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This Time

This Time

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by Joan Szechtman

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What if instead of dying in battle, Richard III awakens in the 21st-century? THIS TIME examines the medieval monarch as he adapts to modern technology, medicine, and American culture while investigating his past and what Shakespeare had wrought on his character.

First edition of THIS TIME was General Fiction Finalist of 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards


What if instead of dying in battle, Richard III awakens in the 21st-century? THIS TIME examines the medieval monarch as he adapts to modern technology, medicine, and American culture while investigating his past and what Shakespeare had wrought on his character.

First edition of THIS TIME was General Fiction Finalist of 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

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Collected Stories/Basset LLC
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5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning author, Joan Szechtman, changed careers from Computer Science to writer when she discovered the real Richard III. Her research transformed this medieval king from the Shakesperean villain she loved to hate, into the fair and just monarch she grew to admire. Joan is a member of the Richard III Society, American Branch and is the editor of the American Branch publications.

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This Time 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Five hundred years have passed. Just as Richard III is struck down at the infamous Battle of Bosworth, a time machine invented by scientists in the 20th Century transports Richard to Portland, Oregon in August of 2004. Hosgrove, the man who wants academic renown displays such an aggressive attitude to Richard that Richard is overwhelmed by the need to defend himself, a stress he certainly doesn't need as he attempts to adapt to a world that seems magical, perhaps even one step above evil. Katarina, a scholarly linguist, is the compassionate one who manages to gently nurture Richard in this startling new environment. They want information from Richard, proof of the "two missing Princes" being alive and more, evidence Richard is unclear about no matter the time or place. The more Richard ponders the past and the present, the more he is riddled with guilt over his part in attempting to hide the Princes and his responsibility for the death of so many peers and soldiers at that final battle whose outcome he has managed to escape. Joan Szechtman has written a novel that immediately draws the reader into Richard's adjustments to technology, clothing, food, and more. After an astonishing act of Hosgrove, Richard disappears until it is safe to return to work together with a team that is actually going to try to restore the life of a family member in Richard's original world. At the same time, the reader is thrilled to see a romance develop in his life, one that is full of formidable challenges but one that is all the more endearing for the way it evolves. While parts of this story are obviously contrived, those events don't detract from a finely imagined story that will interest Ricardian fans and other readers who love a good historical novel. Quite a different take, a redeeming look at King Richard III, "Dick," or "Dickon," a man and leader who continues to intrigue old and new readers! Nicely done, indeed, Joan Szechtman!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the end of one of the most adventurous, exciting week-ends of my life. That is why it is hard for me to believe I never leven left my own livingroom. "This Time" written by Joan Szechtman transported me, not only to different places, but also throughout different centuries. Szechtman's writing is crisp and straightforward. She pulls the reader into the plot and into the hearts and minds of the characters. She also assumes the reader is an intelligent being who does not have to be led by the hand from line to line. I cannot give higher praises to "This Time". Would that I could transport myself back through time and read it for the first time again. - Judy Gruenfeld, Internationally published writer of poetry, articles and short stories.
DianeRappAuthor More than 1 year ago
Shakespeare got it wrong! When a wealthy history buff endeavors to unravel the truth about his favorite English king, he funds a time travel project. According to Shakespeare’s play, King Richard III was a hunchback who murdered his wife and two nephews, but he was wrong. The novel opens as Richard III fights his last battle, the one where he gets cut down in a bloody massacre, but time-travel scientists drag him into 2004. They leave a “look alike” body behind so that history remains in tact. Unfortunately the rich historian thinks he owns Richard. He plans to “question” Richard and send him back to die. While I was reading this fascinating book, I wondered who I’d like to snatch from history. There are so many remarkable people I’d enjoy meeting, but my favorite would be Benjamin Franklin—a pivotal character in our country’s forming. He franchised businesses, started the postal system and lending