Review – He Stays a Stranger
He stays a stranger works as a bookend to The Stranger, because Rick never really gets to know anyone until Milena.
Back when I was originally putting together a wholly original time travel fantasy series, I came up with the story lines for A Long, Long Time Ago; Spring Thaw; and this one. The idea of Goodman, Schwerner, and Cheney being saved, only to be lost again, was a sadly compelling one.
Further, I needed a way to complete the time travel series. The title was perfect.
As the previous book, Shake Your Body, ends, Rick Daniels has been wiped from existence. The imperfect state of the Master Time File means that he, personally, stays and survives, but no one knows who he is. Rick is almost stateless. Hence it’s as if he is thoroughly cut off from everyone else. The most painful moment for Rick is when his own mother doesn’t know him, and his sister, Eleanor, screams for Security.
How it all works out, and what happens to Milena Chelenska, and the rest of the gang at the Temporal Integrity Commission, can be learned by reading the book, of course. However, I’ll admit I am not thrilled with the ending for Carmen Calavicci and a few others, like Polly Porter. I essentially just ran out of space.
- First of all, Johnny Rivers’ Secret Agent Man
- Chad and Jeremy’s A Summer Song
- Also, The Supremes’ Where Did Our Love Go?
- Ronny and the Daytonas’ Little GTO
- The Beatles’ Can’t Buy Me Love
- Lesley Gore’s You Don’t Own Me
- Finally, Jackie DeShannon’s Put a Little Love in Your Heart
- He Stays a Stranger on Ad Astra
- Also, He Stays a Stranger on Fanfiction.net
- He Stays a Stranger in Times of the HG Wells context
The story is Rated T.
I like the overall feel of it, particularly as it disperses the darkness of the series and brings it back to light. In particular, with the incredible longevity of Branch Borodin, it feels like my characters, in a way, will never die. Because I often have troubling letting go of characters, that ‘fact’ made it a lot easier to end this series. Although there are sequels because I can’t keep my hands off stuff!
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