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A bold new time-warping direction for a leading light in science fiction In January 2017, something very strange happens to screenwriter Ed Richie. He wakes up one morning to find that he has been shunted back in time nine months and is now inhabiting the body of his younger self… Worse is to come: the following day he jumps three years, to 2013, with all his memories of the A bold new time-warping direction for a leading light in science fiction In January 2017, something very strange happens to screenwriter Ed Richie. He wakes up one morning to find that he has been shunted back in time nine months and is now inhabiting the body of his younger self… Worse is to come: the following day he jumps three years, to 2013, with all his memories of the intervening years intact. What is happening to him? Is he going mad? And where will his involuntary time-travel end? Meanwhile, in 2030, journalist Ella Croft is investigating the life of screenwriter and celebrated novelist Ed Richie, who mysteriously vanished in 2025. She interviews friends, acquaintances, and old lovers – and what she discovers will change not only Ed Richie’s life, but her own… Buying Time is a time-travel novel like no other. No man is rich enough to buy back his past – unless that man is Ed Richie…


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A bold new time-warping direction for a leading light in science fiction In January 2017, something very strange happens to screenwriter Ed Richie. He wakes up one morning to find that he has been shunted back in time nine months and is now inhabiting the body of his younger self… Worse is to come: the following day he jumps three years, to 2013, with all his memories of the A bold new time-warping direction for a leading light in science fiction In January 2017, something very strange happens to screenwriter Ed Richie. He wakes up one morning to find that he has been shunted back in time nine months and is now inhabiting the body of his younger self… Worse is to come: the following day he jumps three years, to 2013, with all his memories of the intervening years intact. What is happening to him? Is he going mad? And where will his involuntary time-travel end? Meanwhile, in 2030, journalist Ella Croft is investigating the life of screenwriter and celebrated novelist Ed Richie, who mysteriously vanished in 2025. She interviews friends, acquaintances, and old lovers – and what she discovers will change not only Ed Richie’s life, but her own… Buying Time is a time-travel novel like no other. No man is rich enough to buy back his past – unless that man is Ed Richie…

