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To Say Nothing of the Dog

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Genre-Bender

When Lady Schrapnell agrees to endow the time travel project, it seems like a dream come true for the researchers at Oxford University. They didn't count on their benefactor deciding to use the project to re-create Coventry Cathedral, sending travelers back to umpteen ...
When Lady Schrapnell agrees to endow the time travel project, it seems like a dream come true for the researchers at Oxford University. They didn't count on their benefactor deciding to use the project to re-create Coventry Cathedral, sending travelers back to umpteen different time periods to locate objects. Time lagged and exhausted, Ned Henry is sent back to Victorian England to recuperate away from the demanding patron. Unfortunately, he's sent so hastily that he arrives unprepared to fit into an era of seances, village fetes, and penwipes. He lands at a railway station in 1888 where he meets a dreamy college student who spouts poetry and tends to fall in love suddenly, an eccentric Oxford professor, a bulldog named Cyril and a whole host of characters who could have walked out of a P.G. Wodehouse novel. Ned is infatuated with Verity, a fellow time traveler, but he isn't sure if it's true love or time-lag. Whatever, they need to resolve a little problem caused by Verity's accidental removal of an item that needs to be returned to its rightful place or else. . . well, they're not quite certain what may happen but that might mean the downfall of civilization. At the very least they might be stuck in the past.

As you may have gathered, this is a difficult book to explain properly. I can tell you that it's an entertaining adventure with science fiction, a bit of romance, some farce and a comedy of manners. I think it's a delightful tale that should appear to a wide variety of readers, including those who don't usually like science fiction or fantasy. One of my favorite scenes has a weary 1940 time traveler telling a colleague that a native asked about the Queen. "I told him she was wearing a hat. She did, didn't she? I can never remember which one wore the hats." They all did, is the response, except for Victoria. And Camilla. (It's worth noting that this book was written in 1997.)

By the way, the title comes from Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat, but you don't need to have read that to enjoy some of the in-jokes and brushes with history.

I highly recommend this book for your reading pleasure.

posted by momcatj on May 15, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Our book club pick

It was very slow to start. I got to page 100 and gave up. The other ladies whom continued past page 150 finally started to understand the plot. Those who continued enjoyed it. I may pick it back up after I have read other books that interest me more.

posted by allipat on August 2, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Overall a fun read.

    This book was pretty good and had some humor to it. It was a bit predictable in spots but it didn't spoil the overall. I would keep reading if there had been more books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    A quirky read

    This book takes about a hundred pages to get into. If you can hold on, it becomes a decent story, though the humor is a bit odd for my tastes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Beats

    Confused

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2007

    read wodehouse, instead

    A not-to-funny comedy of manners full of long-suffering butlers, fainting matrons, ditsy ingenues, absent-minded college dons and harrumphing fathers masquerading as a sci-fi novel. The action, such as it is, is languid at best, and the attempts to generate tension ('This could create a temporal incongruity!') unsuccessful. The 'Bishop's Bird Stump' joke, initially amusing, becomes tired by the end of this tale.

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