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Tourmalin’s Time Cheques

Tourmalin’s Time Cheques by Thomas Anstey Guthrie
By: (1856-1934)

Tourmalin's Time Cheques is a whimsical tale that combines elements of science fiction and comedy in a unique and engaging way. The story follows the protagonist, Tourmalin, as he stumbles upon a mysterious set of time-traveling cheques that allow him to explore different eras of history. As Tourmalin navigates through various time periods, he encounters a host of colorful characters and experiences a series of humorous and sometimes absurd adventures.

The author, Thomas Anstey Guthrie, demonstrates a clever wit and a talent for creating elaborate and imaginative storylines. The pacing is fast-paced, and the plot twists and turns keep the reader engaged from start to finish. Guthrie's writing style is charming and witty, with a good dose of humor sprinkled throughout.

One of the standout aspects of Tourmalin's Time Cheques is the world-building. The author does a fantastic job of bringing each time period to life, with vivid descriptions and attention to detail that transports the reader to another time and place. From ancient Greece to medieval England, the settings are richly drawn and atmospheric.

Overall, Tourmalin's Time Cheques is a delightful and entertaining read that will appeal to fans of both science fiction and comedy. With its imaginative premise, engaging characters, and clever humor, this book is sure to captivate readers of all ages.

Book Description:

Peter Tourmalin is on a sea voyage back home to England from Australia, to return to his fiancee, and he is very bored. The fact that the time difference adds on extra hours to his boredom only makes it worse. So when he gets a unique opportunity to deposit his spare time into an account with the “Anglo-Australian Joint Stock Time Bank, Limited” he doesn’t hesitate for long. By opening this account, he doesn’t have to spend his spare time right away, but can withdraw it at any future date, when he wants a break. All he has to do is present a time cheque to any clock, and he is immediately brought back aboard ship to spend the time withdrawn.

Sounds perfect? Peter certainly thinks so, when on a dreary November morning in London, a little tired with his exacting fiancee, he presents his first cheque and gets to spend a sunny quarter of an hour aboard ship. However, things get complicated when it turns out the time withdrawn isn’t in consecutive installments, but all mixed up, leaving Peter often with no clue of any preliminaries or his relationship with the person he finds himself with. Since he is almost always dropped in the middle of a conversation this can be tricky – especially since his encounters include tete-a-tetes with not one but two beautiful young ladies (never at the same time of course!)… And things only get more and more complicated…

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - March 22, 2014
Subject: Tourmalins Time Cheques
A quaint and at times involved short story with some interesting turns. While the first seven chapters are pleasant to listen to, the eighth and ninth are jarring and stilted by comparison. The reading is redeemed by the tenth chapter and epilogue.

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