My Troubles with Time

My Troubles with Time

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by Benson Grayson
     
 

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What happens when a friendless physics professor in his mid-thirties, still a virgin, travels back to December 1941 in a time machine he has invented. His goal is to become a national hero by destroying the Japanese fleet which bombed Pearl harbor. Against all odds, he is succeeds. Instead of being hailed as a hero, he is arrested and sentenced to death by a U.S. Navy

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What happens when a friendless physics professor in his mid-thirties, still a virgin, travels back to December 1941 in a time machine he has invented. His goal is to become a national hero by destroying the Japanese fleet which bombed Pearl harbor. Against all odds, he is succeeds. Instead of being hailed as a hero, he is arrested and sentenced to death by a U.S. Navy Court Martial for mistakenly attacking the Japanese vessels before they launched their attack. The time machine mysteriously vanishes and his claims to have invented it are ridiculed. The professor's escape from this fate is one of the most unusual and most humerous ever encountered in fiction.

The book is written in a light style intended to leave the reader in as cheerful a state as possible when completing it. At the same time, it is carefully researched and adheres closely to actual historical events.

The author has a Ph.M. degree in East European History from Columbia University and served as a Foreign Service Officer of the State Department and as a Senior Research Fellow at the National Defense University. His seven previously published books are non-fiction works on international affairs and history.

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Grayson (Lust Takes the White House, 2011) chronicles the efforts of a hapless, mid-30s physics professor to gain self-respect using a time machine. Maynard Snodgrass is a self-deprecating hero who initially lacks the self-confidence to rise above the insults directed at him by colleagues, his boss and members of the opposite sex. Brilliant and resourceful, he draws on his intellect to construct a time machine that will convince his tormentors and detractors that he is worthy of both respect and tenure. When his first attempt to prove that time travel is possible results in disaster, Maynard decides to go bold: He will travel back to December 1941 and destroy the Japanese fleet before it can attack Pearl Harbor. Who would deny a man using a time machine to save thousands of lives anything but the highest respect? But things don't go exactly as planned. The wannabe savior is sentenced to death by a U.S. Navy court martial for commandeering a U.S. battleship and killing thousands of Japanese. Yet all is not lost. Maynard may overcome his fate in an implausible scheme involving a crazed, sword-wielding Japanese naval commander and an oversexed Army captain's wife. Those looking for a Stephen Hawking or Michio Kaku explanation of time travel may be disappointed. It spares the unscientific reader the burden of time-travel formulas and abstract treatises on wormholes and event horizons but at the cost of any shred of plausibility. Maynard's sudden transformation also seems a bit incongruous. Some areas of the book tend to get bogged down with mundane detail--meals and clothing descriptions, for example; conversely, the epic nature of time travel is given short shrift. A light character study of a professor altered by his own invention.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781463685546
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
10/18/2011
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
926,515
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

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My Troubles With Time 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Dale_Mendoza More than 1 year ago
The protaginonst Maynard Snodgrass is an interesting fellow at the very least. As a self proclaimed Genius, who has struggled because of his looks. Just wants to do good. Not entirely, but I can relate to the character and I had a good time reading this book.
RoyCarlson12 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book, and I can say I put this towards the top of my list for great fiction books. I think if this book was made into a movie it would be a blockbuster!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I quite enjoyed this book. A comic story of time travel.