The Psychology of Time Travel

The Psychology of Time Travel Perfect for fans of Naomi Alderman s The Power and Margot Lee Shetterly s Hidden Figures comes The Psychology of Time Travel a mind bending time travel debut In four femal

  • Title: The Psychology of Time Travel
  • Author: Kate Mascarenhas
  • ISBN: 1683319443
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Perfect for fans of Naomi Alderman s The Power and Margot Lee Shetterly s Hidden Figures comes The Psychology of Time Travel, a mind bending, time travel debut.In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world s first time machine But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project and future of t Perfect for fans of Naomi Alderman s The Power and Margot Lee Shetterly s Hidden Figures comes The Psychology of Time Travel, a mind bending, time travel debut.In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world s first time machine But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project and future of time travel in jeopardy To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team erasing her contributions from history.Fifty years later, time travel is a big business Twenty something Ruby Rebello knows her beloved grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her But when Bee receives a mysterious newspaper clipping from the future reporting the murder of an unidentified woman, Ruby becomes obsessed could it be Bee Who would want her dead And most importantly of all can her murder be stopped Traversing the decades and told from alternating perspectives, The Psychology of Time Travel introduces a fabulous new voice in fiction and a new must read for fans of speculative fiction and women s fiction alike Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 336 pages Expected publication February 12th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books first published August 9th 2018 More Details ISBN 1683319443 ISBN13 9781683319443 Edition Language English Other Editions 7 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this 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Sean rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves sci fi, 4 star reads Time travel is a fantastic concept and it s almost limitless in its possibilities An author could take their book anywhere and to anyone it could be so many things I d love to see of them out there in the market The Psychology of Time Travel explores many ideas and it plays with reality through the process Mascarenhas has chosen to focus on the cognitive effects of such an epic exploration What happens to our minds when they are stretched too far Does our sanity start to crumble as i Time travel is a fantastic concept and it s almost limitless in its possibilities An author could take their book anywhere and to anyone it could be so many things I d love to see of them out there in the market The Psychology of Time Travel explores many ideas and it plays with reality through the process Mascarenhas has chosen to focus on the cognitive effects of such an epic exploration What happens to our minds when they are stretched too far Does our sanity start to crumble as it is subjected to such a mind boggling experience It s an interesting question, almost real world in its scope And that s what I liked about the book it all felt very realistic If science ever became advanced enough to create time travel, then I feel like psychologists would be exploring these concepts The story begins with four women inventing time travel in the 1960s After they use their machine, one of the women, Barbara, loses her mind and cannot form coherent sentences This is discovered on live television, which promptly causes the other three women to disown her in order to maintain some degree of credibility for their research They conclude that such an episode was due to Barbara s susceptibility to depression and mental illness From this they construct rigorous psychological screenings to prevent any weak minded individual from using their technology The novel is told through a multitude of perspectives across different time zones, and it s driven forward by a mysterious dead body found in 2017 How do you catch a killer that could be from anywhere or anytime Not easily, that s for sure, especially when you don t even know who the victim is There s nothing to identify her with No papers And her body is so badly damaged that she s unrecognisable You could be the killer and you wouldn t even know A future self could have transported themselves through time and done the deed Everybody s a suspect, and it really kept me reading I find it immensely interesting that the novel was written by a woman who has a PhD in literary studies and psychology Her academic background clearly adds something to the book and it s one full of great ideas and imagination, though the plot and structure felt a little messy at points I suppose that could only ever be the end result of multiple characters moving in and out of time Dates are provided at the start of each chapter, which did help, but it still got a little confusing with such a large cast of characters Novels like this can easily turn into a tangled mess of interweaving story threads However, towards the end it all became clear as everything slotted neatly into place and I realised how clever the book was being It s certainly something that has been well thought out and planned down to the very last detail Overall, it s a very promising first novel and I would like to see these ideas taken further in the future.Blog Twitter Facebook Insta Academia flag 129 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Sep 27, 2018 Christina Traveling Sister rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves traveling sisters 3.5, an epic tale of Traveling Sisters stars Full review featured on my blog Recipe and a Read This was an incredibly unique and interesting story about four women who pioneered the invention of time travel in 1967 and the repercussions of that choice and ability This book was 100% LADYPOWER and I absolutely loved that I think centering the story around women, gave Mascarenhas the ability to add a deep empathy to the affects of time travel and how it touched those who took part in it, and 3.5, an epic tale of Traveling Sisters stars Full review featured on my blog Recipe and a Read This was an incredibly unique and interesting story about four women who pioneered the invention of time travel in 1967 and the repercussions of that choice and ability This book was 100% LADYPOWER and I absolutely loved that I think centering the story around women, gave Mascarenhas the ability to add a deep empathy to the affects of time travel and how it touched those who took part in it, and those on the sidelines There are three timelines in this, one running with the invention of the machine, another in the present and the last taking place 50 years later after time travel has really taken off There is a lot of switching between POVs and differing story lines that made it a bit difficult for me to follow In between the story of how time travel works and what it does to those who encounter it there is a little mystery thrown in Ruby is the granddaughter to one of the pioneers Barbara Granny Bee and when a post from the future arrives about the murder of an unknown woman this sends Ruby into a tailspin about what this could mean Your face is the wrong way round, Barbara thought You ve been burning the midnight oil that s why you re pale You are trembling you are blinking over and over Has the hard work been worth it You can remember my feelings But I don t know what your feeling at all.At the same time we receive the post, we re also given the POV of Odette the woman who finds this future unknown murder victim and this storyline begins to unfold and overlap as well Time Travel has always been a sticky subject for me it s like my brain has to slog through mud just to wrap itself around the intricacies of how that would all work and it was no different in this novel The detail that went into this is truly impressive and wholly original I think the sheer number of narratives going on in this hurt the flow a bit and made it hard not only to follow along, but to connect with the characters as well When you re a time traveler, the people you love die, and you carry on seeing them, so their death stops making a difference to you The only death that will ever change things is your own.I ll be honest this one took me a minute to get through As I mentioned, things are confusing and get a little convoluted However, if you stick with it, there really is a magnificent and truly original story here that I found touching and overall worthwhile It was a hodgepodge of many different genres science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction and mystery all rolled into one book and it will take you on an interesting ride to say the very least A relationship between equals isn t possible if one person has all the knowledge My favorite aspect here, and what I think worked the best was the examination of how time travel affects each person It was incredibly interesting to see how it touched each individual character from those that had encountered a great deal of it, to those that only touched it a bit It is truly awe inspiring the level of detail and thought that went into this While I do think this book suffered from a bit too much story at times my overall takeaway was enjoyment and entertainment This is a real time travel masterpiece that examines it for the convoluted subject it is I completed this as a Traveling Sisters read and while many of us were a bit confused, we all really enjoyed discussing the ins and outs of time travel and the moral dilemmas it presents Thank you to Crooked Lane Books for an advanced copy of this novel. flag 113 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Sep 16, 2018 Debra rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves traveling sister reads When four female scientists create the world s first time machine in 1967, they had no idea how they would alter the world or themselves These women were known as pioneers, each with her own specialty to assist each other in the development of the time machine Fifty years later, time travel has taken off Ruby Rebello s grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the original pioneers Ruby has always been curious about her grandmother s past and her contribution to time travel, so when her grandmot When four female scientists create the world s first time machine in 1967, they had no idea how they would alter the world or themselves These women were known as pioneers, each with her own specialty to assist each other in the development of the time machine Fifty years later, time travel has taken off Ruby Rebello s grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the original pioneers Ruby has always been curious about her grandmother s past and her contribution to time travel, so when her grandmother receives a newspaper article from the future mentioning the murder of an unknown woman, she becomes concerned Who is the identified woman Could this woman be her grandmother Could the woman be someone her grandmother worked with in the past Can the murder be prevented This book has a highly original take on time travel The title says it all The Psychology of time travel How does traveling through time change a person Can time travel change your physiology Would traveling to