Time travel stories
I have been a fan of time-travel stories since I was a child. In the spirit of Diana Gabaldon's "Methadone List", to help pass the time while we wait for AN ECHO IN THE BONE, here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order:
1) REPLAY, by Ken Grimwood
This is the story of a man who wakes up one morning to find himself 25 years in the past, living in the body of his 18-year-old self, with full knowledge of the future. Like the movie "Groundhog Day", the cycle repeats over and over again, but each time with a slightly different twist. Highly entertaining!
2) THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE, by Audrey Niffenegger
I read this book, and loved it, several years before I'd ever heard of Diana Gabaldon's books. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, this is the story of the relationship between Henry, a time-traveler, and Clare, a young girl who will eventually become his wife. Henry's time-traveling abilities are totally out of his control; he "travels" without warning, never knowing where or when he will end up. The time-travel angle in this book is well-thought-out and plausible, and I loved the relationship between Henry and Clare. (Warning: the ending will break your heart.)
3) IF I NEVER GET BACK, by Darryl Brock
Baseball fans will appreciate this one. It's the story of 20th-century journalist Sam Fowler, who finds himself transported back to the year 1869, where he encounters the Cincinnati Red Stockings, America's first professional baseball team. The historical details in this book are fascinating, and the book itself is well-written, with lots of wry observations about the time period.
4) CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES, by Penelope Farmer
This one is on my list for sentimental reasons. It's the very first time-travel story I ever read, one of my favorites as a child. CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES is the story of an 11-year-old girl who travels back in time to World War I-era England. If you know a child in this age group who enjoys reading about what it's like to live in another time, I would certainly recommend this book.
What about the rest of you? Do you have a favorite book or movie with a time-travel theme? If so, I'd love to hear about it.