Abandoned Ship! – the psychology of time travel (Kate Mascarenhas) – a 19 in 2019 book!

Ahoy there me mateys!  This be the eighteenth book in me Ports for Plunder – 19 Books in 2019 list.  When I went to read this book, I realized that there was a problem.  I didn’t actually own it like I thought I did!  I currently have a self-imposed rule that I can only buy books that I know I will reread and they have to be in ebook form (library book sales being the exception).  Also I be in the midst of a hold tally of all the books I own in both ebook and physical forms and don’t want to buy another book until it be complete.  So I decided to download an Amazon sample to see if it be good enough to spend me loot.  Usually Amazon samples be dangerous because I read, fall in love, and immediately buy the book.  Sadly the answer was no to this book.  It has promise but not enough for the expensive ebook price.  The crew reviews seem to be all 3 stars and up but none of the local libraries have a copy.  As I only read the sample, I am not even including this book in the tally of reads for the year.  The only reason this post is being written is because of it was on the 19 in 2019 list.  What I read didn’t excite me so I am going to abandon this one for now.  And maybe for always.  Arrrr!

Side note: Only one more to go!!

Goodreads had this to say about the novel:

In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project—and future of time travel—in jeopardy. To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team—erasing her contributions from history.

Fifty years later, time travel is a big business. Twenty-something Ruby Rebello knows her beloved grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. But when Bee receives a mysterious newspaper clipping from the future reporting the murder of an unidentified woman, Ruby becomes obsessed: could it be Bee? Who would want her dead? And most importantly of all: can her murder be stopped?

Traversing the decades and told from alternating perspectives, The Psychology of Time Travel introduces a fabulous new voice in fiction and a new must-read for fans of speculative fiction and women’s fiction alike.

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Previous Reviews for Me 19 in 2019 Books

the lie tree – Frances Hardinge (Captain’s Log – Fantasy)

children of blood and bone – Tomi Adeyemi (Walk the Plank – YA Fantasy)

summerland – Hannu Rajaniemi (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)

the ship – Antonia Honeywell (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi Dystopia)

rosewater – Tade Thompson (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)

wild beauty – Anna-Marie McLemore (Captain’s Log – Fantasy)

eleanor oliphant is completely fine – Gail Honeyman (Off the Charts – Contemporary)

the rift – Nina Allen (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)

the paladin of souls – Lois McMaster Bujold (Captain’s Log – Fantasy)

the night circus – Erin Morganstern (Captain’s Log – Fantasy)

to say nothing of the dog – Connie Willis (Captain’s Log – Fantasy)

the falcons of fire and ice – Karen Maitland (Captain’s Log – Fantasy)

hot head – Simon Ings (Abandon Ship – Fantasy)

the bees – Laline Paull (Captain’s Log – Fantasy)

the wolf road – Beth Lewis (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi) 

the sparrow – Mary Doria Russell (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)

circe – Madeline Miller (Captain’s Log – Fantasy)

21 thoughts on “Abandoned Ship! – the psychology of time travel (Kate Mascarenhas) – a 19 in 2019 book!

  1. Hm. This one is an interesting read. I very much enjoyed the premise, but found it more of a trudge than I’d have liked because most of the characters were really unpleasant. But this is a book I’ve found myself thinking about quite a lot since – the concept that those who hop through time start to regard those who don’t as lesser beings is one I find intriguing. That said, I completely understand why you weren’t swept away by this one, Cap.

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    1. The concepts did sound interesting in the spoilers that I read but it also sounded like not all of it made sense. And the characters already had annoyed me. Though I do like when reads make me continue to ponder the consequences of things. Happy new year!
      x The Captain

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      1. I never did try Marmite. It creeped me out a bit. Though I be adventurous in some ways, I wasn’t always with food. Of course food allergies have now changed all that so maybe I should have taken a chance when I could. Or maybe not . . .
        x The Captain

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  2. I didn’t love this one, altho the rest of my Subjective Chaos did (very much; it won its category). Its definitely mostly interested in its psychology – but while I liked how it examined the unintended impacts of time travel on time travellers and their loved ones, I didn’t buy into its world building at all.

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  3. Look at you go! Only one more and plenty of time to read it in. Sorry this one didn’t work out better for you. Time travel is very hit or miss for me so I likely won’t be adding this one either.

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    1. One of the best time travel books is the anubis gates by tim powers. That is the gold standard. This one didn’t come close. Though I will admit that good time travel is hard to find. I don’t think yer missing much if ye don’t read this one. It seems that this one is more for people who don’t read much sci-fi. They seem to like it.
      x The Captain

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