30 review for Buying Time

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mohammed Arabey

    Buying Time is a story about Writing Career “Scripts & Novels”, Friendship, Society, Politics.. And of course about Time… What if you jump back in time to the younger version of yourself...with the conscious of your present one.. Interesting & unlimited possibilities.. A wish as old as Time... Okay, But What if you just kept jumping in time, every-single-day to even a younger one.. That's the “Paradox” here, in “Buying Time”.. *** The Story *** -------------- (( 2017 )) Ed Richi is a successful T Buying Time is a story about Writing Career “Scripts & Novels”, Friendship, Society, Politics.. And of course about Time… What if you jump back in time to the younger version of yourself...with the conscious of your present one.. Interesting & unlimited possibilities.. A wish as old as Time... Okay, But What if you just kept jumping in time, every-single-day to even a younger one.. That's the “Paradox” here, in “Buying Time”.. *** The Story *** -------------- (( 2017 )) Ed Richi is a successful TV shows scriptwriter.. but in his mid-fifties he feel unsatisfied with his career of writing ‘insignificant’ scripts that never last in memories… always feeling forced to change and rewrite for the sake of Tyrant Directors, Needy Actresses, and greedy Producers...and of course, Censorship.. Also he feel unsatisfied with his personal life, his long chain of relations with women that never last more than 3 years tops. His only good friend also -a screenwriter as well- regrets not publishing a novel long ago and just stuck in the machine of writing insignificant scripts. But suddenly, SNAP, Ed wakes up back a year in time, to 2016.. SNAP, the morning after, he's back to 2013… And before he know it, the next day he's in 2008…. And Stranger Things awaits him.. (( 2030 )) In near future kinda-Realistic Dystopia, Ella Show is a journalist in Scotland, the last heaven for freedom after the fascists “The Right-Wing” takes over US, England and many other major countries.. She set herself to a task of investigating the strange case of Ed Richi… who disappeared into thin air 5 years ago.. Interviewing some of his women and his best Friend.. not knowing she may end with a mind-blowing story. The Verdict on the Plot “The first act drags, it lacks dramatic tension. The second act is a little better, but needs cutting, and the third act…” Well, funny that was written near the ending of the novel, criticising Ed’s play. If I can sum the story experience… that’d be it… BUT, the plot itself is really good… the whole mysterious experience provided dramatic tension enough for me to continue.. Just the first half as whole needed a bit cutting.. First couple of ‘Throwbacks’ in time almost felt similar and bit draggy… I was like, will it be all about his Girlfriends? like “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past”.. I mean if I'm not a “Time Travel Theories” sucker I'd just wouldn't continue…. Also if I'm not even more interested in the whole “Writing Career and Screenwriters life” it'd have been a boring story for me. But then with The Second half, the changes in Ed character, embracing this mysterious phenomenon, it gets much better, not to mention the “twist” in the middle of the story.. then the 5th,6th and 7th Throwbacks, was really full of twists, Science Fiction theories and even action packed though not much necessary.. but it was just fun. The Writing Style Interesting structure ; One Chapter of Richi’s Time Travels / One Chapter of the Future Ella’s investigations, That was really nice way to keep the tension of the story.. And a page of Ed's dairies after every chapter also a good touch... most of it connects with eachother in a way... just I felt it can use some more work to be a real perfection. PS: The Globe… it appeared in the early story in the pub..then in the middle at Ed’s 90s room.. also the Cover of the novel itself… but with no more significant appearance by the end...just thought it better made one. The Politics We're heading into a deep shit… Well, I'm glad that the author mentioned that Ed’s first read was Orwell’s 1984… cause here he tried to get the atmosphere of it, with also a bit of Barve New World, to show “where we're heading to” with the aid of the current political shit, from Trump to UK getting like everything separating from inside and outside. Also the reflections at the political parts from the different Ed’s Throwbacks in time was very fresh reminder.. Like the Bush era, 9/11 aftermath, etc. This parts could have been better if get more in depth rather than the “not much needed” linger in the fictional futuristic’s policies. The Science“Ground-breaking hard SF in that it combined cutting-edge, up-to-the-minute cosmological speculation with penetrating character insight.” That's how a character described his SF novel… well, may be the author here tried to do so as well with the explanation of the plot by the ending.. It was good theory..and for a while I thought it may be like (view spoiler)[ “Vanilla Sky” (hide spoiler)] -one of my very favourite underrated movies- but here it even tried much harder in making the Scientific part and the Time Travel theory more entertaining.. Again quoting from the novel “It’s a brilliant conceit – if not wholly original” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ *** The Characters **** -------------------- As I said, It's a story of Friendship.. What connects Ed with his Friend, Digby, was may be the best thing about the characters in the novel. Ed may seems shallow… but it's clearly from early on that it's authorial intention, (The Novel really helped me writing this review with its Criticism References) So by the mid. of the novel you may start liking Ed's character...but you'll fall in love with his best friend's Digby more when his character get more background. On the other side, Ella show character was just okay...not with that strong impact.. even her relationship with her ex-girlfriend didn't felt significant to me much. After all , since it's a story of Writers and authors, Criticism was a very important “Character” here. It sure has a very important role.. Well, hope the writer accept this much of criticism… may I remind with this quote again from the novel ;“That an indication of the maturity of a writer was his ability to accept criticism.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ *** Finally *** ------------ I guess my rate here 3.5 ☆☆☆☆ I really enjoyed it.. it's a very good read if you're into Writing Careers + Time Travel… And it's even a better one if you're into UK political state... Mohammed Arabey From 4 May 2018 To 8 May 2018 Special Thanks for Rebellion Publishing and NetGalley for the ARC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bandit

