Monday, April 2, 2012

So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler's Guide to Time Travel Review

So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler's Guide to Time Travel
by Phil Hornshaw and Nick Hurwitch


Stop! Stop reading this. I don't think you have the mettle to know anything about time travel. It's not the way you think it is and frankly many better time travelers than you have possibly met grim and painful deaths at werewolves, caveman, Genghis Khan, and just embarrassment from the Harlem Globetrotters. Possibly, read Super Punch or Comics Alliance, they're pretty good sites, right now.

Oh, your still here? Good that was all at test and you kept your cool. This is somewhat how So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler's Guide to Time Travel starts off and like someone I met in line for a MOCA art event about Wormholes who interned at a travel magazine even though he's going into accounting and introduced his brother's boyfriend to me, it was a little bit awkward. Awkward and funny in a good way. The writing is like someone talking to you and trying to make you laugh while explaining some key things about Time Travel. It was such a better experience than that strange Asian, soon to be accountant, who has a gay brother who acts way to effeminate in the line for a Wormhole Passport, damn you MOCA Engagement Parties, you seem more fun on paper than you are.

Sorry, just.. just let's get back to uh...Time Travel.

The book likes smacking around ideas and cousin lovin' Einstein, anyone whose been in public school might know that the genius had the fever for cousin loving. Not only Einstein getting made fun of, but Doc Brown and the different ways to achieve time travel. This includes all the best known sci-fi ways explained with the real science that we can't actually achieve to produce them.

You can't break a few legs, I mean eggs, sorry, mob years bubbling back, without screwing up the timeline. Analogy failed, and you might fail yourself at time travel, but not just actually traveling through time, but in the eras and problems that occur with it. Need to battle yourself? Best way to survive the Ottoman Empire perhaps? Time Machine Repair? It's all detailed throughout the book with illustrations when you get bored of reading and what to see pictures.

The books so thoughtful or well thought out or at least the human mind was used during most of it, that different time travel storylines have been worked out for you. Think about the same story you've seen in a sitcom. The same problems that befell Urkel, might befall you in the sense of time travel. You could be the Urkel of tomorrow!

Were there episodes of time travel on Family Matters? Probably, but back to this.

That means a section on how to deal with Hitler and Ninjas. That tells me, yet again that the two possible authors, who possibly were killed, might have been as nerdy as they were intelligent writers.

What this book, we still have paper books? Anyway, sometimes it seems Doctor Who himself wrote the book after some incident where Phil Hornshaw and Nick Hurtwitch, the so called authors died in some unknown alien attack and the Doc had to preserve the time line by finishing the book. Perhaps the guide was originally about car stains and how to remove them, but since the Doctor doesn't drive he wrote what he knew, time travel.

I can't think of a better time travel book guide.. is their another time travel guide...?  That might be another reason to get the only time travel book I can think of or not bother looking on Amazon to check, let's just say it is. Wherever the corpses or possibly living Phil Hornshaw and Nick Hurtwitch are, they wrote a time travel guide worthy of high praise and purchase or a very good book on car repair that the Doctor skimmed threw and got ideas from.

I'm somewhat amazed there isn't going to be any cross-promotion with the local Echo Park Time Travel Mart, instead IAM8BIT Gallery will be throwing at an art show based on Time Travel and the book April 13th. They also made that snazzy promo at the top. I'll remeindyou about the show the week of.