the future effect how you live in the present Would time travel affect your relationships your outlook on life, your views on death, your thoughts on your own mortality So many questions popped into my mind while reading this book Mainly would I want to know my future Would I want to know how and when I die There are a lot of story lines and the characters travel through time, their lives intertwining with each other at various stages of their lives With that many characters living in and traveling through various time periods, I do not know how the Author kept track of things It is impressive I was initially a little confused, but my advice is stick with it, because it does all make sense I believe regular readers of science fiction and or time travel books will not experience the initial confusion that I experienced Plus, once I got the rhythm and the characters down, the time traveling was no longer an issue The second half of the book was a faster read for me, mainly as I had a few things down figured out and I was invested in learning the identity of the dead woman.This book tackles very reverent issues while exploring time travel This book is a marriage of science fiction, mystery and romance This book also has a diverse cast of characters who are dealing with thought provoking issues such as bullying, sexuality, love, loss, death, mental health issues, aging, and the choices we make The plot is multi layered and extremely well thought out Highly original and creative.Thank you to Sarah at Crooked Lane Books and the Traveling Sisters who gave me the opportunity to read this book The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.Read of my reviews at openbookpost flag 111 likesLike see review View all 30 comments Sep 08, 2018 Melissa Mel s Bookshelf rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves publisher harper collins aus, netgalley, adventure, time travel Time travel books are generally hit or miss with me Some of my favourite and LEAST favourite books cough Outlander Cough are time travel related I really enjoy the concept and find it really clever how some authors navigate it I really enjoyed this one It was different to anything I have read before, and confused me at times But at the same time I enjoyed it immensely the 1960 s, four women invent a time travel machine The world is their oyster But one of them suffers a mental Time travel books are generally hit or miss with me Some of my favourite and LEAST favourite books cough Outlander Cough are time travel related I really enjoy the concept and find it really clever how some authors navigate it I really enjoyed this one It was different to anything I have read before, and confused me at times But at the same time I enjoyed it immensely the 1960 s, four women invent a time travel machine The world is their oyster But one of them suffers a mental breakdown Years later, her granddaughter receives a note from the future about the death of an elderly lady Is it her grandmother How can she stop it Such an original book Granted, I haven t read THAT many time travel books, but this one took me by surprise how unique it was Not just the subject matter but the tone and atmosphere of the novel It was quite well imagined.I thought it was so much fun how time travel worked Those who worked at the conclave could travel back or forward in time constantly At any time there could be multiple versions of the same person walking around, interacting with loved ones, reliving important events in their lives Every traveller knew when they were going to die, when their loved ones are going to die There is no fate any They become desensitised to it So fascinating to think about I loved the little world that she created No one blinked an eye to see a future self walking around And it made the murder investigation all the interesting The characters were all great, and they were really complex because of the time travel The characters weren t the same over the years and they were able to reflect on the differences between their former future selves It was quite mind blowing It did get a touch confusing at times for the reader, navigating through the years and keeping up with what was going on and at what different time Although there were only a few set times so it wasn t too difficult to grasp thankfully.Some of the stuff she came up with was just so unusual and unexpected I really hope she continues with this time travel theme in some future novels I also wonder what else she can come up with I will absolutely keep a look out Would I recommend The Psychology of Time Travel I thought it was a lot of fun A very interesting and unique read Many thanks to Harper Collins Australia via Netgalley for a copy of The Psychology of Time Travel for me to review.For reviews check out my BlogFacebookTwitterInstagram flag 73 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Nov 29, 2018 James rated it really liked it Shelves 1 fiction, 2 fic fantasy and scifi, 7 arc giveaway won, 9 read 2018 11 november Time travel is a complex subject From my childhood days of reading The Time Machine by H G Wells and watching the movie Back to the Future to my adulthood escapes into devouring several new books about the topic, it s been prevalent all my life Often the theme focuses on what would you change about the past and what happens if you alter reality While those ideas are covered in Mascarenhas novel, the Psychology of Time Travel also focuses on exactly what the title implies the psy Time travel is a complex subject From my childhood days of reading The Time Machine by H G Wells and watching the movie Back to the Future to my adulthood escapes into devouring several new books about the topic, it s been prevalent all my life Often the theme focuses on what would you change about the past and what happens if you alter reality While those ideas are covered in Mascarenhas novel, the Psychology of Time Travel also focuses on exactly what the title implies the psychological and physical impacts on people who have traveled through time It s a fascinating topic handled quite adeptly and set against a backdrop of drama in which readers learn very early on, someone has been murdered yet we don t know who it is I ll say from the beginning, I enjoyed this story immensely but I also recognized it s not the kind of book where you ll understand everything all in one read Perhaps I m not smart enough, but there were so many moments where I found myself trying to determine exactly what could ve happened to lead to the woman s death As the layers of this onion peeled away, scenes from a seventy year period became clues about the murder But the part that keeps you analyzing every little aspect of the story is not only 1 who is the woman, but 2 what time period is she from That s what makes it such a clever and intriguing story At several points in the book, characters meet themselves in different decades of their lives, and they also live exclusively in another decade rather than the one they should be living in So if you re smart and intuitive, you ll be totally enthralled no matter what If you re like me whatever that means , forget some of those boundaries and rules and enjoy the novel as a thoroughly wonderful mystery and a discovery of how people change throughout time.One of the best parts of the book is the connection I felt with most of the characters Whether it was the girl who found the body in a museum where she worked, or the determination of a scientist who had a bit of a breakdown trying to force her way back into the time travel program, Mascarenhas offers heavy emotions and painful actions to depict all the ways someone can be hurt How can one woman be so cold to turn her back on a friend just because it might hurt the time travel program How can another sabotage science for personal gain Do you let someone do something you fear just because you know they ll be hurt even if they don t The book tosses out questions than answers at times, but honestly some of those answers are probably up to interpretation by a reader and each individual personality This is where the psychological aspects come into play We re all going to read this book differently because we all identify with life experiences differently.As a mystery, it s non traditional An amateur sleuth or a detective is not trying to solve the murder this approach is not the forefront of the story The answers unfold as we see what happens over time to several characters who ask questions in different time periods It s a cool concept, and it helps the author focus on many other brilliant parts of these women s lives For example, romance a girl falls in love with one of these women, but they re nearly 40 years apart in age except when you travel to different time periods, that s no longer true Another example, a woman yearns to help those who are being hurt by time travel, but she doesn t know how to fix it other than do something illegal In time, we see how all these events are connected and encourage the dramatic standoff that leads to someone s death.The writing is great The characters are all flawed but you root for them even when they do something wrong Well maybe not one of them who just irritated me non stop once I learned she wasn t as nice as she appeared to be A villain is necessary, so it s not anything negative about the book It s actually something well done by Mascarenhas because you love to hate this woman I wanted to shake her until the truth came out It s fantastic when a writer can evoke such emotion from a reader All this said, I end up giving the book 4.25 stars So much of it was beautiful and engaging A few parts were overly complex and left out a few things that might have made the whole story even connected and immersive I d definitely read future works from the author flag 64 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 28, 2018 Mackenzie PhDiva Books rated it it was amazing Shelves mystery, psychology, traveling sisters We are wrapping up 2018 soon and beginning a new year full of new books In the spirit of thinking about time, I want to give a little teaser of a book I read and loved in 2018 but that publishes in February of 2019 The Psychology of Time Travel by the incredible Kate Mascarenhas This book completely captivated me, and I m actually on a second reading of it because I loved it SO much On my second reading, I m picking up on so many wonderful clues and moments that weave together and delight We are wrapping up 2018 soon and beginning a new year full of new books In the spirit of thinking about time, I want to give a little teaser of a book I read and loved in 2018 but that publishes in February of 2019 The Psychology of Time Travel by the incredible Kate Mascarenhas This book completely captivated me, and I m actually on a second reading of it because I loved it SO much On my second reading, I m picking up on so many wonderful clues and moments that weave together and delight me even now that I can place them in the context of the full novel This is a book that should be read many times the best kind of book in my opinion I ll post a full review closer to the US publication date in February, but I can t help but want to share some early thoughts and hopefully convince a few readers to give this book a try See my blog post on PhDiva ReflectionIntelligent, intricate, delicate, and captivating I am so in love with this novel This is so much than a mystery that involves time travel To me, this is a book about the