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The Time Engine

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Wayfarer Inspector Danolarian saw his world's future and did not approve. After that incident, and having once met his future self, the inspector considered himself as knowledgeable as he ever wanted to be on the subject of time travel. What he did not know was that he would be abducted into the future and wind up on the run with a constable who had shape-shifted into a cat. He would also find himself marooned in the ancient past, where he would have to recover his time engine - the device that is his only way to get back home - from five thousand naked, psychopathic horsemen. And when the time engine is finally recovered, a faulty repair plunges him another three million years back in time, to a world of strange, beautiful people living idyllic lives in splendid castles. But things are not always as they seem. After being attacked, he learns from his unlikely rescuer that his travels might not have simply been a series of misadventures through time and space. A furious Danolarian returns to his own time, planning revenge against the time engine's true builders...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 272.15g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • maps
  • 0765330636
  • 9780765330635
  • 1,257,635

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A very enjoyable tale of swords and sorcery, dragons and derring-do, with plenty of unexpected angles. Inspector Danolarian narrates with a combination of gaucherie and self-confidence that the reader, along with nearly every woman he meets, should find endearing." "A very enjoyable tale of swords and sorcery, dragons and derring-do, with plenty of unexpected angles.... Inspector Danolarian narrates with a combination of gaucherie and self-confidence that the reader, along with nearly every woman he meets, should find endearing." --RT Book Reviews on The Time Engine "Engaging...in such a boisterously populous imaginary milieu the narrative possibilities are endless.... Like L. Sprague de Camp in his prime, Sean McMullen is an exotic adventurer of authentic, if wayward, genius." --Locus on The Time Engine A very enjoyable tale of swords and sorcery, dragons and derring-do, with plenty of unexpected angles. Inspector Danolarian narrates with a combination of gaucherie and self-confidence that the reader, along with nearly every woman he meets, should find endearing. RT Book Reviews on The Time Engine Engaging in such a boisterously populous imaginary milieu the narrative possibilities are endless. Like L. Sprague de Camp in his prime, Sean McMullen is an exotic adventurer of authentic, if wayward, genius. Locus on The Time Engine" A very enjoyable tale of swords and sorcery, dragons and derring-do, with plenty of unexpected angles. Inspector Danolarian narrates with a combination of gaucherie and self-confidence that the reader, along with nearly every woman he meets, should find endearing. "RT Book Reviews on The Time Engine " Engaging in such a boisterously populous imaginary milieu the narrative possibilities are endless. Like L. Sprague de Camp in his prime, Sean McMullen is an exotic adventurer of authentic, if wayward, genius. "Locus on The Time Engine"" "A very enjoyable tale of swords and sorcery, dragons and derring-do, with plenty of unexpected angles.... Inspector Danolarian narrates with a combination of gaucherie and self-confidence that the reader, along with nearly every woman he meets, should find endearing." "--RT Book Reviews "on "The Time Engine " "Engaging...in such a boisterously populous imaginary milieu the narrative possibilities are endless.... Like L. Sprague de Camp in his prime, Sean McMullen is an exotic adventurer of authentic, if wayward, genius." "--Locus "on "The Time Engine " Praise for the Moonworlds Saga: "A very enjoyable tale of swords and sorcery, dragons and derring-do, with plenty of unexpected angles.... Inspector Danolarian narrates with a combination of gaucherie and self-confidence that the reader, along with nearly every woman he meets, should find endearing." "--RT Book Reviews "on "The Time Engine " "Engaging...in such a boisterously populous imaginary milieu the narrative possibilities are endless.... Like L. Sprague de Camp in his prime, Sean McMullen is an exotic adventurer of authentic, if wayward, genius." "--Locus "on "The Time Engine " "Imagine Alexandre Dumas's account of H. G. Wells's Martians invading Terry Pratchett's Discworld....A vibrant, thoughtful, spectacular, adventure-drama." "--Kirkus Reviews," starred review on "Voidfarer" Praise for "The Time Engine" "Engaging. . . . In such a boisterously populous imaginary milieu the narrative possibilities are endless. . . . Like L. Sprague de Camp in his prime, Sean McMullen is an exotic adventurer of authentic, if wayward, genius.""