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Trailer ñ Timeline PDF by µ Michael Crichton This was a good one When you step into a time machine, fax yourself through a quantum foam wormhole, and step out in feudal France circa 1357, be very, very afraid If you aren t strapped back in precisely 37 hours after your visit begins, you ll miss the quantum bus back to 1999 and be stranded in a civil war, caught between crafty abbots, mad lords, and peasant bandits all eager to cut your throat You ll also have to dodge catapults that hurl sizzling pitch over castle battlements On the social front, you should avoid provoking the butcher of Crecy or Sir Oliver may lop your head off with a swoosh of his broadsword or cage and immerse you in Milady s Bath, a brackish dungeon pit into which live rats are tossed now and then for prisoners to eat. This is the plight of the heroes of Timeline, Michael Crichton s thriller They re historians in 1999 employed by a tech billionaire genius with than a few of Bill Gates s most unlovable quirks Like the entrepreneur in Crichton s Jurassic Park, Doniger plans a theme park featuring artifacts from a lost world revived via cutting edge science When the project s chief historian sends a distress call to 1999 from 1357, the boss man doesn t tell the younger historians the risks they ll face trying to save him At first, the interplay between eras is clever, but Timeline swiftly becomes a swashbuckling old fashioned adventure, with just a dash of science and time paradox in the mix Most of the cool facts are about the Middle Ages, and Crichton marvelously brings the past to life without ever letting the pulse pounding action slow down At one point, a time tripper tries to enter the Chapel of Green Death Unfortunately, its custodian, a crazed giant with terrible teeth and a bad case of lice, soon has her head on a block She saw a shadow move across the grass as he raised his ax into the air I dare you not to turn the page Through the narrative can be glimpsed the glowing bones of the movie that may be made from Timeline and the cutting edge computer game that should hit the market in 2000 Expect many clashing swords and chase scenes through secret castle passages But the book stands alone, tall and scary as a knight in armor shining with blood Tim Appelo Crichton 14 600 200 , Crichton , 234. 3,5 5 In An Arizona Desert, A Man Wanders In A Daze, Speaking Words That Make No Sense Within Twenty Four Hours He Is Dead, His Body Swiftly Cremated By His Only Known Associates Halfway Around The World, Archaeologists Make A Shocking Discovery At A Medieval Site Suddenly They Are Swept Off To The Headquarters Of A Secretive Multinational Corporation That Has Developed An Astounding Technology Now This Group Is About To Get A Chance Not To Study The Past But To Enter It And With History Opened Up To The Present, The Dead Awakened To The Living, These Men And Women Will Soon Find Themselves Fighting For Their Very Survival Six Hundred Years Ago This was the first Crichton novel I read, which is probably to his advantage I knew it was fiction, so I was able to pick it up and cruise right through it Had I started on The Andromeda Strain, or Airframe, I might have thought he was a non fiction writer and not given him a proper chance As it turns out, I was instantly hooked, and began to furiously and ferociously collect everything I could get my hands on by Michael Crichton Now I ve read most of his novels, and have met him in person see photos Big fan, doodz. Anyway, this is a time travel story, which automatically bumps it up a point in the storyline rating for me But it s not your average time travel tale It s very detail oriented, and you learn quickly that some of the characters have an agenda deeper than just wanting to go back and visit the medieval times The characters are rock solid and believable, and the story is a great rendition of a many times told favorite Who doesn t want to go back in time to the 1500s and check out some castles Some knights doing battle I know I do. I know this was made into a movie a couple of years ago, but I haven t seen it I ve heard it didn t do anywhere close to as well as the book did, and did it no justice either I ll probably rent it someday just because I m sentimental and I like seeing my favorite characters come to life I d recommend this for all you time travel junkies out there It has some elements that are surprisingly powerful for being so overtly subtle It s a very attractive read, and well worth your time. Having enjoyed Jurassic Park, I wanted to read Crichton Timeline now being the second novel of he s that I ve read. What I found most fascinating were the complete flip between the two stories, as in Jurassic Park its about being the past being brought to the present Whereas Timeline is very much a journey back in time and a perceived perceptions of that era being completely changed. As a group of history students are transported back to 14th century France to rescue their professor. We ve all got an idea of what the medieval times must have been like, but it s