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Black McCarthy is despatched to INTERFOLD – The Time Travel Hotel Republic to track down “Eugenides”. His client, the Wolf, is on his back demanding progress as INTERFOLD keeps shifting time and place, throwing up residency and immigration anomalies as it does so. Help of a kind is on hand via the Dwarf with the Horse, the Man Who Fell Through Floors, the Girl With Nine LiBlack McCarthy is despatched to INTERFOLD – The Time Travel Hotel Republic to track down “Eugenides”. His client, the Wolf, is on his back demanding progress as INTERFOLD keeps shifting time and place, throwing up residency and immigration anomalies as it does so. Help of a kind is on hand via the Dwarf with the Horse, the Man Who Fell Through Floors, the Girl With Nine Lives, the Nurse With The Curse, and Joylin – the INTERFOLD receptionist. But who is Eugenides? The ManWho Lived in a Vacuum Cleaner? The Man Who Dreamt He Was Dreaming? One of the other oddball residents? Is winding up naked in a sauna elevator in the Car Park at Infinity really going to help track him down? Unfortunately for Black, his client is not the only one who wants Eugenides found, Black is possibly the worst detective money can buy and time is not only against him but ignoring all the usual rules. Think Hitchhikers, Catch 22, Sombrero Fall Out, Breakfast Of Champions, The Adventures of Tintin, an episode of Hong Kong Phooey, A splash of Monty Phython and The Wasteland put in a blender and wizzed up with the best of Elmore Leonard in an absurd dada drama....

Title : Time Travel Hotel
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ISBN : 9781909136526
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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Time Travel Hotel Reviews

  • Sammi McSporran
    2018-11-18 03:02

    I received a copy of The Time Travel Hotel through Goodreads First Reads.Wow. Where to start? This book is a quick and easy read, but totally manic, somewhat confusing and often pretty revolting. Birnie has a great writing style; witty, fun and easy to follow, and the concept of the Time Travel Hotel is different and interesting. However I'm not honestly sure if I enjoyed the book or not.The characters are all a little too strange to really connect with any of them. Of course, for many their strangeness is a part of what makes them a good character, but its difficult to involve oneself in a story when you dont feel anything for the characters beyond indifference.My main issue is the vulgarity of the book. There's a lot of random and unnecessary sexual content. The whole plotline with the Man Who Lived in a Vacuum Cleaner I feel could have been removed entirely from the book without losing anything of value - in fact it would probably be an improvement. Same with the Dwarf+Horse. Seemingly pointless characters in my opinion.The ending, as others have mentioned, is even more confusing than the preceding pages due to time loops. Certain points I wondered if I'd accidentally skipped a paragraph somewhere!All in all I think 3 stars is fair for this book. I read it all, reasonably quickly, and somewhat enjoyed it? However I would not feel comfortable recommending it to anyone. If you think this is the sort of book you'd enjoy, do go ahead and give it a read! But be warned it is certainly 18+ in nature, with some pretty disturbing content.

  • Nadia
    2018-11-26 04:51

    I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. All views are my own.This was one of the strangest books I have ever read, from characters to the story and the way it was written. I would not say I disliked the book, I just never found I enjoyed it. For people who enjoy wacky, sci-fi stories this may be one you would enjoy, however for me it was a little too out there. A detective novel with alien life, time travel, and other science fiction content, this is definitely a book in a world of its own.I would also say for readers who do not like sexually explicit content to avoid this one, as there are a lot of descriptions of, equally alien, sexually graphic content.

  • Delaney Chaffin
    2018-12-01 21:55

    I thought this book was a little confusing in the beginning, which probably prevented me from binge reading once it arrived. But after I learned who the characters were and understood the gist of the story, I didn't want to put the story down. It is very creative, to say the least, and extremely odd. Maybe a little too odd at times but it was definitely entertaining and interesting.

  • Gavgav
    2018-12-13 02:00

    I received a copy of this from the publisher via a Goodreads giveaway.I will admit it was a very smooth read, despite the somewhat confusing narrative (I use that word loosely with this book), meaning that I did not get bored of it and read it pretty quickly after it came in the mail. The book is basically about a guy hired to track down someone, only ever known by a codename. There's sort of a plot here, and a few interconnected stories, but the connections between them all end up not really meaning or affecting anything. Some of the characters seem to be the same people, but there is so much nonsense within this short novel (as I typed that, I started thinking about the absurdity of this book and accidentally typed 'snort shovel') that the reader isn't really left with anything more than what he chooses to assume. This is why I am hesitant to use words like "plot" and "narrative" because I'll fully admit I don't have the slightest clue what this book was about. My copy included a 3-4 page short story at the end called "Corporate Culture (& How to Survive it), which seems to be a prequel to "Time Travel Hotel". At the end of this short, it says that the book will be published in 2016. Here's hoping there is more to this story, the premise is quite interesting, it just needs threshing out and a bit more development. It seems like this is this authors first "novel" (from what I can see on goodreads), and as some of the blurbs about the book say, he does have a neat writing style. My main complaints are the excessive amount of unanswered questions the abrupt ending of the book leaves you with (I thought i had about 15 more pages but the last 10 or so were random junk and the aforementioned short story) and the cheesy, wonky, ridiculous sexual content, i.e. (view spoiler)[ the guy who shrinks overnight and is only able to regain his normal size via fellatio from a Martian woman. The author makes it clear that although he's like a couple centimeters tall, he has a "large penis". Come on was funny for a minute, but this entire subplot was just stupid and irrelevant to any other part of the story.(hide spoiler)]2/5. It made work go by a bit faster but I didn't come away from it with much, aside for a desire to read "Corporate Culture" when it comes out.

