Crichton has always written I enjoy. I’ve read most of the ones listed on his homepage, and they have never dissapointed. He’s got a good mix of geek, techie, hard science, and good adventure, all the way from Congo to The Great Train Robbery.
Caution: Some spoilers in lighter text below (sorry those of you without HTML rendering aggregators) – Some plot but nothing you can’t get from the movie trailer, and some details of the story that the reader might prefer to leave as a surprise. Read on if you want.
Timeline is basically a time travel story. A group of archeologists finds a message from their boss that dates back 600 years not long after he goes to talk to the company that is sponsering their dig, ITC. They are brought to ITC and told that they can time travel and their boss was shown this, and got lost and they are needed to help bring him back.
Actually this isn’t entirely accurate. The tech that is involved has a lot to do with quantum physics and other nifty stuff that sounds really good but I of course have no idea how much BS it is, how how far the stretch is. Some does ring true from what I remember from my high school physics classes. A lot of it (especially how they do the actual time travel (which isn’t actual time travel, that’s impossible) is very cool.
So as you can guess it the group is sent back to the age of knights and castles and go figure, something goes wrong. I’m only about a third into it so I can’t tell you if they make it out ok, or what happens in there, but I know it’s good 🙂
One of the things that this book does is “feeling” more accurate in it’s depiction of the past. Two things stood out for me.
There are other things that make this feel more authentic than other books and movies dealing with this area (that I’ve read or saw anyway), but I’ll leave those to you to find out 🙂
There is a movie of Timeline coming out soon as well, which I’m looking forward to seeing. The trailer already shows me they have messed with the plot, but some of that is inevitable in any paper to film translation. I just hope they don’t screw up some of the other big and interesting plot points. We’ll see on November 26th I guess though huh?