Review of Time Gypsy by Ellen Klages

18586183Carol McCullough is a physicist who conducted research on Dr. Sara Baxter Clarke, a physicist who disappeared in 1955, presumed drowned after driving off a cliff. It is understood that Clarke was researching time travel at the time of her death. McCullough receives an unexpected opportunity to travel back in time to meet Clarke, with the express purpose of obtaining Clarke’s complete research so that the problem of time travel can be solved.

Oh, if only life were that simple, eh? McCullough successfully travels back in time, and meets Clarke. We are not told how. We know that she is placed in a room and everyone else leaves. We also know that there is only enough energy (the energy consumption required being extraordinarily great) for one trip back and one forward – to send and retrieve McCullough. This was intriguing. But then to top it off, there’s the human element. Firstly, McCullough finds it very difficult to outright request the research. There’s something about asking that of an idol. And then, perhaps more to the point, McCullough discovers that Clarke, like herself, is sexually attracted to women, and so begins a relationship between the two women, complicating matters further.

This is a very good story. Klages’s writing is uncluttered and vivid, drawing one in to the world of Clarke and McCullough. Even though short, the reader cares for the characters and wants to see a good outcome to the story – one doesn’t want McCullough to betray Clarke, or Clarke to die.

And I have to say, I adore the title. Lovely touch, and very relevant.

4/5 rating

My fellow time travelling readers are:

Timothy C. Ward (on hiatus)
H.M. Jones
DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

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About Laurel C Kriegler

A born and bred South African, I was educated at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, where I graduated with an Honours Degree (post-graduate) in Economics at the end of 2001. After spending several years gaining work experience in the UK, I returned to South Africa to get married. It was during the ensuing period that my pursuits of writing and editing took hold.
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3 Responses to Review of Time Gypsy by Ellen Klages

  1. I thought the title of this story was so appropriate too. I really loved at the end, when Sara gave her that line about how gypsies always travel and only belong to other gypsies. Nice emotional touch. Very very good story.

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  2. It’s so weird that I didn’t even think of the title. What a nice touch. You’re right. I also liked the explanation as to why only one person could travel. Just a really thoughtful story.

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