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Nobody remembers how the Causality War started. Really, there's no-one to remember and nothing for them to remember if there were; that's sort of the point. We were time warriors and we broke time.

I was the one who ended it. Ended the fighting, tidied up the damage as much as I could.

Then I came here, to the end of it all, and gave myself a mission: to never let it happen again.

©2021 Adrian Tchaikovsky (P)2021 Penguin Audio and Rebellion Publishing

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Brilliant time travel dark comedy

Again Adrian Tchaikovsky proves himself a master of genre fiction. Here he plays with various time travel tropes with confidence. He also reads his work well.

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Excellent if Short

Summing this book up I would say it’s “a demented Dr Who with a touch of Mr and Mrs Smith, thrown in for good measure.” Witty, (“coming from a Utopia he, of course, has no idea what sprouts are”) sardonic, without upsetting any of the politically correct brigades. As a narrator, I find him marvellous to listen to. He perhaps doesn’t have the range of voices a professional has, but I prefer his English terms and phrases better than quite a number of his other audible books. The book itself is way too short. I would have loved it to have been longer. It deserved to be longer.

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Timeosaur

A darkly comic time travel story from the talented Mr Adrian Tchaikovsky. This short story is full of dry, sarcastic humour and I enjoyed it immensely. It's the funniest book I've read by Tchaikovsky, despite the fact that the subject matter is actually pretty dark.

The basic premise is that a man has built a farmhouse at the end of time. He lives there alone, isolated from the rest of humanity in a landscape that is eternal and unchanging. His home is a full stop for the human race; here endeth history. Fortunately, stray time travellers occasionally stumble upon this end point to break up the monotony. Our hero is usually happy for the company, and after cooking his visitors a good meal, he murders them, usually by feeding them to his pet Allosaurus.

The story is told via a first person narrative, with the initial chapters focused on our hero's reasoning for his forced isolation and murderous tendancies. The gist of things is; humanity messed up the world and the past in a time war, and our hero is trying to protect what remains of human history. That's his rationale anyway, but things change when he gets a visit from the future, which should be impossible.

The plot is twisty and complex, with lots of time travel hijinks, philosophical pondering and a fair amount of violence. The contrast between the humour and more serious subject matter works well, and this would have been a deeply depressing book without it. Despite that, the ending is still a little dark and happens suddenly, but thematically I guess it makes sense.

One Day All This Will Be Yours is well worth checking out, even if some of the time travel logic might collapse under the smallest amount of scrutiny. It's the kind of creative, fun story I've come to expect from Tchaikovsky. It also has heart and even some melancholy, which is a hell of a lot to pack into a very short book. It would probably improve on rereading as there's so much to take in initially. I certainly wouldn't want to dissuade anyone from reading it more than once.

Audiobook - Tchaikovsky narrates this himself and does a bloody good job for the most part. His voice is well suited to our cynical, sarcastic hero, and he has good comic timing. The range of voices isn't brilliant and he's not a great actor, but I've heard much worse from author narrators.

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I liked it

A funny little book with surprising turns and an entertaining story line. I recommend it for a cheerful and casual listen.

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Incredibly imaginative

The author’s mind is wonderful - the situation he has dreamt up is truly astonishing and unique.

My only qualm is the characters are fairly one-toned and whilst every event in the book is a great showcase for the author’s imagination the actual story didn’t grab my attention at all.

The reading of the story was very good.

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  • 22-09-21

Excellent story- enjoyable

Excellent story as usual from this author & he did a great job of narration. Enjoyed very much.

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  • 09-09-21

A fun and quick read

I love most of Tchaikovsky's other work and this was no exception. It's a short listen but original and fun.

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  • Kocheria
  • 30-03-21

The Master

Adrian remains one the few master story tellers of any type of fiction. This story was both funy and poignient..may sound silly but it haunts me.

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  • 03-03-21

Great Fun

This book was a great, fun romp through time and space. You don't want to miss it!

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  • Jeremy R.
  • 21-03-21

enjoyed all aspects.

enjoyed the story, and surprised that author is a surprisingly good narrator! 👍

recommend this for a road trip. easy to finish in one drive.

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  • David P. Leonard
  • 10-03-21

Unique, funny and engaging!

Wonderful short story of a time-warrior at the end of all things. Dripping with sardonic narration by the author, this is a quick but entirely enjoyable tale that I didn't want to stop once started. Perfect for a rainy afternoon or a quiet evening.

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  • shawn hartzog
  • 11-04-22

a dark humored fun listen

a fun book about time travel snarkily read by the author.
I really enjoyed it.

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  • 17-03-22

another brilliant work from Tchaikovsky

another brilliant work from Tchaikovsky that deals with the paradoxes of time, travel in a thoughtful and entertaining way. A novel that studies the consequences of our actions and the morality of human struggle with a decent dash of humor to make the entire experience thoroughly enjoyable. highly recommend

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  • New Market Scott
  • 17-12-21

Not my style of SF

The story is something of a dark comedy, perhaps absurdist. If that's what you're looking for, this book will be great. Lots of memorable one-liners. And I always appreciate an author who does a good job reading their own book (which he does).

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  • Robean
  • 14-09-21

Meh

I usually love Adrian Tchaikovsky. He was fun to listen to. Story concept was good, fell flat in execution.