implications of being the first to do something groundbreaking, and about how different people react to power Because in a way, time travel is power What is at the core of each of us as humans Would we all succumb to the mental and emotional impact that time travel has At what point do we lose point of what makes us humans, who love and feel emotions, and experience highs and lows I love the way Mascarenhas delves into the implications of this scientific break through There needs to be laws and codes on conduct, and there needs to be research into the impact on the human body and mind by unleashing this breakthrough How do we determine who is best suited to hold this privilege As a psychologist myself, the characters and how they develop throughout the novel were truly the best part And by the end I found myself in awe of the way everything was tied together There wasn t a single character, story, or moment that went unaccounted for A masterpiece I can t wait to post my full review in 2019 Thank you to Crooked Lane Books for my copy to read and review I first read this with the Traveling Sisters flag 61 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Dec 29, 2018 Phrynne rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 5000 books I was actually intending to let this one pass me by the title did not grab me and I have so many other books waiting However a combination of the reviews and the fact that it was available on Netgalley made me decide to read it and I am so glad I did.It is a story about four women who invented a time machine and what happened to them and their invention once it became public property More importantly the book focuses on the people involved and how they were impacted by this remarkable achiev I was actually intending to let this one pass me by the title did not grab me and I have so many other books waiting However a combination of the reviews and the fact that it was available on Netgalley made me decide to read it and I am so glad I did.It is a story about four women who invented a time machine and what happened to them and their invention once it became public property More importantly the book focuses on the people involved and how they were impacted by this remarkable achievement Some of the generally accepted rules of time travel are used and some are just tossed out of the window Not interacting with ones former and future selves is an example In this book people seek themselves out, revisit and attend past events such as weddings and births and some even live most of the time in the wrong decade It is fascinating but I found it best not to dwell on the science of the thing just take it as it comes and it is great There is even a Sherlock Holmes style murder mystery involving a corpse and a locked room locked from the inside of course This was fun but I failed to follow the rationale Doesn t matter It was still a great story At the start of this review I gave the book 4 stars but I have talked myself into 5 It really was very entertaining.Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book flag 62 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Oct 19, 2018 Brenda Traveling Sister rated it really liked it review of another edition The Traveling Sisters stepped out of their comfort zones a little bit here when we were invited to read and review The Psychology of Time Travel as it isn t a genre that some of us normally would read However, all of us who participated in this group read really loved the opportunity to try something different than we normally would pick up to read That is part of what makes our group reads so interesting and exciting and we are grateful for when these types of group reads come available to us The Traveling Sisters stepped out of their comfort zones a little bit here when we were invited to read and review The Psychology of Time Travel as it isn t a genre that some of us normally would read However, all of us who participated in this group read really loved the opportunity to try something different than we normally would pick up to read That is part of what makes our group reads so interesting and exciting and we are grateful for when these types of group reads come available to us We don t need to love every book to have a great reading experience and this was one of those great experiences for us all.The Psychology of Time Travel is a complex, heavy, complicated and unique story that explores time travel and the impact it has on the time traveler s mentality The story has a twist here with a whodunit and a mystery element to it You need to pay close attention to the alternating timelines and perspectives as things can get a bit confusing keeping track of all that is going on in the different and diverse storylines.The characters here in this story are some of the most unique, diverse and interesting characters I have come across in a story Each character adds a layer to the story and another piece of the story is explored with each character.There was much to discuss with this one and one thing for sure, this is a great one to discuss whether it worked for you or not It s a thought provoking story that opens up a lot of questions to explore in a discussion.We highly recommend for readers who like a complex and intelligent well layered story who might like to dig deep into some of the effects of time travel with some complex layers to it.For thoughts from the Traveling Sisters flag 57 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Jan 27, 2019 Jennifer TarHeelReader rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 reads, arcs, hard soft copy Unexpectedly emotional This is a challenging review to write because The Psychology of Time Travel is a difficult book to describe It s so many things, wonderful things, and I m going to do my best to capture it all Four female scientists build the first time machine in 1967 When the machine is about to make its world wide debut, one of the scientists is removed from the team because of significant emotional difficulties This was done to protect the debut Over fifty years later, the Unexpectedly emotional This is a challenging review to write because The Psychology of Time Travel is a difficult book to describe It s so many things, wonderful things, and I m going to do my best to capture it all Four female scientists build the first time machine in 1967 When the machine is about to make its world wide debut, one of the scientists is removed from the team because of significant emotional difficulties This was done to protect the debut Over fifty years later, the world is a different Time travel is commonplace and a huge moneymaker Ruby knows her grandmother was one of the inventors of time travel, and she receives a newspaper clipping from the future reporting the murder of an unidentified woman Could it be her grandmother and why And thanks to time travel, can Ruby save her The Psychology of Time Travel requires your full concentration as a reader It s complex and sometimes complicated There are many characters, issues, and genres to figure out But at its core, The Psychology of Time Travel is a beautiful story One that resonates and is powerful all thanks to the time travel elements Mascarenhas has plotted this multi layered work with precision You can feel her love and reverence for the subject matter with every page While not my typical read, I m grateful I spent the time with this one Overall, I found it engaging, entertaining, and unexpectedly emotional Thanks to Crooked Lane Books for the complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog jennifertarheelreader flag 54 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Kara Hansen Great review, Jennifer Sounds like an interesting book Jan 28, 2019 05 22AM Nazanin Wonderful review, Jennifer Glad you enjoyed this emotional read Jan 28, 2019 09 46AM Aug 24, 2018 Ivana Diary of Difference rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves ebook, owned, arcs 2019, read in 2018, netgalley Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest I love the idea of time travelling and I love the idea of time travelling books That is the main reason why I chose to read this ARC copy The synopsis sounded intriguing, and the cover was gorgeous I don t have much experience reading time travelling books I still believe the synopsis is intriguing and the cover is gorgeous, but I am not satisfied with the feelings this book left me, after I read the last chapter. The story begins when four Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest I love the idea of time travelling and I love the idea of time travelling books That is the main reason why I chose to read this ARC copy The synopsis sounded intriguing, and the cover was gorgeous I don t have much experience reading time travelling books I still believe the synopsis is intriguing and the cover is gorgeous, but I am not satisfied with the feelings this book left me, after I read the last chapter. The story begins when four ladies in the early 1960s work together and build the first time travel machine And they are surrounded by curious people and media, and one of them has a breakdown and is expelled from the project, as she is a risk to herself and others But they don t just exclude her from their project, but from their whole lives, and time travelling altogether Sometimes we want proximity and a crowd gives us the excuse And many years after, when time travelling is something everyone knows about, secrets start to be revealed, little by little, and a murder happens without explanation A few young women, completely unrelated and with different missions will try to get their way into the whole time travel business, and try to figure the answers to their questions In The Psychology of Time Travel, one is certain you will flow through time and places like never before One chapter it s 1967, and the next one, it s 2015 You will meet a lady and her young self, her old self, and her current self, all at one place, talking to each other, or simultaneously performing a dancing act You will get to see a world very well created, a complex structure of how time travel might work, and details that you wouldn t thought of checking twice. I couldn t connect to any character Maybe there were too many The chapters were very short, and they travelled through years so quickly, that I couldn t catch up Catching up with the plot of a book, and figuring out what is going on while being presented things so fast is very frustrating It s like watching a movie in a foreign language, the subtitles being your only way of gathering information, and they disappear instantly, without you having a chance to understand.The romance in this book was another thing that bothered me While we get a lot of romantic relationships going around, one particularly threw me off my feet A love story where one girl is in love with another This is the completely realistic part But the unrealistic one was that one girl lives in the present, and the other is a time traveller in the past so even though they are currently technically the same age, in reality one is in the mid 20s, and the other in the mid 80s I couldn t process this, or agree with it You couldn t get involved with someone who spent most of their life in a different time period from you I am sure I would have loved the characters, have I had chances to get to know them They showed signs of bravery, and goals and hopes for a better tomorrow, with a spark unlike any others But it all lasted so short, before we switched to another character, and so on Even though this one didn t work for me I still encourage you to give it a go, if you are a fan of time travel The idea of time travelling is very well done, and deserves to be discussed. A huge thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books, for providing me an ARC copy of The Psychology of Time Travel in exchange for an honest review.