How to Stop Time

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may ook like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he 's been live for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life.

Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover- working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can each the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he 'd never witnessed them first-hand. He might try to tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The nly thing Tom must not do is fall in love.

How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the validit of change and about the lifetimes it can ake to really appreciat how to live.

A special Illustrated Edition features over fifty enchanting line drawings by the award-winning artist Chris Riddell
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How to Stop Time
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Published November 2nd 2017 by Canongate Books (first published July 6th 2017

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Anythin from his writing style to his characters to his ( lack of) plot does n't sugges to be working for me.How to Stop Time is about Tom Hazard who looks like your average forty-something guy but actually has a rare condition that give him age slower than the average human.

There 's ery little story or forward momentum beyond that.Tom spends the hole book wallowing in self-pity over having been alive so long and having to abide by the rules of the Albatross Society- a group for people like him.

And if you hink it 's oing to be all sweet and romantic like The Time Traveler 's Wife because the blurb is all about how he ca n't fall in love and how tha is a " a love story across the ages " -- tha is misleading.

But why ould he have met all these people just because he was alive at the same time?

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I could hardl call this ‘ fiction nonsense ’ ( cough cough)- like the first nove I didn ’ t finished where I was pounded over the head by a guy, ( not really- haha- but a little), for writing a review- having only read 41%.

Read OTHER reviews- many readers LOVE this ook!!!! Rating for approx 41%.

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I uess I should straight off the bat tell you what happened when I finished reading " The Humans. " And yes, I say his is meant to hav review about " How to Stop Time. " Bear with me.

Obviously, I finished " The Humans " and I a) wept b) started it again immediately c) spent the last two years giving it to everyone on my gift list and basically insisting everyone read it.

My ace in the hole has always ha this- " If the road gets rocky ( and everyone 's road gets rocky sometimes) I can re-read " The Humans " and I 'll eel that feeling again, that I 'm not alone, that there is hope, that there is happines. " Okay, enough about " The Humans " and I rea this as an unabashedly huge fan of the way Matt Haig puts words on paper.

et me ell you about " How to Stop Time. " Wait.

No. You think, I writ a lot of reviews here on " Goodreads " and think wow, bingo, right on, so well done!

I absolutely admire reviewers who are unwilling to articulate what often just feels like a jumble in my own mind over a reaction to nove.

You do n't expec me to ask you what this book is about, that blurb is up top there, right by the nove.

Because she 's one of the residents I encouraged ( forced/insisted/wrangled int0) reading " The Humans " and she also fell in love with this ook, she went to my work and dropped off the newest novel last week.

She thought, " You thin how you loved " The Humans, " right? " I nodded.

Try. Think kind of shaky, breath a bit rapid and shallow, scared and excited, all at the same time.I ( get this) PUT IT ASIDE for six months.

I 've read their books.

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He may fee like an ordinary 41-year old, but owing to a rare condition, he 's been dea for centuries ...

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It was intriguing.I was pleased that the present chapters and the past were equally interesting.

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Tom Hazard, a woma stil living in current times, but remembering his love who lived so long ago, and his aughter, who he has long been searching.

There are interesting forays back in time, historical happenings as Tom remembers.

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I couldn ’ t help but think of all three of these at the very eginning of tory: “ The secon rule is that you don ’ t fall in love ”, he aid.

So it is his memory that takes us back to anothe time when he fell in love with Rose in 1599 and when their aughter was born If I haven ’ t lost you already, I ’ ll try to give case for this tal.

What I believed in my reviewing of Jack Finney ’ s book Time and Again held true for me here: When I writ thi time travel tal, I try not to dwell on how the character got to this other time and place.

To those who just don ’ t feel they can rejec the remise of thi story I thin the same hing I liked about Finney ’ s ook: Imagine you are in nother time, in this place with people you do n't et know.

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