  • Sophie Andersen
    2018-12-08 22:00

    I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads program.Time Travel Hotel was the wildest leisurely stroll I've ever been on. With a small cast of eccentric characters and a complex yet uncomplicated plot, it was a very easy read, despite being entirely bizarre and occasionally disturbing. Clive Birnie has - as his editor put it - a very 'readable' style of writing - not only was the story interesting, but the writing was witty and endlessly entertaining.In fact, I was planning to give it five stars - until about three chapters from the end, when the plot took a sudden sharp turn into 'so bizarre I could no longer follow it'. I spent those last few chapters waiting for everything to be clarified, but no such luck. The fourth star was given with the benefit of the doubt, that I may reread and discover something I missed. Or that there'll be a sequel. Judging from the bonus material at the end, there will be a sequel (or a prequel, or a companion novel - who can tell when you're writing about time travel), but I expected from the style and the overall simplicity of the story lines that it would be a stand alone novel. I would, without a doubt, revisit this world again, though I'm worried the bizarre, casual style will become frustrating if I have to read for too long without answers.

  • LeeAnn
    2018-12-05 04:07

    Received in a GoodReads Giveaway, not knowing what to expect. I still don't know.Part psychadelic 1960's Dr. Who, some James Bond thrown in, as well as some trashy B-movies. Possibly 12 different story lines happening at once (although that's not as confusing as it sounds). Main plot difficult to find (although if you try not to think of the book in terms of "one story", it's easier). The ending was unsatisfying; I wish I'd felt like it really "ended". Disappointing, overall. And if one is easily offended, one should not attempt reading this book.

    2018-11-20 00:57

    Thank you Goodreads. This is not a book I would normally have chosen to read. I did find it a little confusing at the beginning, but after a while it became easier to distinguish the plethora of characters & story lines. I’m glad I persevered with the read, as I found the book overall very enjoyable in the end.

  • Iris
    2018-12-16 00:51

    I am given the opportunity to read this through Goodreads First Reads!Thank you so much for this wonderful offering! I'll definitely be updating this with a future review once I receive the book. Can't wait! Thank you again.

  • Cal Littlehales
    2018-12-10 03:13

    Wow - my minds still blowing.

  • Gabi
    2018-12-05 06:05

    Despite the fact that this book sort of lacked a plot, I really liked it. The "story" follows a man who is hired to track down a man by the name of Eugenides. He arrives at the hotel, the time travel hotel (republic), and the book follows his search for the man gone astray, meeting various characters along the way. And I do mean characters. A girl with 9 lives, and a penchant for jumping off high balconies; a man who falls through floors, willingly or not; an alien from mars, terribly dissatisfied with the less than packing members of male earthlings. The entire thing was a bit odd, and I loved it for that reason. There was an excerpt from another book at the end, but I didn't read it. If it happens to be a continuation of the story, that would be GREAT, and the whole lack of plot would make a lot more sense. I do plan on reading it sometime soon, so I'll update when I do. All in all, it's worth the read. Very fun book!Thanks to first reads for the ARC. All opinions are my own.

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-14 02:58

    I received a copy of this book free from a Goodreads Giveaway.I enjoyed this book. It's a bizarre and quirky time travel/looping book with some raunchy but very quick sex scenes. I enjoyed the author's style and humor. Definitely not a sci-fi that will please everyone, but I thought it was fun. The characters were strange and quirky to go along with the story line(s). Can't wait to read the next installment coming in 2016. I only wish this one explained a little more at the end. I was left a little confused.

  • David Crosby
    2018-12-01 04:00

    This was a fun read. An interesting mystery story with a cast of super characters and the surrealism certainly didn't slow the reading flow. I would have given 4 stars but for a missing element... an ending. Oh well, I enjoyed what there was and would read more by this author.In compliance with FTC guidelines, I have to disclose that I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  • susan murray
    2018-12-02 21:45

    Won from goodreadsBook was ok about a detective who is hire basically it seems by 2 people to find someone with just a name and no description in a time travelling hotel. There is quite a bit explicit in sexual nature so if not keen on that don't read I didn't see the point in it and the same with the character of the dwarf and the horse plus the shrinking Man could have done without and story would have been better. It is for a small niche in the market certainly not for all sci fi lovers.

  • Jiona
    2018-12-04 01:48

    I really, really enjoyed this book. Packed full of crazy characters and events, with a twisting storyline and atmosphere that reminded me of Catch-22 (as referred to in the influences) with a little sprinkling of Kafka and Beckett.I now want to go back and re-read it to see whether I can get my head around it.

  • Paul Beeson
    2018-11-21 05:59

    Received in Goodreads giveaway. The style aspires to that of Douglas Adams in The Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy, but sadly falls short in both humour and sci-fi quality. Names are repeated ad-nauseum as a plot tries to develop before running out of steam altogether and just ending.

  • John
    2018-11-18 21:58

    WOW!! Not really sure what to say, other than reading this was an adventure. I won this great book on GoodReads and like I do with most my wins I will be paying it forward by giving my win either to a friend or library to enjoy

  • Xondra Day
    2018-12-04 02:51

    * Copy via Goodreads First Reads and the author *DNF. I just could not get into it.