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest flag 53 likesLike see review Nov 23, 2018 Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 shelf, sci fi There have been a lot of time travel books Like A LOT But few deal quite this directly with the secondary effects of a lot of movement through time This one does.The title is entirely accurate but it is NOT a DSM listing Rather, it s part a worldbuilding exercise where madness, murder, and mayhem is realistically unfolded in the reality of knowing Time This is not a universe where paradoxes happen This is unmovable Time The institute can set up trade agreements between time periods and a There have been a lot of time travel books Like A LOT But few deal quite this directly with the secondary effects of a lot of movement through time This one does.The title is entirely accurate but it is NOT a DSM listing Rather, it s part a worldbuilding exercise where madness, murder, and mayhem is realistically unfolded in the reality of knowing Time This is not a universe where paradoxes happen This is unmovable Time The institute can set up trade agreements between time periods and a timeless economy can flourish, paying taxes during whatever time period is most favorable But better than that, everyone in the department knows when they die and prospective partners engrave their births and deaths on their rings Isn t that messed up Well, not really People still do their willfully ignorant things, play around with time, get revenge for slights and wrongs, murder, investigate murders, and while there is no prevention, at least there is Understanding I like this best about the novel, but a good runner up aspect is the fact that most of the characters are women of all qualities Sure, there s plenty of questionable mating practices among both sexes, using foreknowledge to mess with or cheat on or seduce when there might never have been any chance at seduction.And yet, the question is something odd, since All Things Are Set In Stone.What happens with people s minds when that point is driven home It s almost theological Or rather, future time travelers already go there Well worth the read Complex, great characters, and even better forethought here flag 46 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 21, 2019 Scarlett Readz and Runz.Through Novel Time Distance rated it liked it Russian roulette, secrets, time travel Multi dimensional with layers upon layersThis book is very different from any of the other time travel books I have ever read before Where most other books focus on the journey, destination, places or the life forms encountered, this book has a central focus on the women that invented time travel in 1967, their families and lives that surround the successes and the repercussions from instituted time travel As one woman receives a paper note that predi Russian roulette, secrets, time travel Multi dimensional with layers upon layersThis book is very different from any of the other time travel books I have ever read before Where most other books focus on the journey, destination, places or the life forms encountered, this book has a central focus on the women that invented time travel in 1967, their families and lives that surround the successes and the repercussions from instituted time travel As one woman receives a paper note that predicts her death, there is a murder mystery shrouded within the Psychology of Time Travel Four Women will invent time travel Three will make their mark on history.Two will do anything to be remembered One will not survive The novel opens with 4 scientists working on their time travel project and they receive a parcel of rabbits to send the first organic matter through time From there it proceeds to tell in different timelines what happens after their success and failures One of the scientists becomes affected psychologically by time travel and future recruitment measures to the Conclave are put in place by evaluating time traveler s psyches with better questionnaires The women s personal lives and relationships are hopped in and out of in different segments at the time, giving the reader an idea of internal workings like happiness or depression An unhappy marriage, infidelity and initiation rituals of new time travel recruits all play a role on how the plot unfolds to a twisted conclusion at the end and the one woman who tirelessly tries to solve a murder This novel is very unique and a brilliant mess With interludes and layers upon layers the plot unfolds sometimes out of context only to bring it in at the end It lends to a very different reading experience as at times it seems in cohesive, yet the intricacies are brilliant The Psychology of Time Travel is one of those books you may want to take notes with to understand everything that is going on Both writing and plot are unique and special and I am glad I had the chance to read it Thank you to Crooked Lane Books for my advanced reader copy All opinions are my own flag 41 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Aug 12, 2018 Lou rated it really liked it review of another edition The Psychology of Time Travel is Kate Mascarenhas exciting debut and mixes a variety of genres in a special way Part mystery, part thriller, part science fiction, this novel has a little something for everyone within it It also boldly explores difficult but important themes and is an absolute pleasure to read.The story begins with the introduction of four incredible female scientists Barbara, Margaret, Estelle and Grace who are on the verge of inventing a time travel machine Unfortunate The Psychology of Time Travel is Kate Mascarenhas exciting debut and mixes a variety of genres in a special way Part mystery, part thriller, part science fiction, this novel has a little something for everyone within it It also boldly explores difficult but important themes and is an absolute pleasure to read.The story begins with the introduction of four incredible female scientists Barbara, Margaret, Estelle and Grace who are on the verge of inventing a time travel machine Unfortunately, just before they are to debut their creation Barbara suffers a nervous breakdown live on TV and as a result she is ejected from the project The others decide to create the Conclave, an institution aiming to monopolise the time travel industry In 2017, Barbara and her granddaughter, Ruby, are given evidence of a death the following year which is linked to the Conclave and Barbara questions whether she should give in to her cravings to time travel for the last time In 2018, Odette happens upon a horrendous scene and a body She resolves to investigate the who, how and why of the situation.There are many different strands to the story and it jumps back and forth in time with the various elements of the plot I was rather worried that I would be confused by the intertwining stories and rapidly changing times but for the most part it was simple to follow At its heart this is feminist fiction with few male characters and a particular focuson the strength and intellectual capacity of the women involved To say the plot is busy and action packed is an understatement, as the author also discusses weighty and thought provoking topics such as mental health, psychology, OCD, anxiety, love and death, to name but a few, and explores all of this within the time travelling context Superbly written with a whole cast of characters that are developed sufficiently, and a complex, well thought out plot that holds your attention but challenges you too.All in all, this is a highly original take on time travel with a wide range of important topical issues playing a part There are some people who would say that this suffers from a mistake debut author s often make cramming too much into the plot making it too complex and overcomplicated in the process and I can see why If you can keep up though you ll thoroughly enjoy it and find it a rewarding experience as I did.Many thanks to Head of Zeus for an ARC I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own flag 39 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Aug 08, 2018 Kate rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favourites read in 2018, out in 2018 and read A glorious, beautifully crafted novel that treats the theme of time travel in such an original way no concerns here about meeting your future self or selves Clever and quite complex but also full of heart There s a lot to say about this wonderful, memorable novel and the women in it review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights once I ve had time to sit and think on it A contender for my book of the year flag 26 likesLike see review Oct 13, 2018 Amanda Mrs Bs Book Reviews rated it liked it Shelves 2018 books, beauty lace book club was sold on The Psychology of Time Travel, just based on the intriguing title choice and front cover The front cover is quite deceiving, it features a stitched set of motifs, almost cosy in nature This is quite a facade, as beneath this novel lies a complex exploration of time travel The Psychology of Time Travel is aptly titled, this debut novel offers up one of the most in depth and alternative investigations of time travel I have encountered The Psy was sold on The Psychology of Time Travel, just based on the intriguing title choice and front cover The front cover is quite deceiving, it features a stitched set of motifs, almost cosy in nature This is quite a facade, as beneath this novel lies a complex exploration of time travel The Psychology of Time Travel is aptly titled, this debut novel offers up one of the most in depth and alternative investigations of time travel I have encountered The Psychology of Time Travel carefully focuses on the mental health and psychology of those who are involved in this unfathomable concept.It was with some trepidation that I went into The Psychology of Time Travel Although I am a great fan of the Back to the Future who isn t film series, I wasn t a fan of The Time Traveler s Wife In addition, a recent novel I read this year for book club that was based on time travel proved to be too much of challenge for me Anyhow, I digress, I tried very hard to go into the reading experience of The Psychology of Time Travel with an open mind I did appreciate many elements of this novel, the transcendence aspect blew my mind, along with the pioneering work of this brave group of intelligent women However, I encountered my usual problem with time travel books, the non linear narrative irked me, I did get confused despite the helpful chapter headings and this ultimately impacted my overall response to the novel.For those with an open mind and an ability to gain the upper hand over multiple time zones, this book will dazzle you For a debut novel, I am particularly impressed by Kate Mascarenhas s willingness to compose of novel of this magnitude, she is highly ambitious and kudos to her I also appreciated the feminist slant of this novel, it isn t your face, it is subtle but I liked this focus, it is a great nod to the novel and film Hidden Figures What also worked in this