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However Hard You Try, You Can’t Run Forever, a guest post by author Myra McEntire

I counted my Doctor Who shirts.

I won’t give you the exact total, because anything over twenty would be ridiculous and . . . I’m ridiculous. 

Is it my fault TeeFury makes awesome shirts full of pop culture goodness for ten-ish bucks? Should I be the one to shoulder the blame for their masterfully evil plan to offer a totally new shirt every twenty-four hours? Am I responsible for the artists who excel at making Doctor Who art? For the rabid fans that keep demand high? For my trigger finger on the mouse, or the ease of shopping while wearing jammies,or my compulsion to own ALL THE T-SHIRTS?

Don’t answer that. 

I have retro travel posters for Gallifrey and Skaro in an online shopping cart RIGHT NOW.  purchased a tiny Tardis to hang on my Christmas tree. I‘m searching for the perfect shirt to wear at NCTE/ALAN so I’ll match my Fourth Doctor arm warmers.

I know the first step is admitting the problem.

The next series of Doctor Who starts on November 23rd, and I don’t know how I’m going to watch. Not due to the fact that the writing team has no regard for their own canon, or proper world building, or because emotion was largely absent from the last series. For me, Doctor Who is so closely tied to my books that the thought of revisiting the show, even with a new Doctor, makes me flat out wibbly wobbly. 

My time traveling days might be over.  The Hourglass series is complete at three books, and the characters (well, the ones who are still alive) are happy. 

There are Doctor Who references in all three of my books. Not one was planned. They just jumped from my subconscious to the page. Even so, it took me a year to make a connection between my time travel adventures and the good Doctor’s. That was before all the paradox and theoretical physics research. (I’m pretty sure brain juice has stopped leaking out of my ears, but just in case, do you have any extra cotton balls?)

I’ve always been a fan of the ubiquitous cable marathon, especially when there’s housework to do. Thanks to SyFy–Sci Fi back then—and a new baby, I discovered a lovable alien with two hearts and a sweet ride. Funny, charming, and BRITISH. I caught reruns when I could, and was genuinely confused for a while. (“Bad Wolf” came before “Rose” for me. Can you even?)

Number Eleven is the first Doctor I experienced chronologically from beginning to impending end. Hourglass came out the week after I learned who River Song really is in “A Good Man Goes to War.” I turned in the last draft of Infinityglassshortly after I discovered who was hiding at Trenzalore.  

I’m certain that I’ll be watching on November 23rdalong with every other Whovian (especially since I’ll be in Boston with Beth Revis, who would cause me physical harm if I tried to do anything else), but I’m also certain it will be bittersweet. It’s fitting for me to say goodbye to the Hourglass world as I say goodbye to the eleventh Doctor. Ends make way for beginnings, which are shiny and scary and wholly unknown, but deserve the chance to stand on two new (regenerated) legs, or to live between two covers.  

We can always revisit the past through reruns and rereads, but the future is where the next story lies. Remember . . . 


Author Myra McEntire is the author of the ridiculously awesome Hourglass series.  This is a series full of time travel and romance and one of the very few books that actually made me swoon.  Seriously, read Timepiece.  And Infinityglass has one of my favorite representations of slowly building intimacy and consent.  I recently abandoned my children and paid hard earned money to drive on toll roads into unknown places in the dark of night to meet her – and it was worth it.  You can find all of the Hourglass books – Hourglass, Timepiece, and Infinityglass – at EgmontUSA.com. I am obviously a HUGE fan and the fact that she wrote this post for us has made my life complete.

Look it’s Karen stalking meeting Myra McEntire
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This post is part of TWO marvelous blogging events!

Sci-Fi Month is brought to you by Rinn Reads. Check out the full schedule of Sci-Fi Month posts! There are reviews, discussions, giveaways, and more!

Doctor Who Week is a joint venture between  Maria’s Melange and Teen Librarian Toolbox. We have a full week of fun posts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

In the Kitchen at The Library as Incubator Project with Myra McEntire

And check out my review of both Hourglass and Timepiece by Myra McEntire
The Hourglass series is published by EgmontUSA

Tuesday Top 10: Time Travel

Since we are talking about Mr. Was and time travel, I thought we should put today’s Top 10 list together: Time Travel books! So I’ll share my list of Top 10 Time Travel books for teens, then you share yours in the comments. And if you are really brave, share a day you would go back in time to change or fix or just relive because it was pure awesome.

Read what Pete Hautman has to say about writing Mr. Was.

“No matter what your reality looks like, you’re the girl I’m in love with today, and the same girl I’ll be in love with tomorrow and all the days after that. Not just because of who you are, but because of who you were. It’s all part of your story, Em. And I want to be a part of your story, too.”

