-50's


Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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