novel were the wide range of overarching issues covered from the justice system, discrimination, family dynamics, moral codes, mental health, friendships, relationships and so much The book also carefully begs the reader to place themselves in the position of the female scientists in this story and consider how they would react to being placed in this strange set of events So much food for thought As a bonus, not only is this an analysis of the work and impact of time travel has on small group of women, The Psychology of Time Travel is also a murder mystery with a difference With factors such as different time zones and possible suspects from the past and future thrown into the mix, this intriguing aspect of the story remains quite ambiguous until the close Be rest assured, the final few pages are fascinating and it is pleasing to see how Mascarenhas handles the resolution of the murder mystery I think readers who have invested their time in this novel, will be satisfied by the close of the book.So despite some reservations and personal difficulties with the structure of the narrative, I did enjoy many elements of The Psychology of Time Travel, it proved to be a revolutionary read Based on the visionary approach of this debut, I am very keen to see what the author, Kate Mascarenhas, serves up next I m sure it will be just as innovative as this one Please note that a free copy of this book was provided to me for review purposes through Beauty Lace and Harper Collins Books Australia To read the original review on the Beauty Lace website please visit here flag 23 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 24, 2018 Cathy rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves advance review copy, arc august, contemporary fiction, mystery, publisher review copies, science fiction At one point in the novel, one of the characters observes that a characteristic of experienced time travellers is that they generally have a weird hippocampus Having now read the book, I feel I can definitely identify with this and goodness knows what the author s hippocampus looks like As it happens, during the time I was reading the book I had to undergo an MRI brain scan In my imagination, the radiographer is now looking at the scan and thinking, WTF There are so many intersect At one point in the novel, one of the characters observes that a characteristic of experienced time travellers is that they generally have a weird hippocampus Having now read the book, I feel I can definitely identify with this and goodness knows what the author s hippocampus looks like As it happens, during the time I was reading the book I had to undergo an MRI brain scan In my imagination, the radiographer is now looking at the scan and thinking, WTF There are so many intersecting story lines and switches of time period in The Psychology of Time Travel that I can t imagine how the author kept track of everything I picture her surrounded by post it notes, whiteboards, flowcharts The Psychology of Time Travel is definitely a contender for a read in one sitting book Once you pick it up, you may just decide to cancel all your plans for that morning, afternoon or evening In fact, to save you the trouble of making the decision, I took a quick trip to the future myself and I can reassure you that reading the book will turn out to be much satisfying that what you intended doing anyway And, by the way, Jaroslav says Hi Oh, I forget, you haven t met him yet, have you Plus that new recipe you were planning to try later Don t bother it doesn t work out too well.I said earlier that my proof copy was personally inscribed by the author I had the uncanny sense when I finished the book that if I turned back to that page, rather than Hope you enjoy it , it would now read Glad you enjoyed it.A sort of modern day version, for grown ups, of John Masefield s The Box of Delights, Kate Mascarenhas debut novel is a clever, funny, exhilarating, mind bending mystery that deserves all the rave reviews it is getting This is an author to look out for in the future See what I did there I received a review copy courtesy of publishers, Head of Zeus, in return for an honest and unbiased review flag 21 likesLike see review View 1 comment Sep 22, 2018 Lindsay Traveling Sister rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves traveling sister read 2.5 stars flag 22 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Aug 08, 2018 Blair rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 release, netgalley, past and present, sff, read on kindle, first novels The Psychology of Time Travel presents an alternate version of recent history that is captivating from the first page In 1967, time travel is invented by a team of four female scientists Margaret, Lucille, Grace and Barbara, or, as they re often known, the pioneers However, the process has a destabilising effect on Barbara she has a bizarre public outburst when the group present their research to the media, and is thereafter admitted to a psychiatric ward Excommunicated by the pioneers The Psychology of Time Travel presents an alternate version of recent history that is captivating from the first page In 1967, time travel is invented by a team of four female scientists Margaret, Lucille, Grace and Barbara, or, as they re often known, the pioneers However, the process has a destabilising effect on Barbara she has a bizarre public outburst when the group present their research to the media, and is thereafter admitted to a psychiatric ward Excommunicated by the pioneers at the insistence of Margaret, their queen bee , she is largely excised from the history of time travel The others go on to great success, forming a powerful organisation known as the Conclave to facilitate and control the use of time machines.It s not easy to summarise the plot from then on, as it skips between time periods and characters, and becomes rather complex the interweaving of timelines makes The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle look like child s play Ruby, Barbara s granddaughter, is the closest thing the book has to a protagonist In 2017, she receives a cryptic message from the future the death certificate of a woman in her eighties, dated to January 2018, with the name left blank Convinced this is a warning of Barbara s impending death, she quietly begins to investigate the workings of the secretive Conclave In 2018 there is Odette, a museum volunteer seemingly unconnected to the others who finds the body of an unidentified woman in a boiler room This room has been locked from the inside the victim was shot several times, but no gun can be found So, as well as a story about, well, psychology and time travel, this novel becomes a murder mystery.I loved that The Psychology of Time Travel is so joyfully female focused without slipping towards the dreaded feminist dystopia genre I ve begun to find so tedious It prioritises female relationships the professional alliance formed by the pioneers is crucial, as is Ruby s bond with her grandmother, and the central romance is between two women The women in this book don t always do very well at being leaders or partners or mothers they re imperfect, and sometimes they re downright awful All this is achieved without the narrative coming off as sanctimonious, without disparaging male characters, and while embracing diversity in surprising ways.My one complaint would be that in one of the antagonists we have that hoary old cliche the woman whose life is empty because she is unmarried and childless, and must therefore go around making life miserable for others This book is better than that, and I wish there d been room to explore this particular character s motives beyond such a crude explanation.The worldbuilding is extremely complex, since the book must establish not only a broad cast of characters but the science behind time travel how it is governed and regulated how time travellers interact with their older and younger selves and family members the time travellers initiation rituals, habits and slang There s simply so much going on, and consequently, events towards the end feel a little rushed and lacking in detail In some ways it seems unfinished But that could be intentional perhaps Mascarenhas intends to turn this into a series If there is another book about this world and these characters, I will read it The Psychology of Time Travel is rich, convincing and, above all, fun.I received an advance review copy of The Psychology of Time Travel from the publisher through NetGalley.TinyLetter Twitter Instagram Tumblr flag 25 likesLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Jennifer Gaarder rated it liked it Read my reviews at jenchaosreviewsThe Psychology Of Time TravelCrooked Lane Books, Future Publishing Date February 19, 2019 ARC 372 Pages, Kindle Edition This was provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane books as an ARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.From A time travel murder mystery from a brilliantly original new voice Perfect for readers of Naomi Alderman s The Power and Emily St John Mandel s Station Eleven.1967Four female scientists invent a time travel ma Read my reviews at jenchaosreviewsThe Psychology Of Time TravelCrooked Lane Books, Future Publishing Date February 19, 2019 ARC 372 Pages, Kindle Edition This was provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane books as an ARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.From A time travel murder mystery from a brilliantly original new voice Perfect for readers of Naomi Alderman s The Power and Emily St John Mandel s Station Eleven.1967Four female scientists invent a time travel machine They are on the cusp of fame the pioneers who opened the world to new possibilities But then one of them suffers a breakdown and puts the whole project in peril2017Ruby knows her beloved Granny Bee was a pioneer, but they never talk about the past Though time travel is now big business, Bee has never been part of it Then they receive a message from the future a newspaper clipping reporting the mysterious death of an elderly lady2018When Odette discovered the body, she went into shock Blood everywhere, bullet wounds, that strong reek of sulfur But when the inquest fails to find any answers, she is frustrated Who is this dead woman that haunts her dreams And why is everyone determined to cover up her murder Review This is a hard one for me to review I received an ARC from NetGalley in hopes that I would be able to read this without any problems However, the copy I received was nothing than a mess of a manuscript This was distracting and difficult to read However, the story was exciting and the writing, despite the lack of editing, was not too bad.So I persevered.The four women were knowledgeable and in the time of the 60s were very innovative To invent the working time machine, it took talents from many different disciplines One woman, however, had what seemed, underlying psychological problems that time travel aggravated Going psychotic and being hospitalized, she was ousted by her team and forgotten This led to some sadness and of course, a yearning to time travel again, even 50 years after the fact regardless of the consequences to her health and mental well being.Barbara, also known as Granny Bee to Ruby the granddaughter, was a gentle and kind woman that had a history shrouded in mystery Opening a letter that she had forgotten about, she is warned of a future death of persons unknown This is present day mind