“What I like about time travel, is exploring different times, the author’s ingenuity of predicting the future or of giving an apparently accurate account of what the past is like to live in for a modern person.
In this book, there is nothing like that because Charles Yu is stuck in time. He lives in his time machine, which is rather small, think Tardis without the expansion inside. This situation turned out to be rather too limited for me.
Some of it went over my head and roughly the first half of the book wasn’t all that exciting. When it got to the book that Charles got from his future self, it became a bit more interesting. Especially the search for his father (and where he found his father) was quite clever.
The book is all about Charles Yu and his thoughts. Very little actually happens. You have to be a pretty geeky person to enjoy this book, I think. I tried, went into it expecting to enjoy it (I’m half-geek, half non-geek) but the book never really grabbed me.”