not the same as experiencing it. The same parallels can be drawn with the sound of a dinosaur. I really like Crichton s style of writing and found the characters to be much interesting in this book. It s a great engaging time travel story, that has plenty of twists. I loved this book and then some arse made a really crap film and the book lost some of its shine I couldn t rid my mind of the film set and actors. I still quite like the book. The next stop in my time travel marathon November being Science Fiction Month was Timeline, Michael Crichton s 1999 thriller Crichton was not what I think of as a prolific writer he published sixteen novels in his lifetime under this own name, beginning in 1969 with The Andromeda Strain Perhaps the movies produced from most of these titles make it seem like Crichton was everywhere I d like to think that maybe the author devoted the time between novels conducting backbreaking research With Timeline, he certainly lays the groundwork all other time travel tales should build from. The story takes off wondrously in northern Arizona of the present day with a couple roaming the Navajo Indian reservation in their Mercedes The wife is in search of authentic handcrafted rugs and as her husband drives further away from civilization, tension mounts An old man appears on the road out of nowhere and falls to the ground as the Mercedes passes The couple take the incoherent man to a hospital, where he dies of an apparent cardiac arrest A Navajo police officer and a surgeon discover the old man is a missing materials physicist working for ITC Research in Black Rock, NM. The cop and the surgeon note strange things about the dead physicist An MRI exam shows arteries and muscle issue that appear offset, perhaps a glitch in the imaging software He was carrying a diagram for the Monastery of Sainte Mere in France, as well as a plastic marker which ITC claims was an ID tag What was he doing wandering in the desert These questions concern the 38 year old founder of International Technology Research, billionaire physicist Robert Doniger, who dispatches the company s legal counsel to southwestern France, where an ITC archeological dig is taking place on the Dordogne River. Doniger is anxious for the Dordogne group led by Yale history professor Edward Johnston to initiate reconstruction of the site, which in addition to the monastery, includes the fortresses of Castlegard and La Roque, burned to the ground after Sir Oliver de Vannes lost them to French forces in 1357, some say, when a traitor opened a secret passage While Johnston, assistant history professor Andre Marek, physicist David Stern and grad students Chris Hughes and Kate Erickson have taken their time reassembling the ruins, they re puzzled by the precise nature of the architectural data coming from ITC. While Johnston returns to Black Rock to find out what s going on, his team make an alarming discovery an eyeglass lens that s been in the dirt for over 600 years and a message in parchment that appears to be in the professor s handwriting It reads HELP ME, 4 7 1357 Marek, Stern, Hughes and Erickson are whisked to Black Rock, where Doniger s second in command explains that while time travel is not possible, ITC has utilized quantum physics to pioneer a type of space travel, sending observers through a wormhole to another part of the multiverse, where 1357 France is happening right now. Doniger explains that while ITC has been sending ex soldiers into the multiverse and retrieving them for two years, rules prohibit them from stepping into the world of the past Professor Johnston apparently broke this rule and has disappeared Marek, a physically fit specimen with training in Occitan language as well as swordplay, agrees to join the rescue, as do Erickson and reluctantly, Hughes Stern has reservations about the safety of the quantum technology, as well Doniger s promise that with two trained soldiers for protection, the group should be able to locate the professor and return within two hours Stern remains behind to observe. When the author of Westworld and Jurassic Park tells you that an exciting new technology that will change mankind is perfectly safe Doniger envisions global historical sites that can send observers into the past, and of course, engineers have worked out all the kinks you not only walk away, you run Timeline did remind me of a certain dinosaur run amok thriller, to its credit, as well as its detriment Timeline is impeccably researched I know next door to nothing about quantum physics, but Crichton has such immense game that from beginning to end, I was convinced that he knew what the hell he was talking about Crichton devotes awesome attention to just how a tech company might send a human being across time and retrieve them The team he assembles for this mission is expertly considered as well historians, physicists and soldiers for hire, whose combat training turns out to be antithetical to exploring history. The sequence which leads to the rescue party being stranded in 1357 occurs at roughly the same moment the T Rex attack occurs in Jurassic