Time Crawlers by Varun Sayal

Time CrawlersTime Crawlers by Varun Sayal
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Time Crawlers is a series of six short stories which revolve around scientific questions and possibilities. Each story has it’s own theme and don’t appear to be connected to each other. The first story Hell Weapon is about a man who is out for revenge who possesses a weapon capable of destroying Earth, in my opinion, it comes down to a moral question in the end. Death by Crowd is the second story and is done in an interview style between a media host and someone who is basically the head of the dark-net who has their own cryptocurrency and appeals to the inhuman part of humanity by televising a pay-per-view show of people’s deaths. The third is a super quick read called Genie, and this one was of my favourites. It is a brief exchange between a Genie, and the man who rubbed the lamp, I found this quirky and funny, and definitely a very clever take on the Genie mythology. The fourth story is Time Crawlers and talks about a small amount of beings who exist outside of time, who can be present in different time periods as they wish – this one was probably my favourite, I loved the way it was set out and I found it to be incredibly clever. The fifth story is called Eclipse, and focuses on the existence of not only 3D beings but also 4D beings, it follows a ‘knower’ who can see the 4D beings for what they are, and his attempt at finding a weapon that will kill the 4D beings once and for all. The last story is called The Cave, a dark entity has taken up residence on a planet and is slowly draining the energy from it which will inevitably cause the apocalypse. I also put this up there as one of my favourites.

I found this series of stories to be an incredibly quick read and super well done. The writing style was incredibly pleasant to read, it had almost a sing-song quality to it which always endears a book to me more. I love how the scientific parts of the stories were explained, they are still complex enough that one has to think about what they’re being told, but easy enough so that your brain doesn’t explode trying to understand it. The explanations are not dumbed down which I really liked, it showed that the author doesn’t believe that the readers are stupid, but also understands that not everyone is going to understand what they’re being told, so takes a nice approach at simplifying things.

I loved the range in these stories. They were all completely different to one another yet still followed similar themes. The dark-net story had me thinking, I’ve no doubt that there is probably something like this actually happening in the world at the moment, and it’s terrifying and creepy to realise how inhuman humanity can actually be. Theses stories are designed to make the reader think deeper about certain things, it makes you wonder as all of these stories sound completely plausible. I mean, what if there is an Alien race that has been inhabiting this planet since before humans evolved from primates? It really raises some great talking points and I feel that these stories would be fantastic conversation starters. I’m actually going to recommend this book to one of my friends who is incredibly scientifically minded, I can’t wait to see the discussion that we’ll have about it.

Thank you Varun Sayal for bringing your book to my attention, I’m so grateful that I was able to read it, and I may not have discovered it on my own. I cannot wait to see what you do next.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Varun Sayal says:

    Thanks a lot Jessica for this detailed, well written and honest review. I am sure you will love my upcoming book which is a time-travel sci-fi fantasy. 🙂


    1. Jess Smith says:

      Thank YOU! I can’t wait to read it!!

      Liked by 1 person

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