    So here I was thinking how nice it is to discover a new science fiction author I like and turns out not, so new, I’ve read Binary System by him before, well by Eric Brown. This is his more character driven work, hence the initials. But new author or otherwise, what a great book. And yes, it is very much a character driven story. The main one of which is an aging tv writer/author who mysteriously disappears and a journalist with a connection to his past who tries to find him. So that’s the myster So here I was thinking how nice it is to discover a new science fiction author I like and turns out not, so new, I’ve read Binary System by him before, well by Eric Brown. This is his more character driven work, hence the initials. But new author or otherwise, what a great book. And yes, it is very much a character driven story. The main one of which is an aging tv writer/author who mysteriously disappears and a journalist with a connection to his past who tries to find him. So that’s the mystery aspect. But this is, of course, a science fiction novel and as such the bulk of the story is set in the terrifyingly plausible near future where politics have taken a dark turn for nationalism, neofascist policies, disappearing civil liberties, rampant conservatism and xenophobia…essentially the way it’s going now with the volume turned up for dramatic effect. US being one of the main offenders, but also England, no longer united. Scotland (finally ceding) becomes the liberal safety zone. Again, all very logical. In this book the future is too near, 2030 at the latest, to stun the readers with out of this world technology, it relies on dystopian sociopolitical inventiveness (and how one wishes it was entire an invention) instead and as such is very relevant and compelling of a read. But if you don’t read it for politics, read it for the general plot, it’s absolutely fascinating. The protagonist starts skipping backwards in time to salient moments in his life and it’s a real trip in every meaning of the world, particularly the explanation, which works exceptionally well and comes as something of an ending twist. So it’s a time travel story and a pleasantly reasonable/plausibleish one at that. And the astonishing thing is that, despite the bleakness of its setting, it’s actually a strangely optimistic story, it allows for a possibility of changing one’s past, changing one’s life, of second chances and forgiveness. I loved this one, wanted to read it in one sitting (didn’t manage), wanted to see what’s next, thought about it when I wasn’t reading it, all the things one wishes for in a book. Now if only technology would reach up and meet the fiction and real world do the opposite and veer away from its dystopian course. Until then, there’s Buying Time. Awesome book. Enthusiastically recommended. Thanks Netgalley.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    How many people would like to go back in time and live their life over? Now that you are older, you know how things turn out. You know how to do it right. You won't blow up at the wrong time and let someone you love walk out of your life. You won't let someone get in an accident you could have prevented. The idea of time travel is always intriguing from Wells' Time Machine to the present. This book ("Buying Time") is another twist on the concept and here there's no worrying about time paradoxes How many people would like to go back in time and live their life over? Now that you are older, you know how things turn out. You know how to do it right. You won't blow up at the wrong time and let someone you love walk out of your life. You won't let someone get in an accident you could have prevented. The idea of time travel is always intriguing from Wells' Time Machine to the present. This book ("Buying Time") is another twist on the concept and here there's no worrying about time paradoxes and changing the universe by leaving a footprint. The story focuses on a small community of British writers, actresses, and screenwriters and on one man in particular who has gone through dozens of live-in relationships over the years. He suddenly finds himself back in various pasts of his and tries to make sense of it and what to do with this strange phenomenon. Alas, as intriguing as the concept is, the novel simply didn't work for me. Perhaps too much dialogue and too little action. Perhaps I didn't like the characters or the narrative voice. But, you can't always like everything on the menu. Maybe it will work for someone else. Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Buying Time is Eric Brown’s latest novel, though this time published under the name of E.M. Brown. Known for his character-focused science fiction stories, Brown has explored many themes during his years as a writer, yet the concept of time-travel is one that, I believe, he has not tackled until now. It’s an interesting topic that can be approached in many ways, from big-budget ideas down to very personal stories. As hoped and expected, Brown is firmly in the latter territory here, using his str Buying Time is Eric Brown’s latest novel, though this time published under the name of E.M. Brown. Known for his character-focused science fiction stories, Brown has explored many themes during his years as a writer, yet the concept of time-travel is one that, I believe, he has not tackled until now. It’s an interesting topic that can be approached in many ways, from big-budget ideas down to very personal stories. As hoped and expected, Brown is firmly in the latter territory here, using his strengths to tell a fascinating story. Ed Richie lives in the small town of Harrowby Bridge in Yorkshire, spending his time writing scripts for TV shows and radio plays. While not alone, he shares his life with a stream of women with whom, one at a time, he has an inevitably short relationship before they leave him. His oldest friend, Digby Lincoln – Diggers – is also a writer, more successful than Richie, and living not too far from him. They meet regularly to catch up with a few pints in the local pub, which almost always ends up being a good old drinking session. It’s after one of these heavy sessions the night Richie’s latest lady leaves that he collapses, waking up not the following morning, but almost a year earlier in 2016… Meanwhile in 2030 Ella Shaw is a writer for Scot Free Media in a world vastly different, though not unimaginable, from our own. While reporting and writing on the many different atrocities taking place in the world, she is also fascinated by Ed Richie’s disappearance in 2025, vanishing without a trace. With her own reasons for chasing down a story, she embarks on a fact-finding mission into Richie’s past to see if she can discover just what, exactly, happened to him. Buying Time is the kind of novel that can really pull you into its narrative. While starting relatively innocuously with a broken relationship, followed by a nice ‘heavy night’ at the pub, it’s a couple of chapters in that it gets very interesting, and opening its door to the main time travel possibilities it promises. For me it’s these early chapters – alternating between Ed Richie as his consciousness gradually moves back through time, and Ella Shaw as she goes about her business in a troubled and oppressive world – that really work for me. In short, it’s the characters that Brown creates to bring his story to life that are the reason the story works as well as it does. While most of Buying Time is focused on Richie’s life, it’s the aspects of Ella’s world that are perhaps most fascinating. Set in a Britain that has left the EU and the rise of its racist and homophobic government, England is no longer a safe and pleasant place to live. With Scotland and Wales having broken away from England and gained independence, it is harrowing to see such a future. America are perhaps worse than England, now outlawing homosexuality which sees a huge rise in refugees leaving the country. It’s no surprise to see such fictional events given today’s political climate, and while it could be argued that the world presented here is an extreme take on events, they still feel very real, and all too plausible. Ultimately, Buying Time is a tremendous success. Brown creates compelling characters and tells their story in ways that make them relatable, a true hallmark and strength to his fiction. I was left almost exhausted come the end, having to take some time to really appreciate what he’s done here. Buying Time is not an action packed sci-fi novel, but a more thoughtful character focused affair that is a refreshing take on a well-worn genre trope, a page turner, and a highly enjoyable novel. This is Eric Brown at his best. Very much recommended.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Note: I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. I have always been a sucker for time-travel novels. I guess it’s my love for history, and my closet-wish to observe and understand history as it happened. So when E. M. Brown’s novel Buying Time came up on NetGalley I couldn’t resist. Buying Time is about Ed Richie, a screenwriter in the UK. He is a womanizer, and can’t even remember all the women who have lived with him these past decades. His latest gir Note: I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. I have always been a sucker for time-travel novels. I guess it’s my love for history, and my closet-wish to observe and understand history as it happened. So when E. M. Brown’s novel Buying Time came up on NetGalley I couldn’t resist. Buying Time is about Ed Richie, a screenwriter in the UK. He is a womanizer, and can’t even remember all the women who have lived with him these past decades. His latest girlfriend walks out after another big fight and he goes to the pub with his friend, a more successful screenwriter, Digby. When he wakes up the next day things are strange. Stranger than if he’d had a normal hangover. The weather is different. His clothes are not on the floor. And some things in his house have changed. After some confusion he finally figures out he’s jumped a couple of years back in time. He explains this to Digby (a younger Digby), but soon “jumps” again, even further back in time. In the 2030’s, journalist Ella Croft is taking a month off to work on the biography of screenwriter turned novelist Ed Richie, who disappeared without a trace in 2025. For this biography she has to travel to England (from independent Scotland), a country dangerous for her now that LGBTQ people are openly prosecuted. Through her research she uncovers what happened to Ed Richie, which is something that has an impact on her future and past too. This book proved to me that my love for time travel stories isn’t always a good thing. I wanted so much more from this story than what I got. My main issues are twofold. Firstly I have issues with the time travel mechanism of Ed Richie appearing in his own body/mind a couple of years before the now. It starts out as a good concept, and even the methodology behind it I can get into, but in the end Brown doesn’t really carry it forward. It’s like he lost interest (or never had it in the first place) in the time travel aspect, and turned to the emotional aspect of the story. I also did not like Brown’s description of the future in the parts about Ella. Without giving too much away, Brown is no fan of Trump and UK First, and takes the current political and social climate in mainly the US, UK and Scotland to the extreme. I’m not saying one shouldn’t write about this, or even that this conclusion is so unrealistic to be laughable, but it did not fit in this story. We have a story about time travel, about love, about fixing past mistakes, and as a misplaced bonus we get a dystopian future that really does not influence the story at all. Nothing that happens in this dystopia affects the main characters, nor changes what happens in the story. What’s left is a story about what you would do if you have a chance to do parts of your life over, and how much past actions and associated guilt will affect your future. Nice, but I expected something more. It therefore gets three out of five stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Hinton

