14 Fantastic Reads That Bend Time

Jason Gurley, author of of the time-twisting novel Eleanor, shares some of his favorite books that play with the space-time continuum.


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Each time I sit down to write a story about ordinary people doing ordinary things, something goes sideways. A portal opens to another when or where; someone runs into their duplicated self in the grocery store. In my novel Eleanor, a fourteen-year-old girl tries to rescue her drowning family by blurring the lines of time itself. I have to blame this, I think, on my lifelong diet of fantastical stories that whirl around regular, everyday people. I have a particular love for stories that bend time in one way or another or play fast and loose with the rules.

Here are some of my recent and lifelong favorites, many of which I’ve come back to time and again to indulge this beloved pastime of mine.

Images: Author photo: © Rodrigo Moyses, Steve Collender/Shutterstock.com.


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About Jason Gurley

Jason Gurley

JASON GURLEY is the author of Greatfall, The Man Who Ended the World, and the fiction collection Deep Breath Hold Tight, among other works. His stories have appeared in the anthologies Loosed Upon the World and Help Fund My Robot Army!!! He was raised in Alaska and Texas, and now lives and writes in Portland, Oregon.

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