And don’t forget the sequel, Timepiece
“Life’s all about the revolution, isn’t it? The one inside, I mean. You can’t change history. You can’t change the world. All you can ever change is yourself.” Jennifer Donnelly
“People think they own time. They have watches and clocks and digital pulses. But they are wrong. Time owns them. Caroline B. Cooney
“We all have such stories. It is a brutal arithmetic. But I I am alive. You are alive. As long as we breathe, we can see and hear. As long as we can remember, all those gone before are alive inside us.” Jane Yolen
“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract“. Madeleine L’Engle

First in the Time Quartet by Madeleine L’Engle

“I still think about the letter you asked me to write. It nags at me, even though you’re gone and there’s no one to give it to anymore. Sometimes I work on it in my head, trying to map out the story you asked me to tell, about everything that happened this past fall and winter. It’s all still there, like a movie I can watch when I want to. Which is never.” Rebecca Stead
“There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.” Audrey Niffenegger

“You are one of the missing.” Margaret Peterson Haddix

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix is the first book in The Missing series

“You are so . . . 11:59” Scott Westerfeld

The Midnighters series is not really about time travel, but it is about bending time and I love it so I am including it.

As for travelling back in time . . . I would love to go back in time and just hold my babies again as little babies. Or the day I cracked open the first Harry Potter book, that was a fun ride.

Book Review: Timepiece by Myra McEntire

They have altered history, and now it’s time to learn what the consequences are . . .

Be warned: spoilers for Hourglass (previously reviewed), the first part of Myra McEntire’s series, abound in this review. Read at your own risk.

Timepiece takes off where Hourglass left us, although it is told from another character’s point of view.  If you read Hourglass, you know that Emerson and Michael stepped back in time to save one man from death, and that man was Kaleb’s father.  Now we get to see what it like to have mourned your father and see him live again.  Kaleb wasn’t dealing so well with his father’s death in Hourglass, but how will he deal with his resurrection?

They say that every action causes a ripple of reactions throughout the universe, and the people from Hourglass have made earthquakes.  Now, time rips are becoming more frequent, new people can see them, and sometimes you can interact with them.  The rules are changing and no one is quite sure what it means.

To make matters worse, Jack is moving in and out of these rips and showing up in unexpected places wrecking havoc.  Jack, it turns out, is not the only player in town.  There are more people then we know interested in Emerson and the ability to move through time, very few of them with honorable motives.  But it turns out that Jack is actually the very person that our gang needs, so they must employ unique measures to try and find him – which is a lot harder to do when you can hide in time as well as a space.

The shift in the point of view was jarring at first, it takes you a few pages to figure out who, exactly, is telling this story.  But Kaleb, well, he is exactly the right person to be telling this story because he is the one with the highest amount of emotional investment.  Kaleb is really forced to wrestle with some important questions as to who he is and what he is capable of doing, which makes for some good character development.  In addition, Kaleb develops an interesting relationship with Emerson’s best friend, Lily.  In many ways the relationship between Kaleb and Lily is much more organic and believable than any of the other relationships in this series, and it is exciting to see the push and pull and steady development of attraction between the two.  Where Emerson and Michael seemed drawn together by the magnetic forces of their powers, Kaleb and Lily develop an attraction for each other based upon their thoughts and feelings and interactions.

In fact, Kaleb and Lily are such dynamic characters that I found I cared less about Emerson and Michael and I appreciated the shift in focus.  I am not really a swooner and am often one who reads quickly through the romance to get to the action scenes, but Kaleb has a certain charm and pathos that even I found compelling; he will definitely make teen girls swoon.  So for those looking for some swoon in their sci fi, this is definitely the right series for them.

But don’t let the romance fool you, Hourglass and Timepiece are also some meaty science fiction with a uniquely developed look at time travel, paradoxes, and a cast of characters that each have their own unique abilities.  The town in Timepiece even seems to serve as a version of the Hellmouth, where these people are being drawn together by forces with unknown intentions to bring about unknown plans.  Each step is obviously bringing us closer to some monumental showdown which, given the premise of the series, seems likely to occur in any number of time periods.

As much as I liked the story and the action in Hourglass, add to that a more well rounded, developed cast of characters and you get storytelling magic.  Since I gave Hourglass 5 out of 5 stars, and I felt that Timepiece was in many ways a stronger story, I have to give it 5+ stars.  All the action and all the stellar pacing is still there.  In addition, all the science fiction juicy goodness is still there, but this entry into the tale just had a little something more in terms of character development.  The stakes have been raised, the ante upped, and the consequences have the potential to be much more significant affecting not only our cast of characters, but the world as we know it.

Demand for this title should be high (it crashed Netgalley when the ARC was made available) and teens everywhere should be asking for it, a definite purchase for your collection.  Timepiece also gets bonus points for continuing to have amazing covers and for how the covers tell the arc of the story so far.  Releases on June 12, 2012 from EgmontUSA.  This review refers to an unpublished ARC and there may be changes before it is released.