you, and Ruby is, of course quite interested Fast forward a few months, and we find a murder mystery at a toy museum A girl named Odette discovered a woman, shot to death in a storage room.The story takes off from there Ruby inserts herself somehow into this mysterious death with the question of is this Granny Bee of course this story drags on, and there are many inquiries made.Is this story confusing At times it can be As with all time travel books, there are alternate timelines to pay attention to as well as a few POV.Here is why I rated it three stars instead of a 4 or 5 While the writing was not bad exactly, it was not the best I felt it was short, sweet and to the point The narrative switched between dialogue abruptly, and there were few smooth transitions No real character development would allow me actually to connect to anyone in the book This made reading the book harder than it should have been However, I felt for the one person who had the mental health issue, even though she was two dimensional.Now, this was not a well edited copy I received I would gather many of my complaints were common complaints These were coming from me and possibly editors and other reviewers The content and writing could have been altered for the final release in February of 2019 I downloaded this book in August of 2018, so anything could have happened between then and now I tried to download another copy, hoping for something cleaner and got the same thing.My rating stands on the copy from NetGalley alone I can read the released book after February and see if anything is different and adjust my score accordingly to be fair.Writing As I stated before, the writing was short and to the point While this may work in article writing, it is difficult to enjoy in a novel I had difficulty with this, and I see, as I read some other reviews on , I am alone in this manner I find that writing a story of time travel, immortality or time of any kind requires a bit of finesse to make it less confusing This story was a little complicated because of the writing style.Plot While I read this, I immediately sought the main plot It seemed evident from the 20% mark, and some subplots were there as well As I continued, I felt that the story carried the plot well and did not for a second make me believe the subplots were in anyway unrelated This was well put together in a structural sense The ending was not predictable nor was it as abrupt as I had anticipated.What I Liked The evolution of the time travel device and the technology that went with it over the decades was most interesting to me Of course with me being a science nerd, this would be it The sixties invited the technology altogether the years fine tuned it I also liked how the author touched on how the time traveling affected those who did the traveling and how they started to view mortality as a whole.What I Didn t Like I thought the book lacked passion The kind of thing that would put a reader at the edge of their seat It was reading a story for the story and felt no drama, no passion and certainly no emotion There seemed to be a disconnect.Overall Impression All opinions about the copy itself aside, the story itself is a good one and filled with just the right amount of mystery and science that will be entertaining to anyone who is a sci fi fan I would recommend this book as a finished copy to someone who likes future technology, science fiction and indeed, time travel flag 18 likesLike see review View 1 comment Sep 20, 2018 Evelina AvalinahsBooks rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves arcs or review copies, books of 2018, could not finish, edelweiss, fiction, human relationships tbr, sci fi, society tbr, women tbr, time tbr DNF 60%The separate ingredients of this book were great the diversity, the mystery, the premise of time travel and even the world building But I failed to fall in love with the book It s hard to say why for me, it s the characters that make a book And characters are not the strength of The Psychology of Time Travel It centers on the story and only the story, it has a lot of characters and you don t get to know any of them well enough The thing that bothered me the most was that the ini DNF 60%The separate ingredients of this book were great the diversity, the mystery, the premise of time travel and even the world building But I failed to fall in love with the book It s hard to say why for me, it s the characters that make a book And characters are not the strength of The Psychology of Time Travel It centers on the story and only the story, it has a lot of characters and you don t get to know any of them well enough The thing that bothered me the most was that the initial story that everything is built upon introduces you to four core characters and tells about the whole incident in a matter of pages, and then skips years ahead That came off as really flat for me and I was disappointed in the book from the very first pages It was very hard to let go of this feeling when reading on I tried, but like I said, I failed to fall in love with this story.The society of time travelers called the conclave is a truly interesting concept though, and it s all explained quite well The world building is also very detailed, and I honestly can t criticize But maybe I wasn t the best candidate for reading about it The conclave has draconian laws, basically It functions like a Spartan society where any weakness to do with mental health is a ticket out with no contesting it Read if you experience emotional turmoil, you re out of your lifelong job and there s nobody to defend you The discrimination is what half of this book is about It is criticized, but it didn t make for pleasant reading nonetheless If you ve ever experienced mental health problems and most of us have , you might feel bad reading this, and you might feel anger I ducked out after a character was bullied over having suffered a mental breakdown years and years back It was too much.I think I have not talked enough about the diversity this aspect is truly great Queer characters, racial minorities I have nothing to comment apart from that that bit of the book is very well intentioned and it s wonderful they re being given a voice even the author s letter of the start of the book stated that this was the main purpose of this story That purpose has been achieved.Triggers discrimination and bullying about mental health issues murder and gore violence indifference.I thank the publisher for giving me a free copy in exchange for my honest review This has not affected my opinion.More Bookish Talk on my Blog My Bookstagram Bookish Twitter flag 18 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 18, 2018 Marianne rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves borrowed copy returned The Psychology of Time Travel is the first novel by British psychologist, copywriter, bookbinder, doll s house maker and author, Kate Mascarenhas It s 1967 and Barbara, Grace, Margaret and Lucille are pioneers, building a time machine Successfully, because these are smart ladies with backgrounds in nuclear fission, cosmology, thermodynamics, and radio waves But one of their number is adversely affected by their time travels, and is banished from further research.In mid 2017, psychologist Ruby The Psychology of Time Travel is the first novel by British psychologist, copywriter, bookbinder, doll s house maker and author, Kate Mascarenhas It s 1967 and Barbara, Grace, Margaret and Lucille are pioneers, building a time machine Successfully, because these are smart ladies with backgrounds in nuclear fission, cosmology, thermodynamics, and radio waves But one of their number is adversely affected by their time travels, and is banished from further research.In mid 2017, psychologist Ruby Rebello is visiting her Grandma Barbara when an anonymous note, folded into an origami rabbit, arrives The note announces an inquest, in February 2018, into the death of an elderly lady, identity unknown Barbara immediately recognises it as a message from one of the pioneering time travel team, from whom she has been estranged for some five decades Ruby has been warned not to mention her grandmother s time travel, but now Barbara shares her story.In early 2018, University student Odette Sophola discovers a dead body in a locked room in the basement of a toy museum It looks like murder, but the door was bolted from inside Deeply affected by it all, she attends the inquest and is frustrated by the open finding Despite some effective counselling, she can t let it go, and is determined to solve this puzzling case Mascarenhas easily evokes her settings and time periods, and her characters are believable mostly appealing for all their faults and flaws, or suitably repugnant when required Her world building is subtly achieved without any boring information dumps.A novel about time travel can be expected to jump around in time and, while there is potential for confusion, each chapter is clearly marked with the month and year, as well as the narrative perspective, so as long as the reader pays attention to this, uncertainty is minimal As well as a time travel story, Mascarenhas gives the reader an excellent closed room murder mystery She also explores the spectrum of mental illnesses that may be exacerbated by time travel, and how these manifest attitudes to death, in particular, are interesting , the plasticity of memory, the toxic effects of unopposed power, and the tacit approval of hazing that may exist in a large organisation This is a fascinating and thought provoking debut novel Mascarenhas is an author to watch flag 15 likesLike see review May 17, 2018 Latkins rated it really liked it review of another edition This is a brilliant novel which combines a time travelling tale with a mystery and a story about families mothers and daughters, lovers and spouses, friends and foes In this world, time travel was invented in 1967 by four female scientists Soon the Conclave was set up a clichey time travelling organisation with its own rules and laws, and a staff who can travel back and forth in time, but only in the period when time travel exists they can t go back any further than 1967 Also, there a This is a brilliant novel which combines a time travelling tale with a mystery and a story about families mothers and daughters, lovers and spouses, friends and foes In this world, time travel was invented in 1967 by four female scientists Soon the Conclave was set up a clichey time travelling organisation with its own rules and laws, and a staff who can travel back and forth in time, but only in the period when time travel exists they can t go back any further than 1967 Also, there are no paradoxes in this world you can t change the past, which leads some to believe that all of life is pre ordained Time travellers are aware of their own death dates, and often get together with past and future selves They have relationships and even marriages with others who may be many generations younger or older than them.The main story focuses on Barbara, one of the pioneers, who was immediately cut out of the time travelling family by another pioneer, the aristocratic Margaret, for being mentally ill Margaret ensured that Barbara had nothing to do with the Conclave, and even instigated a program ensuring that no one with mental illness was hired there, a process involving extensive psychological tests In 2017, Barbara receives an origami rabbit from one of the other pioneers, Grace, and Barbara s granddaughter