    Dystopian? Check Time travel? Check Characters I can get emotionally invested in? Check Oh...you want more detail than that, huh? OK, the best way I can think to summarise this book is if you had put 1984 in the blender with The Time Traveller's Wife, added a pinch of One Day and then blitzed it all together into some wonderful creation. If that metaphor makes this sound like a mess than I apologise, because it worked really well! If you, like me, feel increasingly despairing about the current polit Dystopian? Check Time travel? Check Characters I can get emotionally invested in? Check Oh...you want more detail than that, huh? OK, the best way I can think to summarise this book is if you had put 1984 in the blender with The Time Traveller's Wife, added a pinch of One Day and then blitzed it all together into some wonderful creation. If that metaphor makes this sound like a mess than I apologise, because it worked really well! If you, like me, feel increasingly despairing about the current political situation in the world - then be warned, this won't make you feel any better! The author imagines a near future where in the year 2030 the current feeling of isolationism has given rise to an atmosphere of racism and homophobia. Most notably it focuses on LGBT rights - to the extent that in this imagined future, the equal marriage rights bill has been repealed in some countries. This may seem extreme and a tad depressing and yet it was somehow scarily believable! To start with I really wasn't keen on the main character, Ed Richie; he seemed self absorbed, uninteresting and ultimately just a bit pathetic. But stick with him, because his personality really develops and we learn more of his history that explains the most frustrating parts of his character. He really develops through the book as well. The story alternates between his time traveling jaunts and Ella's story -set in 2030, trying to research what happened to Richie and why he disappeared. I loved how carefully the plot was thought out and how it managed to come full circle at the end. It was a very satisfying read that didn't leave anything hanging, or any frustrating unanswered questions. And alongside all the sci-fi, thriller themes, was actually the most emotional and touching of story-lines. It really played with that age old question of, "If you could go back in time, knowing what you know now, and do things differently,...... would you?" There was one part in particular that had me quite tearful, which was entirely unexpected from a book like this and that is credit to how much I was vested in these characters by the end. My reviews and other musings can all be found at hintonhitsthebooks.wixsite.com/blog Thanks to the Publisher and Netgalley for this preview copy in return for an honest review. Buying Time is out now by Rebellion Publishing, Solaris Books .