Park and is almost as memorable, with existential crisis, sudden violence and unbelievable shock I also liked the way Crichton utilized history, with the Hundred Years War, England and France s bloody rivalry and even women s rights playing important functions in the story The author examines how each character is unprepared for some aspect of the 14th century, whether the speed of swordplay or the pleasing aromas of the castles From an anthropological standpoint what would a team of historians experience if they traveled to 1357 France Timeline has no equal Technically, the novel is flawless Dramatically, the development of characters leaves a lot to be desired Marek, Hughes and Erickson are given only the barest traits The Hot Dog, The Chicken, The Athlete The Professor is, well, The Professor Doniger is The Evil Billionaire While I could accept traveling through the multiverse, one thing I found difficult to buy were the number of times the protagonists escape certain death It seemed like Hughes was nearly killed every five pages Erickson runs for her life every ten pages The 14th century is an age that Crichton illustrates as being overrun by death, and yet, these two rejects from a Gap commercial somehow keep surviving There is no logical reason for it Hughes and Erickson leap from one pitfall to the next because the plot dictates it. The novel wraps up in a predictable and rather glib fashion that I didn t care much for Then again, each of these criticisms could be leveled against Jurassic Park, with characters who force little outcome in the story and survive much longer than they had any reason to Crichton is not breaking new ground here If you re looking for strong characters and dialogue to match the technological coolness, you ll probably hate this If you loved his past work, you ll probably love this I m giving it three and a half stars, rounded up to four stars Timeline surpassed expectations in part due to how poorly received the 2003 film adaptation was Gerard Butler, Frances O Connor and Paul Walker starred as Marek, Erickson and Hughes and may have dialed in performances due to how gorgeous but wooden their characters were supposed to be The pleasures of the novel are in the anthropological discoveries happening in the minds of the characters, none of which translate to film very well The physical action sieges, swordfighting, foot chases was filmed with much imagination in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The very concept of time travel makes no sense, since time doesn t flow The fact that we think time passes is just an accident of our nervous systems of the way things look to us In reality, time doesn t pass we pass Time itself is invariant It just is Therefore, past and future aren t separate locations, the way New York and Paris are separate locations There is a reason why Crichton was a blockbusting bestselling author, he had a knack for explaining things that do not make sense in such a way that they seem to make sense I like his take on the mechanics of time traveling in this book, it is logical and believable than most stories in this popular subgenre This mechanics involves quantum science and the multiverse, traveling to parallel worlds set in earlier time periods than ours, through wormhole connections in quantum foam I have never heard of quantum foam either, but Crichton anticipated that, and a pretty clear explanation is fused into the narrative Yes, Crichton kinda rocks or rocked, as in R. I. P Timeline is about three historians traveling to the year 1357 to rescue a professor who is stranded there on a previous trip The mission, of course, turns out to be vastly complicated than the quick in and out trip they anticipated Jousting, sword fights, conflagration, and uses of guillotine ensue, not to mention the wearing of tights, baggy hoses, and doublets. While Timeline is jam packed with incidents and adventures the plotline is fairly straightforward Crichton wrote short chapters, often with a little surprising turn of event or cliffhangers at the end of a chapter I imagine this is a little like writing a catchy hook in a pop song, in any case, the commercial appeal of such a technique is obvious Stylistically it is not very literary or elegant but it does have mass appeal He also wrote ridiculously fun action scenes and hair raising escapades he even made jousting interesting and exciting Besides the very interesting quantum science expositions early on in the book, once the main characters are in the medieval era there are not many scenes of people standing around talking Crichton probably deliberately wrote the book to be visual and filmable, and it was, of course, adapted into the 2003 movie, which may have been his intent all along I have not seen it though The only snag for me is the limited emphasis on time traveling I normally prefer time traveling stories to cover multiple eras going backward and forward to and from the past, the present and future, with mind bending paradoxes galore something like The Man Who Folded Himself, the most fun time traveling book ever I doubt