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Earlier in the week I posted about time travel in books, and introduced it with a reference to the WABAC machine in Mr. Peabody’s Improbable History.  Several people commented that they enjoyed the reminder of innocent Saturday mornings spent watching cartoons; several others said that they weren’t familiar with Mr. Peabody and his friends.

Whether you’d like a blast from the past, or you’re seeing the WABAC machine for the first time, you might enjoy this YouTube clip from the show itself.

One of the time travel books I mentioned is Laurie Viera Rigler’s Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (my review).  This book really appealed to me, someone who doesn’t consider herself a fan of science fiction.  Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict focuses on the situation the protagonist is in (going to sleep in her studio apartment in present-day L.A. and waking up as part of the upper class in 1813 England), instead of the nuts and bolts of how she got there.  The result is a thoughtful novel about the main character, Courtney Stone, how she manages in her new surroundings, and what she learns about herself and the relationships she left back in Los Angeles.

Author Laurie Viera Rigler has generously offered personally inscribed paperback copies of Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict to two of my readers!

How can you get in on the fun?!?  Simply leave a comment mentioning what you would find most appealing and most challenging about living in Jane Austen’s world.  Here’s my answer:  most appealing (assuming I landed, like Courtney, in a well-to-do family) would be not having to do the mundane household chores – cooking, cleaning and laundry – that take up a good part of my day now.  Most challenging would be carrying myself at a formal party or ball; with my two left feet I’d be an embarrassment to myself and my partner!

Now it’s your turn!  Enter by midnight on Friday September 5; a random drawing will be held, and the winner announced on September 6.  I’ll look forward to reading your ideas!

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Who remembers the WABAC Machine?  This was from Peabody’s Improbable History, a show-within-a show during the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons of the 1960s (disclaimer:  I watched the re-runs!).  Peabody would set the WABAC machine to a date in the past, and give unsuspecting viewers a history lesson!  For a blast from the past, read the Wikipedia article on the subject.

A few weeks ago I bought the July/August 2008 issue of Bookmarks magazine, which had an extensive article on Time Travel in a cover-grabbing article called “Great Science Fiction”.  Science fiction, moi?  Apparently, oui, as several books on my bookcase involve the subject of time-travel.

In the past few months I’ve reviewed Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, a fun novel about a present-day Los Angelean who wakes up in Regency-period England, and Miss Alcott’s E-Mail (here), a clever biography of Louisa May Alcott.

Other time-travel books on Bookmarks’ list include:

  • Time and Again by Jack Finney (I’ve read this one, too!)
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  • “A Sound of Thunder” a short story by Ray Bradbury
  • Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger

What other time travel books have you read?  Are there other suggestions for a non-science-fiction reader like me?  I enjoyed the three that I’ve read because they focus on the result of the time-travel, not the technical process of getting there …

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