  7. 4 out of 5

    Arden Belrose

    I received a free copy of this book, thanks to Solaris and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinions in any way. I’d like to give the first half of the book 3 stars and the latter half 3.5. It was slow-going and I wasn’t too invested in the characters until the midway point. From there onwards, I found myself getting attached and wanting to know how it all panned out. Only after I’ve finished the book did I appreciate the characters being flawed even though I d I received a free copy of this book, thanks to Solaris and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinions in any way. I’d like to give the first half of the book 3 stars and the latter half 3.5. It was slow-going and I wasn’t too invested in the characters until the midway point. From there onwards, I found myself getting attached and wanting to know how it all panned out. Only after I’ve finished the book did I appreciate the characters being flawed even though I did not agree with their choices at times. Lots of politics, love-affairs and self-discoveries(it’s up to you if you prefer that or not, personally I didn’t like Ed’s promiscuous love-life and didn’t give a fig on the politics). I loved the bromance between Ed and Digsby though, what a cherishable friendship! And the characterization was impressive to say the least. The underlying topic here is that ‘time is paramount’. Quoted in this book from An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde: ‘Even you are not rich enough, Sir Robert, to buy back your past. No man is.’ However, there was one line that I took offense to, which was: ‘Of course, there’s all those blighted Islamic holes, but there the drink doesn’t flow…’ Here, Islamic countries/communities have been given a sweeping description as ‘blighted holes’. I’d like the author to explain why he did this. There’s an undercurrent of regret and melancholy in Buying Time. Towards the end there was one scene which almost brought tears to my eyes. If asked to describe the book in one word, I’d choose ‘profound’.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bronagh Miskelly