this is what Crichton set out to do, he seems interested in writing about the rollicking adventure modern characters in medieval time This book is akin to Mark Twain s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court than H. G Wells The Time Machine Characterization is rather perfunctory, none of the characters seem particularly fleshed out or nuanced Having said that I don t fault Crichton for this, he chose to focus on the plot instead of the drivers of the plot, Clarke and Asimov did much the same thing and their work do not really suffer from it They wisely played to their own strengths. I believe Crichton did respect his readers intelligence hence all the quantum science expositions However, Timeline was written to appeal to the masses, but not necessarily the unwashed masses , just about anyone can enjoy this sort of thing regardless of their bathing frequency QuotesQuantum technology flatly contradicts our common sense ideas of how the world works It posits a world where computers operate without being turned on and objects are found without looking for them An unimaginably powerful computer can be built from a single molecule Information moves instantly between two points, without wires or networks Distant objects are examined without any contact Computers do their calculations in other universes And teleportation Beam me up, Scotty is ordinary and used in many different ways In the ordinary world, we have beliefs about cause and effect Causes occur first, effects second But that order of events does not always occur in the quantum world Effects can be simultaneous with causes, and effects can precede causes At very small, subatomic dimensions, the structure of space time is irregular It s not smooth, it s sort of bubbly and foamy And because it s way down at the quantum level, it s called quantum foam Today, everybody expects to be entertained, and they expect to be entertained all the time Business meetings must be snappy, with bullet lists and animated graphics, so executives aren t bored Malls and stores must be engaging, so they amuse as well as sell us Politicians must have pleasing video personalities and tell us only what we want to hear Schools must be careful not to bore young minds that expect the speed and complexity of television Students must be amused everyone must be amused, or they will switch switch brands, switch channels, switch parties, switch loyalties This is the intellectual reality of Western society at the end of the century In other centuries, human beings wanted to be saved, or improved, or freed, or educated But in our century, they want to be entertained The great fear is not of disease or death, but of boredom A sense of time on our hands, a sense of nothing to do A sense that we are not amused
Another one star book for the so bad it pissed me off category I so wanted to like this book Up until this book I think I read nearly everything Crichton wrote Timeline, in my opinion, had a great premise Swashbuckler disguised as Sci Fi The problem I had was that Crichton tried too hard to explain his premises, and ended up making a jumble that even he couldn t untangle This book was supposed to have all the good stuff time travel, knights, castles, fighting, suspense But the characters don t ever really make it off the page The bad guys are so one dimensional, they are hard to hate Good book hate requires conflict, and the bad guys are just so unrelentingly bad Same issue with the good guys, the good guys are so boring, they re hard to root for In the end, I didn t really care if they made it back okay Speaking of the ending, it all seemed like it was just tacked on because some editor said Okay, you have to wrap this up in the next 40 pages, or it won t make a good movie script They re all in this inextricable mess, but suddenly the tide turns completely in their favor for the good guys who repair the device at the last second, make it running, send the bad guys back to die horribly, and the two sympathetic couples live happily ever after with babies Ha which is another thing that pissed me off It seemed like Crichton was writing this just because it had been too long since he wrote a book that would make a great movie Thought the movie kind of sucked too And sure enough, it got optioned bah Don t you remember the days of amazing novels by Crichton 5 28 14 a P. S Dear condescending morons who keep showing up on this review to tell me how I m reading it wrong, or worse mansplaining why I don t get that this book is in your manly opinion, a masterpiece par none Fuck Off Also, I will delete your comments I m not doing this any Write your own damn review of this stupid, stupid book. Timeline, Michael CrichtonTimeline is a science fiction novel by American writer Michael Crichton, published in November 1999 It tells the story of a group of history students who travel to 14th century France to rescue their professor The book follows in Crichton s long history of combining technical details and action in his books, addressing quantum and multiverse theory 2010 1383 560 9649600186 20 1927 1967 14.