Review: Marshall Thornton – Aunt Belle’s Time Travel and Collectibles

35499656Author: Marshall Thornton
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Kenmore Books
Genre: MM Fantasy

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary: Where would you go if you could travel to any part of your past? That’s the question Terrance faces on his 45th birthday—and right away, he knows. He wants to go back to 1992 and not meet Mr. Wrong. But what begins as a journey to change the past becomes a trip to find the future. From the writer of Femme comes a story of best friends, time travel and going backward to move forward.

Review: First off I have to say I was so disappointed that time travel allows you to only go back to your own past. My dreams of going back to meet Freddy Mercury went up in flames. Sigh. But that is the premise of this book, going back in time and correcting mistakes. On Terrance’s 45th birthday he receives a discount card for one burrito per week from the burrito place his friend Suzanne owns “It was a very lame gift.” He gets a collage of wedding photos from his friend Winston’s wedding from Winston himself. “As a birthday present it kind of missed the mark.” From his friend Sean he gets an original 1989 Gameboy. Amazing, right?

The amazing comes when Terrance makes a trip to Aunt Belle’s shop, where Sean bought the Gameboy, and finds out that the time travel claim is real. And so, for this 45th birthday, he wants to go back and erase the biggest mistake of his life, his ex, David. The time travel set up is very low tech and has set rules. Mainly, you can only go back to your own past (sigh, no Freddy) and no matter how he tries, Terrance isn’t able to do what he wants.

The thing is, the past doesn’t cooperate when you want it to. David must not get Terrance’s phone number under any circumstances so the decades spent with the meth addict, the money shelled out for rehab, the lying and cheating and stealing, the finally getting clean and then leaving Terrance for someone else, all of that will be avoided.

As Terrance goes back in time (more than once) things become clear but don’t. Cryptic, I know. I found this to be funny and a little bit sad too, so much time lost. The story is less about science fiction time travel and more about time itself and what it takes to see what’s in front of you. Things you don’t know, other people’s secrets, those things affect your present when you find them out in your past and they can make your present (and so future) better.

Even if you can’t mess with your past.

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