Thursday, March 03, 2011

Selected Shorts and Other Methods of Time Travel by David Goodberg

"Here I am. Or better said, here I all am. Five clones of myself and I are about to play some three-on-three basketball. Who will win? How in the world are we going to decide who starts with the ball if we are exactly the same?"
Selected Shorts and Other Methods of Time Travel by David Goodberg is a book full of hilarious tales of cloning, time travelling, and alien planets. The book takes place in the future when time travel companies have become as normal as Wal-Mart stores. For example, in the story The Perfectionist, a lady, Jane Swanson, uses time travel to go back into her past to make her life better. Jane tells her former self lottery numbers and useful information for the future. Once she has cautioned her priego, he former self, Jane goes back to the future with an entirely new life. She is rich beyond belief and has the best family. Jane believes she is now truly happy. Although, some time travels don't necessarily work out well. In the story '21x' a man named Ben Bucksley acquires a little plastic watch. The only thing the watch says on it is '21x'. Ben presses buttons on the watch, but it doesn't work. Ben tries to fix it, but realizes he can't. He holds on to the watch so maybe he can give it to someone else or try again later. By holding onto the watch, Ben finds out there is more to the watch than being a plastic piece of junk. The watch really reverses time by twenty-one minutes. Ben uses this with caution at first, but then the power drives him crazy. Eventually, the watch appears to stop working and Ben is caught. Stories like 'The Perfectionist' and '21x' are just the beginning of even more wacky and entertaining tales that Goodberg takes the reader on.

David Goodberg's short stories aren't just humorous, but very thought provoking. Every story has a message behind it, whether the story is one page long or three pages long. Each story has the same setting and future-lingo though. If a reader were to just pick up the book and start with the very beginning story and not read the prologue, it would be confusing. The prologue was nice to have and cleared up many of the questions from the beginning. Goodberg's novel isn't a Douglas Adams book where it is almost pure satire, but it does have it's funny parts and sad parts. I really enjoyed Selected Shorts and Other Methods of Time Travel and I would recommend it to young adults because some of the stories of death can be graphic.

Reviewer Age:15
Reviewer City, State and Country: Brownsburg, Indiana United States of America