By Mike McQuay

112 ratings - 4.01* vote

Memories isgy and brilliant ideas. It tells of David Wolf, a man from present-day Oklahoma, and Silv, an inhabitant of a future world in ruins. Together, they must travel through time to stop a madman whose insane actions canc of reality in shreds.

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Book details

Paperback, 400 pages
May 1st 1987 by Spectra

(first published 1987)

Original Title
0553258885 (ISBN13: 9780553258882)
Edition Language

Community Reviews

Carlos de Arquer

One of my favourites Sci Fi novels. I found it absolutely mesmerizing. You completely get lost in time and in the magic of its characters and thoughts.

At first is a little bit ponderous. Many people may leave it in the first 1/4 or 1/3; but once you pass through that "barrier" and you're inside, you really can't stop reading.


This is a really neat time travel novel, very well written. It's been a long time since I read it so I won't try to explain it. I do remember it being fascinating and a very enjoyable read. Keep an eye open for this one.


Super cool concept, very good book.

Eric Sherman

Amazing novel that ranks as one of the most enjoyable time travel novels I have ever read. The idea of traveling back through time by inhabiting the bodies of ancestors was fun.


I did not finish this book. It's a rare thing for me, but I just couldn't be bothered. Maybe it's the fact that I've been reading it in short bursts for so many months, maybe it's the wonky premise of time-travel-via-ancestral-memories or maybe it's just that I couldn't get to like any of the characters.
After about 170 pages, I felt the plot was running in circles, I didn't care what would happen next and simply decided to call it quits.


There's the core of a good idea and a good potboiler of a sci-fi time travel novel here, but it gets bogged down in awkward sex scenes and a shallow recreation of Napoleonic-era politics. (Didn't help that I read this directly after a Patrick O'Brian novel.) There's also at least one maddening loose end: David clearly realises his psych patient from the start of the book is a fellow time skipper, and I presumed this was where he'd eventually find Silv in the final act, but instead she just... never gets mentioned again? Where did she come from?


This is a classic in science fiction, but not a super well known book due to, as I understand it, estate issues and only one or two editions. It is, however, the number one recommended book in my entire family, because it has an impact on how you think about the power of the mind, and what it means to travel and explore your own limitations. It's the number one book I look for in used book stores, because I've given away my last copy so many times I can never remember if I have a copy for myself to re-read, and I never seem to get it back from others.

The magic of this book is not just in the time travel which is so very well done, but also in the psychological growth that all of the characters go through from the beginning of the book to the end, and how it parallels the actual story line, regardless of where the time travel is occurring depending on the individual's time lines, (because, like any good time travel, everyone's chronological time and personal time varies, so characters are meeting at different times. This is important, and plays a huge part when you go back and re-read it the second or third time, and begin to see the underlayment of the story.)

To be honest, I never actually think of this book as being science fiction, I think of it as being a book about personal growth, the difference between what our past dictates we become, (on both a personal and a world-view level,) and how much our actions actually do matter, (there's that time travel again.)

That being said, don't bother with McQuay's other books. Seriously.


This book did not hold my attention at all. First of all, I did not like the main character. The storyline was not compelling and did not generate any interest for me. I stopped reading it at about 1/4 of the way through.


I love the time-travelling scenes but I figure out that it's hard to relate on Napoleon Bonaparte's era. The story is good, I just get bored on the halfway. But what I really love about this book is its ending. It just blew me up how the characters are related(as in super related) to each other.