This Time

This Time

by Joan Szechtman

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ISBN-13: 9780982449301
Publisher: Collected Stories/Basset LLC
Publication date: 12/22/2009
Pages: 343
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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 Shakespearean 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. 4 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.
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.
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.