Ruby, now a therapist, suspects that Barbara is being warned In January 2018, another young woman, Odette, discovers a body at a toy museum where she works as a cleaner She s traumatised by the experience, and further upset by the fact the body is never identified and nor is the reason for the death unexplained So, having recently graduated, she decides to join the Conclave and become a time traveller in the hope of discovering about the death.Once you get your head round the concept of time travel, and the way it operates in this novel, and you get used to the many different characters in many different times and places, this is a gripping and original read I m hoping there that this is the first in a series, as I d like to return to Mascarenhas s world flag 15 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Sep 24, 2018 Nikki rated it liked it review of another edition 2.75 stars rounded up flag 16 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Oct 12, 2018 Robin Bonne rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley, science fiction 3.5 Stars This book had several elements that I enjoy time travel, feminist speculative science fiction, and an LGBTQ romance It took me a while to get into it, but I eventually cared enough about a couple of the characters to want to read this through to the end My favorite characters were Barbara, Ruby, and Siobhan The character of Lucille was barely mentioned, and I think it was a shame, since she was one of the characters that I was most curious about I think this story suffered from 3.5 Stars This book had several elements that I enjoy time travel, feminist speculative science fiction, and an LGBTQ romance It took me a while to get into it, but I eventually cared enough about a couple of the characters to want to read this through to the end My favorite characters were Barbara, Ruby, and Siobhan The character of Lucille was barely mentioned, and I think it was a shame, since she was one of the characters that I was most curious about I think this story suffered from too many character points of view The segments were short, and jumped around so much that as soon as I started to enjoy one of the periods of time, it would abruptly end and I was left repeatedly thinking about where the next segment fit into the time line It made for a disjointed reading experience Many of the side plots felt unresolved at the end There was so much going on with all the characters that it would have taken a lot longer to wrap them up in any kind of meaningful way, so instead it felt like they were just abandoned Overall, this was good and worth the time I spent reading it If you don t mind lots of character POV s, you might enjoy this than I did There are some great, even moving, sections in this book that were excellently written Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an unbiased review flag 14 likesLike see review Jul 28, 2018 Melanie Mels Bookland Adventures rated it it was amazing review of another edition I adore time travel narratives, it s one of those things that will always make me pick up a book We all have those positive triggers that will makes us choose one book over the other And I am certainly glad that I got to read this one For one, Kate Mascarenhas is from the Midlands, where I live I always love to read books by local authors, such a thrill to find the same places you know in a book Also, I liked the premise that four women invented time travel Not a man in sight And yes, t I adore time travel narratives, it s one of those things that will always make me pick up a book We all have those positive triggers that will makes us choose one book over the other And I am certainly glad that I got to read this one For one, Kate Mascarenhas is from the Midlands, where I live I always love to read books by local authors, such a thrill to find the same places you know in a book Also, I liked the premise that four women invented time travel Not a man in sight And yes, this book is full of wonderful women, not a single cardboard cut out in sight, they are all different, some nice, some conflicted, some young, some old and in between, some are mothers, some are not It made me realise how rare this is A reflection on all sorts of women, women at the core of the book And then there is the time travel Interesting premise in that the time travel cannot alter outcomes Mind bending Also a super on the edge mystery I absolutely loved this flag 17 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 20, 2018 Sarah Joint rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves traveling sisters This is a very different sort of book for me I m not sure I would have picked it up on my own but when the opportunity to read and review it as a group presented itself, I couldn t say no It intrigued me The Psychology of Time Travel certainly demands your focus especially after the midway point, it s easy to get lost if you re a bit distracted as you re reading However, it s worth paying attention to I rarely re read books, but I might give this one another look I think I ll catch thi This is a very different sort of book for me I m not sure I would have picked it up on my own but when the opportunity to read and review it as a group presented itself, I couldn t say no It intrigued me The Psychology of Time Travel certainly demands your focus especially after the midway point, it s easy to get lost if you re a bit distracted as you re reading However, it s worth paying attention to I rarely re read books, but I might give this one another look I think I ll catch things I missed the first time That s how many layers this story has A lot of planning went into writing this story I was actually picturing one of those crazy maps on a wall connected with string when I thought about the writing process This book is in it s own little world Time travel is invented in the late 60 s, but took some time to perfect The female scientists who made the dream a reality are thrust into the spotlight, and one of them has a breakdown Whether it s a result of her traveling or something that was always going to happen remains to be seen In 2017, time travel is a business and business is booming No longer just the stuff of wildest dreams, it s something many people get to accomplish Travelers have their own lingo, their own way of life Ruby knows that her grandmother had a hand in the first instance of time traveling, but they don t talk about it She only knows that it s a painful topic and the relationship between her and her fellow scientists didn t end well But now they ll have to talk because they received a mysterious warning from the future This is a hard book to review because I really don t want to give anything away It spans several timelines and has many fascinating and memorable characters When you re in the mood for unique fiction that demands your complete attention, give it a shot An advanced copy of this book was provided to The Traveling Sisters by Crooked Lane Books Thank you This in no way affects my opinion flag 13 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jul 30, 2018 Alexis rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley This book is something rarely seen in the literary world, or at least it is to me It s a sci fi book aimed at women This is an amazing thing and it will still seem odd to plenty of men that women might be interested in science or time travel, but believe me it s true I actually saw a comment recently from a bloke who thought women didn t like sci fi, and that we all read chick lit and romance novels Some of us do, of course, which is fine Some of us, however, reads books like this one.When This book is something rarely seen in the literary world, or at least it is to me It s a sci fi book aimed at women This is an amazing thing and it will still seem odd to plenty of men that women might be interested in science or time travel, but believe me it s true I actually saw a comment recently from a bloke who thought women didn t like sci fi, and that we all read chick lit and romance novels Some of us do, of course, which is fine Some of us, however, reads books like this one.When I first started reading, I was instantly taken with these strong women of the 50 s or 60 s, brave and pioneering, embarking on something remarkable They invent a time machine And this starts a long and winding series of events, throughout time, which end with a murder Or is the murder somewhere in the middle Or in the past The answer is all three, of course The book develops from the moment of creation to being something modern, but maintains the nostalgia and class of the earlier timelines that weave in and out of the plot It s interesting to see how the women of then and now are differently portrayed, but equally intelligent and independent It s also interesting to consider how time travel would have affected the minds of the travellers, and indeed the people they interact with along the way Putting the two things together isn t something I have seen before, and in this book it is done beautifully.The writing is very elegant and precise, and I couldn t help but be reminded of a modern and feminine version of H.G Wells almost That s the authority I felt the author held over the subject matter I m a big H.G fan, so that s a big compliment as far as I m concerned.I love the fact that there are only one or two incidental male characters in the book, and all the rest are female This is so refreshing to me None of the women are wishy washy or reliant on the men in their lives They are bold, thoughtful and unique I think we are so used to fiction being dominated by men that it s nice to see truly strong female characters being introduced and becoming and popular culturally speaking This book is a perfect example of that.All I can say to finish is that this book was refreshingly different and interesting, and I hope that a female oriented book of this depth and character is a sign of things to come flag 16 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 13, 2018 Gail C rated it it was amazing Recommends it for People looking for strong character development, books that cross over several sub genres I had the opportunity to read The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas, having received a free advanced digital copy by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books in exchange for an honest review I can honestly say it was one of the most enjoyable books I ve read recently and I wasn t ready for it to be over When I read the last sentence it was with reluctance that I left the world that had been so intricately created with fascinating characters who both intrigued and, in some cases, repelled m I had the opportunity to read The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas, having received a free advanced digital copy by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books in exchange for an honest review I can honestly say it was one of the most enjoyable books I ve read recently and I wasn t ready for it to be over When I read the last sentence it was with reluctance that I left the world that had been so intricately created with fascinating characters who both intrigued and, in some cases, repelled me.Mascarenhas has created some of the most complex characters I ve read in awhile The book is filled primarily with strong female characters who are brilliant, accomplished, and successful It begins with four scientists who invent a time travel machine which ultimately