    Buying Time promises so much for about three quarters of the novel. *A mysterious disappearance * The development of Ed Ritchie's character as his apparently random time travelling causes him to review his life * Time travel * A dystopian post-Brexit setting It moves along and keeps you interesting and then suddenly it all fell apart and to me seemed like EM Brown lost interest in his whole premis. Suddenly the "rules" set up by all Ed's previous time jumps are broken when he experiences something out Buying Time promises so much for about three quarters of the novel. *A mysterious disappearance * The development of Ed Ritchie's character as his apparently random time travelling causes him to review his life * Time travel * A dystopian post-Brexit setting It moves along and keeps you interesting and then suddenly it all fell apart and to me seemed like EM Brown lost interest in his whole premis. Suddenly the "rules" set up by all Ed's previous time jumps are broken when he experiences something outside his remembered time line and we don't find out why - especially as the next jump is back into the original time line. We find out why/how he is time travelling in a few paragraphs but never properly learn about the scientists etc and indeed the deeper reasons for the project. Is it a long term idea to stop the dystopia. Why does Ed take up novel writing in 2017? Is is a result of the time travel? Would it have happened anyway? The last few chapters are a big let down and hence my rating dropped from a 4 to a 2 star rating. It would never have been a 5 because Ella the other central figure isn't drawn in the detail of Ed and although one person calls her out on the impact of her survivor's guilt, her emotions are not properly explored, despite being central to a key decision in the plot. Over all feeling let down

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cheyanne Lepka

    I love time travel, and this book was no exception. It was a little more character-driven than what I usually lean towards, but I found Ed Richie to be an interesting, albeit at times deeply flawed, character. It was a book that examined not only human nature, but juxtaposed the question of “what if we could change the past” against a hauntingly realistic dystopian near-future. Something that I’m sure was no mistake. This character-driven science fiction novel was a wonderful foray into examining I love time travel, and this book was no exception. It was a little more character-driven than what I usually lean towards, but I found Ed Richie to be an interesting, albeit at times deeply flawed, character. It was a book that examined not only human nature, but juxtaposed the question of “what if we could change the past” against a hauntingly realistic dystopian near-future. Something that I’m sure was no mistake. This character-driven science fiction novel was a wonderful foray into examining the relationship between knowledge and choice, and what could happen if given the opportunity to “buy back time”. With brilliantly flawed characters and compellingly realistic situations, this book was a real page turner, and left me completely attached to the characters and cheering for them. Overall, all I can say is that I found this to be an intelligently put together book that tugged at my heart-strings in unexpected ways, and left me thinking about my own mistakes. I highly recommend this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sean Randall

    Given the sheer quantity of alcohol these chaps get through, I'm surprised Ed doesn't send himself catapulting off into history four days a week. But it's great to see beer, football and TV soap operas right in there alongside quantum mechanics and shrewd, extrapolated political realities which are bitterly hard to swallow. I haven't read much of Brown before, but this is a work of art. Seminally English at times, the homeliness of the scenes in the pub are juxtaposed brilliantly both with Ed's j Given the sheer quantity of alcohol these chaps get through, I'm surprised Ed doesn't send himself catapulting off into history four days a week. But it's great to see beer, football and TV soap operas right in there alongside quantum mechanics and shrewd, extrapolated political realities which are bitterly hard to swallow. I haven't read much of Brown before, but this is a work of art. Seminally English at times, the homeliness of the scenes in the pub are juxtaposed brilliantly both with Ed's journey and the disunited kingdom of over a decade hence. The sheer overwhelming pressure of the fifteenth chapter, when we finally see exactly what happened in June 1983, sets us on track for an explosively quiet, reverent low-key ending which leaves one feeling at once enthused for the future and yet languorously torpid with the sense of an ending - the feeling of a story brought to a close with such solemnity and due diligence.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mark Gardner

