Nyet has already fleshed this one out at the Ballad, but I was gonna read it anyway, and now I can throw in my two cents.
As the back cover suggests, Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife is “a most untraditional love story.” Something I would argue is that authors’ first books are generally their best. Though, I will await another work by Niffenegger, I am not sure it will be as well thought out, inventive, and riveting as TTWife. The premise of this story is fantastic. Following the life of Clare, a normal, if dependent, girl as she falls in love predeterminately with a Chrono-Displaced Henry had me reading this book way late into the night. Actually what made this book for me was the prose. The ending is given away pretty much in the first 100 pages, but that’s not the point. Each step through time comes with a new twist, emphasized with a strong writing style.
I agree with Nate about Gomez being a bit, er, out of place? His character seemed better fit to The Highlander than a tender love story. However, I actually thought the punk rock references to be just right. What better in a story of a man lost in time than to have him be a fan of a genre lost in time: Punk. Now I know that punk isn’t dead, I revere my Velvet Underground and Ramones albums, but it is lost to the ages. No radio gives punk any play (though this isn’t so true of Satellite Radio).
This was a good book. I was really sad to put this one down when it was over, and I look forward to reading more from Niffenegger.