Time travel stories stress me. I am not kidding. I have a hard time finishing these stories. I’m not sure why they get to me so much. There is something about the uncertainty of them that freaks me out.
I also think that a lot of time travel books fall more in the fantasy realm where the travel is done via magic like in Outlander. But there are a few that I’d recommend that lean more towards the sci-fi realms.
At this point I’ll follow Kelley Armstrong anywhere she wants to take me. Urban fantasy? Ok. Contemporary crime fiction in the Yukon wilderness? Absolutely riveting. (Seriously, read her Rockton series.) So I trusted her with a story about a modern police detective who gets taken back in time into the body of a Scottish maid.
I started this on audio but I had to switch to reading it. It was stressing me out too much to take the time the savor the audio. I did better once she was able to confide in someone. That took the edge off of it for me.
This plays with putting a trained modern detective in the household of a man who is starting to discover the earliest rudiments of forensics. There are going to be more books in this series and I will read more.
The Chronicles of Saint Mary’s series follows a group of time-traveling historians. They go back in time to watch events as they happen. Something always goes wrong.
I read several of the books in this series and then I wandered off and don’t think I ever finished. I enjoyed them though until at one point they were stuck in the prehistoric past with dinosaurs and I lost interest.
I read 1632 a long time ago. In this series a West Virginia town is transported to Germany in 1632. The people of the town have to try to find a way to survive in the political upheaval of the area at that time.
This turns into a sprawling story with so many subplots that it was really hard to keep it all straight. I eventually gave up. A look at Goodreads shows that there are now 74 primary works in the 1632 Universe. They are broken down into different storylines so a new reader can figure out where to start.
You’ve focused on Historical Time Travel as much as I had myself this week — I wasn’t sure if anyone was going to talk about this sub-niche as mostly I’ve seen Science Fiction stories in the past being the main focus whenever Time Travel is discussed during #SciFiMonth. This is most refreshing – I think I might have felt like you did with the St. Mary’s series — this is the first time I’ve heard about that series but from what you shared, I think I would have felt it was time to exit as well.
A Rip Through Time is on my radar — not for this month, but one I would like to explore myself. I might elect to try the audio version if I can find it (or did I find it already?) — just came out of a migraine and I can’t remember if I already searched for this one on audio but that’s easily resolved again! lol I am finding audioreads are a bit easier this year for me even though I move between reading in print and listening to them.
Wow. Just happy someone else loves traversing the historic past through time travel!
The St. Mary’s series is fun for a while but then it just got to be too much of a good thing I think.