    Any time I see a time travel story on NetGalley, I’m ready and willing. It includes an aging novelist? Yep, I can totally relate. I liked the shifting between Ed’s romp through time, and 2030 Ella, and her fight for LGBT rights. Oh, and she’s also trying to track down Ed, and solve the mystery of his disappearance. Often when reading an A-B story, one of the branches is boring. Not the case with Buying Time. Brown fills in interesting back-story with the Ella “B” line. Ed Richie isn’t a very lika Any time I see a time travel story on NetGalley, I’m ready and willing. It includes an aging novelist? Yep, I can totally relate. I liked the shifting between Ed’s romp through time, and 2030 Ella, and her fight for LGBT rights. Oh, and she’s also trying to track down Ed, and solve the mystery of his disappearance. Often when reading an A-B story, one of the branches is boring. Not the case with Buying Time. Brown fills in interesting back-story with the Ella “B” line. Ed Richie isn’t a very likable character, but that’s not a bad thing, since his time-traveling situation rings true. The theme of the story is one of sadness and regret. Who among us hasn’t remembered that thing that they did, and wished they could go back and make a different choice? Overall, this was a good sci-fi read, and I’ll definitely check out other works by Brown. Four stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Firstly, what I liked. The basic premise is excellent, particularly the experimental nature of the time travel which resulted in fatalities and Ed not remembering why he'd travelled back in time. As with all Eric Brown's books, it's well written and avoids the repetition and over-use of certain words and phrases which plague certain other writers' work. What I didn't like was the political and social backdrop to the story. Maybe it's because I read science fiction to escape from the real world fo Firstly, what I liked. The basic premise is excellent, particularly the experimental nature of the time travel which resulted in fatalities and Ed not remembering why he'd travelled back in time. As with all Eric Brown's books, it's well written and avoids the repetition and over-use of certain words and phrases which plague certain other writers' work. What I didn't like was the political and social backdrop to the story. Maybe it's because I read science fiction to escape from the real world for a while and the situation described here was very close to home and a possible if not particularly likely consequence of current events. Mostly though, I disliked it because it has no bearing on the main story and instead comes across as something the author wanted to get off his chest. Overall though, I enjoyed the book and I'm glad I read it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    CJ

    Am not sure why, but from the synopsis I was expecting more of a sci-fi thriller. It's not. The story isn't about the science of time travel or the futuristic dystopian political agendas. It is about character development and how specific moments in our past shape who we are. I loved the bromance between Ed and Digger. After finishing it made me want to call up a few comrades and meet up for a pint. (view spoiler)[While I did enjoy the world building (wow... Brexit has a lot to answer for but goo Am not sure why, but from the synopsis I was expecting more of a sci-fi thriller. It's not. The story isn't about the science of time travel or the futuristic dystopian political agendas. It is about character development and how specific moments in our past shape who we are. I loved the bromance between Ed and Digger. After finishing it made me want to call up a few comrades and meet up for a pint. (view spoiler)[While I did enjoy the world building (wow... Brexit has a lot to answer for but good to see that Scotland maintained their collective good sense), the dystopian futuristic setting, the subterfuge and the secret spy plots were not particularly riveting and in the end were completely unnecessary. (hide spoiler)] Recommended for rainy day reading. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for the ARC.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Barondestructo

    A time travel adventure of a different sort sees our protagonist, Ed Richie, involuntarily jumping further and further back to various points in his past life. It's an atypical take on the sci-fi sub-genre that focuses less on the mechanics of the time travel conceit or the search for answers as it does Richie's complicated relationships with the women in his life. The final reveal of what's really going is quite clever. Ultimately, an enjoyable read, but one marred by a rather heavy-handed poli A time travel adventure of a different sort sees our protagonist, Ed Richie, involuntarily jumping further and further back to various points in his past life. It's an atypical take on the sci-fi sub-genre that focuses less on the mechanics of the time travel conceit or the search for answers as it does Richie's complicated relationships with the women in his life. The final reveal of what's really going is quite clever. Ultimately, an enjoyable read, but one marred by a rather heavy-handed political commentary present in everything from the world-building to our protagonist's own leanings. Unlike a 1984 or Handmaid's Tale, here its mere window-dressing, disconnected from the narrative,. It's unsubtle, clunky, and distracts from what is otherwise a very solid sci-fi novel.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alice Little

