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27th October
written by Steph

We don't feature a lot of sci-fi or fantasy novels on this site, which is kind of weird because Tony is something of a sci-fi aficionado. I, on the other hand, don't care for the genre very much. I don't know why, because I like science and I like fiction, but put the two together and it's like they repulse one another (or at least me!) and I want nothing to do with what you're offering. I have no idea why this is, because I like Fantasy well enough, so flights of fancy obviously don't bother me. But if your book involves outerspace or aliens, I will likely give it a wide berth. I do not, however, have an official stance regarding time travel: sometimes I like it (e.g., Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban) and other times, I hate it (e.g. The Time Traveler's Wife... though to be fair, the time travel was perhaps the thing I disliked least about that book!). So although I did not read and review Thomas Mullen's The Revisionists, Tony did, and I have to admit it actually sounds kind of cool. And since it seems to fall into the nebulous "speculative fiction" genre which, as Margaret Atwood informed us, is NOT the same thing as science fiction, nary a spaceship or alien is in sight! Huzzah! The Revisionists is one of those books that had a lot of pre-pub buzz, but I've not read many reviews of it since it's release, so if you were one of those people who was intrigued by the premise of one man being tasked to travel through time to ensure that the events of world history as we know them to have occurred (even the bad ones) do in fact happen the way they are supposed to, all so that we can one day reach a utopian future, then you'll want to check out Tony's review. Heck, this one sounds good enough that even if it had a laser or two, I would probably still read it! For a more in-depth review from someone who has actually read the book, check out Tony's review at BookPage here!


  1. 10/27/2011

    Great review by Tony! I’ve heard this is a “must-read” and I definitely hope to get to it soon!

  2. Oh fabulous. I HAVE to read this. I’m a giant history geek so yeah, even with a laser or four, I’d probably still be interested in this one. :O)

  3. 10/28/2011

    This might be something my husband would like but I am more in line with you. Sci fi is not usually a genre I read!

  4. 10/28/2011

    Okay mostly I’m just coming here to say that I went back and read your review of The Time Traveler’s Wife and just want to cheer in so many different ways. I read it in 2009 and tried really hard to love it, even gave it three stars in the beginning, but the more I thought about it and the more time passed, the less I liked it, until it became my most hated book of 2009, and now belongs in that “the worst” category of mine on Goodreads. As I read your review, you kept mentioning people and events that I don’t even remember, and then you asked if we remembered them, ha! So I guess that answers the question. 😀

  5. 10/28/2011

    Just read Tony’s review and thought it was wonderful! I have this book and am eager to get to it because it sounds like just the type of thing that I would like. I am not really so enthralled with sci-fi, but when I got a chance to hear the author speak about this book, it really knocked me for a loop and got me all twittery. Great review, Tony!

  6. I hadn’t heard of this book so the pre pub buzz can’t have made it across the pond. It does sound like an interesting premise, but I have a love/hate relationship with this genre so I think I’ll wait until you start raving about it before I leap into buying it (sorry Tony!)

  7. 10/31/2011

    This looks interesting. I like reading about time travel but get quite confused with all the paradoxes it throws up, but still.

  8. 11/01/2011

    I’m also a bit funny about science fiction, to be honest. Which is weird because I’m obsessed with science fiction on television!

    I suspect I’ve been burned by too many bad sci-fi novels in my youth. But this one sounds interesting.

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