results in the creation of a time travel consortium that is run by one of the four The book details how both ageing and the unique properties of being able to travel through time shape each woman s personality and decision making One might say it demonstrates the idea of becoming yourself, only so as you age and in this instance how that is affected by the unique aspects of traveling into the future and encountering one s future self and or selves.In addition to this personality study, there is a mystery that is paramount to the book and provides a framework for some of the time travel that is detailed in the story The mystery is interesting, but is secondary to the overall story It is the reason many of the characters are detailed in the book, and their purpose for some of the actions they take, but never is it presented as a puzzle for the reader to solve Rather, it is something that is revealed to the reader as they travel along on the various journeys taken by different characters in the book This approach increases the reader s opportunity to sit back and enjoy the journey along with the characters in the book.Early on we learn the problems time travel creates for one of the four inventors and how it places her on the outside of what had once been a tight knit group of friends We also see how one of the four pushes this ousting, and how her personality becomes controlling over the years We also get to watch a third member of the group as she moves through time and watch as her personality develops along different lines with perhaps a greater sense of accountability A fourth member of the group doesn t get as much mention i this novel and remains a question regarding how time travel and her participation in the invention may or may not have changed her.Throughout the book there are some unique situations, such as individuals being allowed to see and interact with their future selves This aspect of time travel creates some peculiar issues, particularly in how laws are developed and what methods are used when a law within the world of the time travelers has been broken Add to this development a push by the head of the time traveler s organization to desensitize travelers to certain aspects of life and death and you have the premise of an excellent novel.I wasn t ready for this book to be over when I read the final sentence There were several characters with whom I would have enjoyed spending time The world in which they live has almost infinite possibilities because they can travel through time and thus it is only restricted by the limits of the author s imagination The best thing I can say about the end is that while it was a definite finish to this particular story, I could see many future stories being developed that might include both these same characters and others who, based on the results of this book, would also be well drawn and complex in their development flag 12 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 24, 2018 Denise rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, 2018 free ebooks, september 2018, women authors 2018 Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review Reading this debut novel was a happy surprise It was tightly plotted and well written Time travel has been invented and successfully tested in the opening chapter, but one woman pioneer develops a mental health issue At first this causes many questions about the safety of the technology The person who ends up heading the newly formed institution for time travel is paranoid about bad publicity and co Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review Reading this debut novel was a happy surprise It was tightly plotted and well written Time travel has been invented and successfully tested in the opening chapter, but one woman pioneer develops a mental health issue At first this causes many questions about the safety of the technology The person who ends up heading the newly formed institution for time travel is paranoid about bad publicity and consults with a psychologist about testing of applicants From there on we get multiple viewpoints from past, current and future people who are emotionally impacted one way or another by time travel This is a novel take on time travel, written with interesting insights into how one might experience watching the death of your family and friends one minute, and then returning to an age where they are still alive My only critique would be related to the number of characters They are all important to the plot but having a list of characters would have been very helpful 4.5 5 stars flag 12 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Gerhard rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019, sf f So the last third or so of this book consists of mock ups of the psychometric questionnaires devised to determine the psychological stability, and socio sexual compatibility, of potential time travellers Okay interesting, but ultimately a bit gimmicky, which is a problem I had with the book as a whole.Here we have an author taking a high level concept like time travel, a science fiction staple, and writing a literary novel that is not science fiction I could not get my head around the fact So the last third or so of this book consists of mock ups of the psychometric questionnaires devised to determine the psychological stability, and socio sexual compatibility, of potential time travellers Okay interesting, but ultimately a bit gimmicky, which is a problem I had with the book as a whole.Here we have an author taking a high level concept like time travel, a science fiction staple, and writing a literary novel that is not science fiction I could not get my head around the fact that multiple versions of the same person can interact here, which flies in the face of all current conceptualisation about time travel.Actually, this book reminded me of Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, which was a quantum mechanics novel for non SF fans who probably know nothing about QM either Of course, there is nothing wrong for an author to world build and theorise or speculate, as long as this is consistent.Kate Mascarenhas is at least consistent, but then on the other hand doesn t seem to realise the full potential of her ideas The ending is quite glaring in how it simply fizzles out Ostensibly a murder mystery, the reader has already solved the crime barely a third of the way through.Another problem is that the supposedly distinct time streams 1967, 2017, 2018 are not sufficiently differentiated, which adds a level of confusion, and estranges the reader somewhat from the text Still, this is an interesting novel, with some great ideas and appealingly flawed characters flag 11 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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      Kate Mascarenhas is a writer.Born in 1980, she is of mixed heritage white Irish father, brown British mother and has family in Ireland and the Republic of Seychelles.She studied English at Oxford and Applied Psychology at Derby Her PhD, in literary studies and psychology, was completed at Worcester.Since 2017 Kate has been a chartered psychologist Previously she has been an advertising copywri Kate Mascarenhas is a writer.Born in 1980, she is of mixed heritage white Irish father, brown British mother and has family in Ireland and the Republic of Seychelles.She studied English at Oxford and Applied Psychology at Derby Her PhD, in literary studies and psychology, was completed at Worcester.Since 2017 Kate has been a chartered psychologist Previously she has been an advertising copywriter, bookbinder, and doll s house maker She lives in the English midlands with her partner.Her new novel, The Psychology of Time Travel, will be published by Head of Zeus in August 2018



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    • Time travel is a fantastic concept and it s almost limitless in its possibilities An author could take their book anywhere and to anyone it could be so many things I d love to see of them out there in the market The Psychology of Time Travel explores many ideas and it plays with reality through the process Mascarenhas has chosen to focus on the cognitive effects of such an epic exploration What happens to our minds when they are stretched too far Does our sanity start to crumble as i Tim [...]


    • 3.5, an epic tale of Traveling Sisters stars Full review featured on my blog Recipe and a Read This was an incredibly unique and interesting story about four women who pioneered the invention of time travel in 1967 and the repercussions of that choice and ability This book was 100% LADYPOWER and I absolutely loved that I think centering the story around women, gave Mascarenhas the ability to add a deep empathy to the affects of time travel and how it touched those who took part in it, and [...]


    • When four female scientists create the world s first time machine in 1967, they had no idea how they would alter the world or themselves These women were known as pioneers, each with her own specialty to assist each other in the development of the time machine Fifty years later, time travel has taken off Ruby Rebello s grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the original pioneers Ruby has always been curious about her grandmother s past and her contribution to time travel, so when her grandmot When [...]


    • Time travel books are generally hit or miss with me Some of my favourite and LEAST favourite books cough. Outlander Cough are time travel related I really enjoy the concept and find it really clever how some authors navigate it I really enjoyed this one It was different to anything I have read before, and confused me at times But at the same time I enjoyed it immensely the 1960 s, four women invent a time travel machine The world is their oyster But one of them suffers a mental Time travel books [...]


    • Time travel is a complex subject From my childhood days of reading The Time Machine by H G Wells and watching the movie Back to the Future to my adulthood escapes into devouring several new books about the topic, it s been prevalent all my life Often the theme focuses on what would you change about the past and what happens if you alter reality While those ideas are covered in Mascarenhas novel, the Psychology of Time Travel also focuses on exactly what the title implies the psy Time travel is a [...]


    • We are wrapping up 2018 soon and beginning a new year full of new books In the spirit of thinking about time, I want to give a little teaser of a book I read and loved in 2018 but that publishes in February of 2019 The Psychology of Time Travel by the incredible Kate Mascarenhas This book completely captivated me, and I m actually on a second reading of it because I loved it SO much On my second reading, I m picking up on so many wonderful clues and moments that weave together and delight We are [...]


    • I was actually intending to let this one pass me by the title did not grab me and I have so many other books waiting However a combination of the reviews and the fact that it was available on Netgalley made me decide to read it and I am so glad I did.It is a story about four women who invented a time machine and what happened to them and their invention once it became public property More importantly the book focuses on the people involved and how they were impacted by this remarkable achiev I w [...]


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