Ahoy there me mateys! I wish I could remember which crew member recommended this sci-fi to me. I kept being told that this be a time travel novel. That be incorrect. This be a novel wherein the main character was born in 1581 but does not go back in time. Instead he ages only one year for every 15 years that passes. So when ye meet him in the novel he already be centuries old but only looks 41.
Long life seemingly should be a gift. However for Tom, he is weary and tired of hiding his existence from the world. He is heartsick for his love lost of centuries ago and cannot find his missing daughter who shares his condition. So he decides to go back to London where he first fell in love after having avoided it all this time. However being in London means confronting his past and trying to decide what his future might be hold.
I listened to this one on audiobook and thought it was a fun and quick read. The story does go back and forth between Tom’s past and present so maybe that is where people get the idea of the time travel from. I rather enjoyed how Tom has survived through the years. Of course he has had run-ins with famous people like Shakespeare, Captain Cook, and the Fitzgeralds. Normally that would annoy me but it was silly and kinda lighthearted so it didn’t bother me too much. I enjoyed watching Tom’s life unfold in both past and present and wasn’t confused by the switches back and forth.
The main problem with this book was the subplot about the secret Albatross Society that controls Tom’s life. Once the storylines of Society, daughter, and Tom actually converge the plot become kinda ludicrous and even more unbelievable. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending and the love conquers all mentality. But I did very much enjoy the book in general and liked many of the ideas that were presented. A fun and lighthearted read that I do recommend. I would read more of this author’s work. Arrr!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
“The first rule is that you don’t fall in love, ‘ he said… ‘There are other rules too, but that is the main one. No falling in love. No staying in love. No daydreaming of love. If you stick to this you will just about be okay.'”
A love story across the ages – and for the ages – about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live
Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history–performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life.
So Tom moves back to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher–the perfect job for someone who has witnessed the city’s history first hand. Better yet, a captivating French teacher at his school seems fascinated by him. But the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society’s watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can’t have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present.
How to Stop Time is a bighearted, wildly original novel about losing and finding yourself, the inevitability of change, and how with enough time to learn, we just might find happiness.
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