    Wow, I really enjoyed this, partly because it was well-written and I liked the characters, but also because it only came out this year and discusses modern politics so I read it at the perfect time! (Any more in the future and I’d wonder why he hadn’t mentioned XYZ at the end of 2018.) It’s essentially a time travel story, but the suspense about what’s going on, and the personal histories is nicely timed, and everything is answered and resolved without too much action, which fits the style of the Wow, I really enjoyed this, partly because it was well-written and I liked the characters, but also because it only came out this year and discusses modern politics so I read it at the perfect time! (Any more in the future and I’d wonder why he hadn’t mentioned XYZ at the end of 2018.) It’s essentially a time travel story, but the suspense about what’s going on, and the personal histories is nicely timed, and everything is answered and resolved without too much action, which fits the style of the book. Not yet sure whether I’ll rave about it later, but I can update my lists if I do! Meanwhile I heartily recommend it, and had better return this copy to the library quick so someone else can read it while it’s still fresh!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

    In Buying Time by E.M. (Eric) Brown, novelist Ed Richie disappears from 2025 and finds himself waking in his own body in earlier and earlier periods of life. Meanwhile in the current time journalist Ella Croft begins writing a book investigating Ed's life and why he disappeared. This was a real page-turner, showing Eric Brown's greatest strength - creating engaging and memorable characters. He also makes some interesting social commentary on a number of today's issues, by projecting them into fut In Buying Time by E.M. (Eric) Brown, novelist Ed Richie disappears from 2025 and finds himself waking in his own body in earlier and earlier periods of life. Meanwhile in the current time journalist Ella Croft begins writing a book investigating Ed's life and why he disappeared. This was a real page-turner, showing Eric Brown's greatest strength - creating engaging and memorable characters. He also makes some interesting social commentary on a number of today's issues, by projecting them into future scenarios where extremism plays a greater role. Ultimately it's a well-constructed, heartfelt story of a man, with flaws, who comes to re-assess himself and his decisions in life. This is his best since Kings of Eternity.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I’m a bit torn about my thoughts on this book. The concept was interesting, and I wanted to keep reading to understand the mystery of Ed’s time travel. But I could not connect to the characters. There was background given to explain why they were as they were, but they were still mainly unlikeable to me. And in the end the time travel explanation felt unfinished. But it was thought provoking, so I’ll go with 3 stars. I received an ARC from NetGalley. The book will be released on May 17, 2018.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    Buying Time by E.M. Brown is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early May. TV writer/novelist Ed unexpectedly falls unconscious after a typical night at the pub, meanwhile Ella from 14 years forward in a diverse, travel-happy future seeks to research a now-famous Ed who has disappeared quite mysteriously. Later, Ed figures out that he's somehow traveling through time before winding down to an easy-to-piece-together conclusion.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    "No man is Rich Enough to Buy Back His Time". That said, I certainly do not regret time spent reading this book! Full Review at: https://thelastpageturnedbookblog.blo... *An advance Reading Copy provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hunter Fine

    A quick and easy read, light for the summer. Interesting plot and twists along the way - from the back of the book description I was expecting more of a sci-fi heavy novel, but it turned out to be a more conceptual, human-focused storyline, where the technology isn’t a main focus.

  21. 4 out of 5

    William

  22. 5 out of 5

    Catalina

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Raymond

    I’m a sucker for a good time travel story, and basically found this to be a fairly endearing time travel story with perhaps a little more heart to go along to it. The way the structure works was fascinating and memorable, and the meat of the story itself was pretty solid on a whole. A fairly great read on a whole.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gary Mcconnell

  25. 5 out of 5

    Luis Rubio

    GOOD BOOK. But i liked more, "replay" from Ken Grimwood.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dave Miller

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kaique N

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alex

  29. 4 out of 5

    Art Bernardino

  30. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

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