The Outcasts of Time

The Outcasts of Time December 1348 With The Country In The Grip Of The Black Death, Brothers John And William Fear That They Will Shortly Die And Go To Hell But As The End Draws Near, They Are Given An Unexpected Choice Either To Go Home And Spend Their Last Six Days In Their Familiar World, Or To Search For Salvation Across The Forthcoming Centuries Living Each One Of Their Remaining Days Ninety Nine Years After The Last John And William Choose The Future And Find Themselves In 1447, Ignorant Of Almost Everything Going On Around Them The Year 1546 Brings No Comfort, And 1645 Challenges Them Still Further It Is Not Just That Technology Is Changing Things They Have Taken For Granted All Their Lives Prove To Be Short Lived As They Find Themselves In Stranger And Stranger Times, The Reader Travels With Them, Seeing The World Through Their Eyes As It Shifts Through Disease, Progress, Enlightenment And War But Their Time Is Running Out Can They Do Something To Redeem Themselves Before The Six Days Are Up I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.In depth race through history, under the guise of a novel.Once again, this was one of those books that I started, with no idea what to expect it s muchfun that way, isn t it At the start, my head was fully blown However, there were points in the middle when I was left scratching my head a little Allow me to explainThe book follows two brothers at the time of the plague I think it s 1300s , travelling I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.In depth race through history, under the guise of a novel.Once again, this was one of those books that I started, with no idea what to expect it s muchfun that way, isn t it At the start, my head was fully blown However, there were points in the middle w
DNF 40% Let me start by saying I love historical books Especially ones that teach me about things I may not have known or help to bring to light nuances that I had perhaps not thought of before However, writers absolutely must bring me into the time period in a way that is interesting and intriguing Telling me about tin mining, church state representation, clothing and the food is just dull PlotThe Outcasts of Time starts during the time of the Black Plague with two travelling brothers Th DNF 40% Let me start by saying I love historical books Especially ones that teach me about things I may not have known or help to bring to light nuances that I had perhaps not thought of before However, writers absolutely must bring me into the time period in a way that is interesting and intriguing Telling me about tin mining, church state representation, clothing and the food is just dull PlotThe Outcasts of Time starts during the time of the Black Plague with two travelling brothers The conditions are deplorabl
It is several weeks since I finished this book and I m still trying to decide what to make of it I found it by turns puzzling, frustrating, impressive, thought provoking, didactic and moving Positioned as historical fiction, at times it seemedlike social history, political treatise, fantasy or philosophical debate John s and William s journey is really a device to take the reader on a journey through time, charting changes in clothing, food, technology, architecture and religious debate It is several weeks since I finished this book and I m still trying to decide what to make of it I found it by turns puzzling, frustrating, impressive, thought provoking, d
I took a few days to think about my reaction to this, as I didn t want to say anything without consideration But my gut reaction still stands the structure here is repetitive and boring, and as a time travel piece, it s dull and theologically didactic Once the narrative gets away from Mortimer s wheelhouse, even the detail and the events get rather sketchy and vague But this is, to me, typical of writers pretending they re not working in a genre they don t know the history of the tropes and I took a few days to think about my reaction to this, as I didn t want to say anything without consideration But my gut reaction still stands the structur
On the surface, Ian Mortimer s The Outcasts of Time has everything an historical novel should have It was full of sumptuous description, historical accuracy, and a well developed protagonist used to illustrate his own zeitgeist It is a shame then that no strength of writing could make up for the one thing that The Outcasts of Time was really lacking A plot.Within the first few pages, I was already worried that Ian Mortimer would go the way of so many historians turned novelists, and my wor On the surface, Ian Mortimer s The Outcasts of Time has everything an historical novel should have It was full of sumptuous description, historical accuracy, and a well developed protagon
This novel is beautiful in its prose, fascinating in its historical detail, and emotive in its themes on humanity and the passing of time I was first drawn in by the promise that renowned historian Ian Mortimer would be taking readers on an adventure through time Finding that this book does that while also making thought provoking statements on the human condition, I was helpless to put it down once I started it.The story of John of Wrayment and his brother begins in 1348 during a devastating This novel is beautiful in its prose, fascinating in its historical detail, and emotive in its themes on humanity and the
I received a free E Arc from Netgalley.Ian Mortimer is a fantastic historian looking at the past with new eyes and in so doing shedding light on events that are often, erroneously, presented as a fait accompli For this reason, I was very excited to be given the opportunity to read and review his first work of fiction.The Outcasts of Time is a deeply intriguing novel, looking not at the past through our perception, but rather the future which is now our past through the eyes of a man who liv I received a free E Arc from Netgalley.Ian Mortimer is a fantastic historian looking at the past with new eyes and in so doing shedding light on events that are often, erroneously, presented as a fait accompli For this reason, I was very excited to be given the op
3.5 stars It was really goodThe man who has no knowledge of the past has no wisdom.Such a fascinating synopsis and start to the book A 14th century man contracts the plague and is visited by a supernatural being that explains his soul is currently destined to go to Hell He has 7 days left to live he can choose to live them out in his current time with his family, or spend each remaining day in a new century plague less , always 99 years in the future of his yesterday with the chance 3.5 stars It was really goodThe man who has no knowledge of the past has no wisdom.Such a fascinating synopsis and start to the book A 14th century man contracts the plague and is visited by a supernatural being that explains his soul is currently destined to go to Hell He has 7 days left to l
Ian Mortimer is a social historian and the author of the popular Time Traveller s Guide books that provide light hearted introductions to a range of historical periods The Outcasts Of Time is his first essay into the world of fiction The book begins in 1384 with the protagonist, John, and his brother, William, wandering through a co
In this fantastic novel, historian Ian Mortimer expands on his Time Traveller s Guide series by offering us a fictional guide to centuries of change It begins in 1348, at the height of the Black Death, as brothers John and William find themselves in dire straits in their home county of Devon John is married with children, and wants to return home to find out if his family are okay, as all around the brothers people are dying from the plague The brothers are veterans of the siege of Calais, an In this fantastic novel, historian Ian Mortimer expands on his Time Traveller s Guide series by offering us a fictional guide to centuries of change It begins in 1348, at the height of the Black Death, as brothers John and William find themselves in dire straits in their home county of Devon John is married with children, and wants to return home to find out if his family are okay, as all around the brothers people are dying from the plague The brothers are veterans of the siege of Calais,