An irreverent, liberal, twisty, time travel comedy! What if you could change history to eliminate slavery, World War II, global warming, and an egomaniacal nuclear-bomb-dropping US president? What if that change also made 5 billion people poof from existence? Would you do it? Time Is Irreverent explores those questions, as benevolent aliens send Marty Mann to AD 31 to correct an error in history.
Plot: With unexpected twists and turns, the storyline keeps readers entertained with its fast pace and humor.
Prose: The book is well written with lots of humor, although it tends to get a bit campy at times. The various characters have similar ways of speaking, so it's difficult to tell who is talking when there are no identifying dialogue tags.
Originality: Though the book makes use of familiar themes, it is nonetheless a fun and unique read.
Character Development: The characters are well developed, with flaws and weaknesses that make them relatable and likable.
Date Submitted: May 29, 2018
"Time Is Irreverent is a delightful romp that scores solid satirical points about religion, human nature, sex, the Trump administration, and a great deal more."--Tom Flynn, Free Inquiry Magazine
"Highly recommend. It's fun, clever, cool, witty, surprising, political, sexy, everything a sci-fi book should be. And as someone who's also written a sci-fi-time-travel-humor novel, I love that Marty Essen doesn't break the time rules he sets up from the start - so many sci-fi authors do, and as far as I'm concerned, that's just lazy writing. Not the case here! Yes, his characters learn and adapt and grow, but the foundation of his rules remain intact always. To repeat: fun, witty, surprising, sexy. Highly recommend."--Jeff Abugov, writer, producer, director, and Golden Globe Award, Peabody Award, and People's Choice Award-winner
"Ironic, original, hysterically funny, deftly crafted, and an impressively entertaining read from first page to last, Time Is Irreverent by Marty Essen is an especially and unreserved recommended for community library Science Fiction & Fantasy collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated science fiction fans that Time Is Irreverent is also available in a digital book format."
"Time Is Irreverent is a well-written, well-paced novel peopled with solid, likeable characters. Marty Essen is a talented author who has managed to wrap several complex threads into a light, enjoyable narrative. I hope he will continue writing in the sci-fi genre and I look forward eagerly to his future works."--Charles Remington