libraries, and served as ambassador for his fledgling country. It would be fun to meet him. King Richard III did not have much “fun” as his captors grilled him about his life. Since he was an intelligent soldier, he immediately tried to find a way to escape from his prison. Wouldn’t anyone? How can he survive in a strange new world? He must develop allies. The excellent narrative follows his journey from an archaic royal to a modern man. We appreciate his struggle to learn modern English and catch up on history, while we cheer his romantic adventures and quest to save his son. The author helps us understand King Richard III in a way that Shakespeare never imagined. I don’t know much about English history, but I learned a lot about the problems that faced royalty of that time period from this well-written novel. I peeked at the sequel, Loyalty Binds Me, and I’m anxious to find out how Dickon (his favorite nickname) manages to get into more trouble during the next phase of the story. Buy this book and discover how Shakespeare got it all wrong in his famous play. (I’m still wondering how we can snatch Benjamin Franklin.)
carpe_librum More than 1 year ago
The concept for this book was too unique and interesting to pass up: Richard III brought into the 21st century. How would this medieval king, known to be both battle hardened soldier and fair judge, fit into a world that in no way resembles his own? As it turns out this book has little to do with the "real Richard." Szechtman does not spend much ink on discussing Richard's "past" life, though he is asked whether or not he murdered his nephews. Richard does not ask any questions about the fate of people he knew, though he struggles with survivor's guilt when he considers those loyal to him who fell at Bosworth, as he should have. My biggest issue with this book is that Richard just didn't seem to be the same person anymore. Though he frequently thinks of his wife, he quickly falls into bed with two other women. He was a duke and king (not to mention his various other titles), but seems to acquiesce quickly to the idea of putting on khakis and finding his cubicle. Coming from a time when mass was attended once or more daily, baptism & confession were considered of upmost importance, and eternal salvation gave men courage to face death in battle, Richard abandons his faith when he is basically told that it is outdated with little struggle on his part. The anti-Christian message was a little heavy-handed in this novel, but Richard never defends his faith as one would expect him to. (Wouldn't he accuse those around him of being heretics, not just say, "Oh, people aren't Catholic anymore? Okay.) It ended up being more disheartening than anything else to observe a powerful, intelligent man be pushed into a boring office job and convinced that Christians were the cause of the Holocaust. Richard meets a woman and instantly falls in love and wants to marry her, despite the fact that love is not what marriage would have been based on in his time and other characteristics of this woman make her someone that I wouldn't have expected the true Richard to admire. It is as though he quickly leaves behind everything that he was and forms himself into what he is told a 21st century man should be. The novel winds up being more of a contemporary romance than historical fiction. I still have high hopes for the sequel which is rated better and appears to give us another glance into the past, a place where I hope Richard can become himself again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"This Time" is a strange blend of history and science fiction. I don¿t often read historical fiction and what little I do is typically from periods much more contemporary than the Middle Ages. Yet, I found Richard III¿s story interesting. Using time travel (the science fiction portion) as a device to transport a historical figure into contemporary times gives the reader a different prism through which to view our current times. Richard¿s struggle to understand and adapt to contemporary times is a great story idea and illustrates how much the world has changed. It also makes me glad I wasn¿t born in the Middle Ages. One of the story threads regards Richard¿s place in history. Many believe the historical record is incorrect, with much of the historical record being inaccurate or not supported by the evidence. Much of the blame for this is attributed to Shakespeare¿s play. "This Time" integrates some of those items that are often questioned into the storyline with Richard attempting to set the record straight. "This Time" was not only entertaining as a story, but I felt as though I learned something in the process, not only about Richard and the times in which he lived, but also about the believability of history in general. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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EdieFM More than 1 year ago
This fascinating book is a must read for Ricardians and anyone else interested in a more balanced view of King Richard III that deviates from the monstrous portrayal by Shakespeare to please his Tudor audience. The concept of time travel, while contrived, provides some humorous moments as Richard adjusts to the 21st century.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago