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Back There: A Mediocre Little Read About Time Travel

Updated on March 1, 2016

A Mediocre Little Read about Time Travel

Back There Book Review

So today we’re returning to the off the wall volume one of Twilight Zone short stories teleplay adaptions brought to literature by the collaboration of Rod Sterling and Walter Gibson. Today I’m reviewing the second short out of this collection called Back There.

This tale focuses on Peter Corrigan who has received an invitation to the Potomac Club, where world renowned British scientist gather. It’s at a remote mansion, and the party is rather dull consisting four members. But when Corrigan stumbles down a staircase, he tumbles back in time where Corrigan is mistaken for the landlord of the mansion due to an uncanny likeness. Despite the situation he’s in, he realizes that he is living just hours before President Lincoln is assassinated and seeing how he is only a few blocks away from where the incident is about to happen, he tries to stop it from happening.

The good? It’s fun. It’s different. It stands out among other time travel tales.

The bad? There’s snot a lot bad here. I do wish there was more detail. Also there seemed to be no explanation as to why it happened. Another thing is I wish our characters had more depth, especially our lead. He and everyone else were all dry.

Overall, it’s a short read that fails to live up to its potential which makes things a shame. The idea here and concepts are a great. So it’s just mediocre. Read it if you stumble across it, but it’s really not worth the search.

2 Smoothies out of four.

Overall Rating: A Mediocre Little Read about Time Travel

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