The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman

Book Review : The Accidental Time Machine

By Joe Haldeman

  • Publication Date: 2007-08-07
  • Genre: Science Fiction
4 Score: 4 (From 70 Ratings)

Book Review


Grad- school dropout Matt Fuller is toiling as a lowly research assistant at MIT when he inadvertently creates a time machine. With a dead-end job and a girlfriend who left him for another man, Matt has nothing to lose in taking a time-machine trip himself?or so he thinks.

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  • The Accidental Time Machine

    By Jbj48
    This book was very disappointing. I love time travel but this book seemed very fake. The best part was where Matt and Martha ended up in the end of the book. Then the story was over. A waste of my money... Which I can earn more but most importantly a waste of my time that is gone forever.
  • Entertaining

    By iPadRanger
    I enjoyed the read...a quick and easy one. It was entertaining, which is largely what I wanted. It wasn't quite as thought provoking or suspenseful as Asimov's The End of Eternity and didn't have the social commentary of Heinlein's For Us, the Living or the excitement of The Door into Summer. I gave it three stars because, while well written and enjoyable, I thought the main character's jumps through time and the resulting links to his past and possible paradoxes were handled a little too loosely, especially towards the end. There were interesting hints of social, political, economic, and technological developments in the future that were never explored. I thought his treatments of certain aspects of society/global development ... consumerism, religion, evolution, etc. were a little ham-fisted. Finally, I was disappointed with the ending. It felt as if the author was rushing to get it to publication and never closed the loops (pun intended) opened in the story (i.e. important characters and events introduced throughout but never explained.). The end of the book was far too much like the ending of an hour-long television mystery where they summarily explain the plot in the last two minutes and throw in a dash of happily ever after.
  • Can I give it eight stars?

    By Tap Zoo Addict ;)
    Brilliant book! I absolutely loved it. It kept me thinking throughout the entire book.
  • A great use of time

    By CrazyJZman
    This was a fun story. With the usual sadness that the book is coming to a close in the last 30 pages. A regular Haldeman reader will really appreciate the tie ins at the end. Ya done it again Joe!!!!
  • A clever tale

    By ProfessorFL
    Well written with an intriguing plot. Nicely done.
  • Gripping

    By Dario Palma
    great time travelling novel, freakishly addictive, great story.
  • Great Read

    By Birdsong43
    The book held my interest on the small screen of the iPhone.