“You can’t build a car that violates the laws of physics. Same goes for a time machine. You can’t go just anywhere, only to places it will let you go. You can only go to places that you will let yourself go.”
“But the reason I have job security is that people have no idea how to make themselves happy. Even with a time machine. I have job security because what the customer wants, when you get right down to it, is to relive his very worst moment, over and over and over again.”
I want to read more books like this one — philosophical, humorous, a little ‘techy,’ and demonstrating a great use of the English language. I really loved it. It reminded me a lot of how much I loved Rivka Galchen’s Atmospheric Disturbances, also a NYT Notable book. But, just as with Galchen’s novel, this one won’t appeal to everyone.
It’s really so difficult to even describe what’s going on in this story. Guy works at a job fixing time machines. Not only does he fix time machines, but while he does it, he’s in a time machine so he can travel to wherever the problem is. His operating system, TAMMY, and his not-really-alive dog, Ed, are the only ones to keep him company. He’s been living in the time machine for a long time. Some incidents happen (don’t want to spoil it), and he gets caught in a time loop. While in the time loop, he waxes philosophical about his parents, in particular his father, and just life in general. The book has all kinds of crazy diagrams and intended blank spaces to illustrate his points. (See pics below)
I really, really loved this book. I borrowed this from the library, so I plan on buying it when it comes out in paperback just so I can mark it up like crazy. Highly recommended for fans of offbeat, philosphical fiction.
(2010, 231 pp.)