--Locus""A very enjoyable tale o f swords and sorcery, dragons and derring-do, with plenty of unexpected angles. . . . Inspector Danolorian narrates with a combination of gaucherie and self-confidence that the reader, along with nearly every woman he meets, should find endearing.""--Romantic Times BOOKreviews "Praise for "Voidfarer" "Imagine Alexandre Dumas's account of H.G. Wells's Martians invading Terry Pratchett's Discworld . . . . A vibrant, thoughtful, spectacular, adventure-drama." -"Kirkus Reviews," starred review "Zany. . . . Fans of Wells's masterpiece will revel in this fantasy." -"Publishers Weekly"" ""Sean McMullen's back in his funny, rowdy, bawdy moonworld Verral. . . .Third in thi Praise for "The Time Engine": "Engaging. . . . In such a boisterously populous imaginary milieu the narrative possibilities are endless. . . . Like L. Sprague de Camp in his prime, Sean McMullen is an exotic adventurer of authentic, if wayward, genius.""--Locus""A very enjoyable tale o f swords and sorcery, dragons and derring-do, with plenty of unexpected angles. . . . Inspector Danolorian narrates with a combination of gaucherie and self-confidence that the reader, along with nearly every woman he meets, should find endearing.""--Romantic Times BOOKreviews "Praise for "Voidfarer": "Imagine Alexandre Dumas's account of H.G. Wells's Martians invading Terry Pratchett's Discworld . . . . A vibrant, thoughtful, spectacular, adventure-drama." -"Kirkus Reviews", starred review "Zany. . . . Fans of Wells's masterpiece will revel in this fantasy." -"Publishers Praise for "The Time Engine": "Engaging. . . . In such a boisterously populous imaginary milieu the narrative possibilities are endless. . . . Like L. Sprague de Camp in his prime, Sean McMullen is an exotic adventurer of authentic, if wayward, genius.""--Locus""A very enjoyable tale o f swords and sorcery, dragons and derring-do, with plenty of unexpected angles. . . . Inspector Danolorian narrates with a combination of gaucherie and self-confidence that the reader, along with nearly every woman he meets, should find endearing.""--Romantic Times BOOKreviews "Praise for "Voidfarer": "Imagine Alexandre Dumas's account of H.G. Wells's Martians invading Terry Pratchett's Discworld . . . . A vibrant, thoughtful, spectacular, adventure-drama." -"Kirkus Reviews," starred review "Zany. . . . Fans of Wells's masterpiece will revel in this fantasy." -"Publishers Weekly"" ""Sean McMullen's back in his funny, rowdy, bawdy moonworld Verral. . . .Third in this series, after the lovely "Voyage of the Shadowmoon" and "Glass Dragons," this volume has McMullen's characters reprising H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds" and a series of love-and-sex mistakes that could've been lifted from Shakespeare . . . . One very fun novel." -"The San Diego Union-Tribune"" ""Vastly entertaining, McMullen's book turns all sorts of fantasy tropes upside down in a fast-paced and humorous way. Fans of Terry Pratchett will likely get a kick out of this book, as will readers who are tired of seeing the same things over and over again in fantasy novels." -"Romantic Times BOOKreviews" Praise for "Voidfarer": "Imagine Alexandre Dumas's account of H.G. Wells's Martians invading Terry Pratchett's Discworld . . . . A vibrant, thoughtful, spectacular, adventure-drama." -"Kirkus Reviews," starred review "Zany. . . . Fans of Wells's masterpiece will revel in this fantasy." -"Publishers Weekly"" ""Sean McMullen's back in his funny, rowdy, bawdy moonworld Verral. . . .Third in this series, after the lovely "Voyage of the Shadowmoon" and "Glass Dragons," this volume has McMullen's characters reprising H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds" and a series of love-and-sex mistakes that could've been lifted from Shakespeare . . . . One very fun novel." -"The San Diego Union-Tribune"" ""Vastly entertaining, McMullen's book turns all sorts of fantasy tropes upside down in a fast-paced and humorous way. Fans of Terry Pratchett will likely get a kick out of this book, as will readers who are tired of seeing the same things over and over again in fantasy novels." -"Romantic Times BOOKreviews"show more

About Sean McMullen

SEAN MCMULLEN is one Australia's leading SF and fantasy authors, and lives in Melbourne. He has had a dozen books published, and is the winner of thirteen awards for SF and fantasy.show more

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