Thursday, 7 September 2017

6 Times I'd Visit If I Had a Time Machine

InvictusTime flies when you're plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far's birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he's ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. 

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far's very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

This post is inspired by a recent read (and recent release) Invictus! The crew of the Invictus were lovable and felt very real and the plot was incredibly exciting. It was the first book I had read by Ryan Graudin but definitely won't be the last! It also refueled by desire to build a time machine and go holidaying through time and space!

For the sake of making this list a little more regulated I'm gonna use those standard time travel rules in Invictus. Don't change the past. And Don't travel to the future. As tempting as both of those might be. I'm hugely interested in History so the idea of a time machine is immediately appealing to me (as long as I don't have to think about the science of it) and who hasn't wanted to join the Doctor on his adventures at some point or another?? So here are the places (or times) at the top of my time travelling itinerary! (I'm also working on the assumption that I have tech that lets me speak all the languages? - And no dates purely because I might love history but I am the absolute worst at remembering years).

1) Regency Era London
Because I've read ALL the Historical Romance so I at least have some small hope of blending in! Plus - the dresses! The dances! The literature! I couldn't live in the regency era but a visit would (I hope) be lovely. 

2) Tudor England
Specifically I would go and see some Shakespeare plays. This is a difficult one because the whole Tudor period (and then the Stuarts) is my specialisation - it being what I studied in school and what I'm most interested in. So if I could I'd probably spend all my time travel in this era - but that's an unimaginative answer! So Shakespeare it is!

3) Ancient Egypt
All of Ancient Egypt fascinates me but I'm thinking I'd love to meet Cleopatra. She is such an underappreciated woman who was so intelligent and tough and I just really wish I could meet her!! If I go back to when Caesar was around I could meet him as well (less interested in Marc Antony to be honest). 

4) Meet King Charles II
OK I know I said I wasn't going to spend all my time in the Tudor-Stuart time but but but I love King Charles II. I just. I have a bit of an historical crush on him and his reign is a big deal historically speaking. 

5) The Mayans
I actually haven't studied the Mayans since I was in primary school but I was intensely fascinated - and retained a fair bit of that information which is more than I can say about some of the other things I studied in primary school! 

6) Cretaceous Period
Because my little brother loves Velociraptors. I got him to watch Jurassic Park once and suddenly it became his favourite film and he is now obsessed. With all dinosaurs sure but mostly velociraptors. Not sure how safe it is to show up in a time machine and go on a raptor sighting but hey whats the worst that could happen? 

So those are my 6 top times to visit. Let me know when you'd visit if you had the chance! And if you've already read Invictus let me know what you thought of it as well - I really enjoyed the characters and the time travel and only wish there was more of the story! 

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  1. Cool topic! I'd love to go back. Seeing some dinosaurs would be awesome, and I'd love to see how they ACTUALLY built the pyramids! You know, just to lay that to rest. :)

    The Tudor period, too...

    1. OMG yes! Watching them build the pyramids and also going inside the Sphinx to see what really is inside - that would be incredible! And on the same note - Stonehenge! God I just really wish time travel was a thing now!! :)

  2. I'd LOVE to go back to ancient Egypt, I WANT TO SEE HOW A REAL MUMMY IS MADE. And then, yeah, definitely go through a freshly constructed and "occupied" pyramid with all the stuff they put there with the body. I'd probably like to go back to the 1920s, because that era just seems like a lot of fun. Then, OF COURSE, I'd go back to 1892 to Fall Rivers and go to the Lizzie Borden trial, maybe even TALK TO HER. Or, at the least, Emma and the maid. And then, of course, I'd also go back to somewhere around 1600-1610 to meet Elizabeth Báthory. IDEK what else, too many to choose from. Oh wait, I'd LOVE to meet Shakespeare and go to the Globe theater like, right after he opened it. This is a fantastic post!

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

    1. God we need a time machine!!! AND YES MEET LIZZIE BORDEN! OMG how did I not put that???