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Take a space-pirate, inspired by a long-ago Dark Lord. Take a long period of quarantine within the tiny confines of a stolen starship. Now take 42 busted, broken, or overbearing tropes of Fantasy and Science Fiction. One by one, the Dark Lord twists each into a strange shape and uses it to tell a new story--many of them disgracefully funny, some rather dark, and none of the Take a space-pirate, inspired by a long-ago Dark Lord. Take a long period of quarantine within the tiny confines of a stolen starship. Now take 42 busted, broken, or overbearing tropes of Fantasy and Science Fiction. One by one, the Dark Lord twists each into a strange shape and uses it to tell a new story--many of them disgracefully funny, some rather dark, and none of them suitable for vulnerable minds such as YOURS. So you should stay away from this book--far, far away--lest the words break the confines of their bibliographic prison and come forth to vent their endless rage and their even-more-endless snark. Jeff Mach, author of the bestselling "There and NEVER, EVER BACK AGAIN", brings you 250 pages of tight, interesting, usually satirical, often quite twisted stories, to light a fire in your belly like whiskey, and light a whiskey on fire, like an idiot who brought the wrong tools to a pub brawl. You can check out Jeff's work, updated 5-7 times a week, at his website, Jeff Mach Writes; you can also read it on his Amazon page. Do what you like; you have free will... ....probably.


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Take a space-pirate, inspired by a long-ago Dark Lord. Take a long period of quarantine within the tiny confines of a stolen starship. Now take 42 busted, broken, or overbearing tropes of Fantasy and Science Fiction. One by one, the Dark Lord twists each into a strange shape and uses it to tell a new story--many of them disgracefully funny, some rather dark, and none of the Take a space-pirate, inspired by a long-ago Dark Lord. Take a long period of quarantine within the tiny confines of a stolen starship. Now take 42 busted, broken, or overbearing tropes of Fantasy and Science Fiction. One by one, the Dark Lord twists each into a strange shape and uses it to tell a new story--many of them disgracefully funny, some rather dark, and none of them suitable for vulnerable minds such as YOURS. So you should stay away from this book--far, far away--lest the words break the confines of their bibliographic prison and come forth to vent their endless rage and their even-more-endless snark. Jeff Mach, author of the bestselling "There and NEVER, EVER BACK AGAIN", brings you 250 pages of tight, interesting, usually satirical, often quite twisted stories, to light a fire in your belly like whiskey, and light a whiskey on fire, like an idiot who brought the wrong tools to a pub brawl. You can check out Jeff's work, updated 5-7 times a week, at his website, Jeff Mach Writes; you can also read it on his Amazon page. Do what you like; you have free will... ....probably.

34 review for "I Hate Your Time Machine": A fiction-fueled guide to some of the worst tropes of Fantasy & Science Fiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Mach

    I think that I couldn't have written this book better if I'd done it myself, but then I realized I was lying, and I used my time machine to go back in time and write it, which makes this review a little self-referential, but at least it's true. I think that I couldn't have written this book better if I'd done it myself, but then I realized I was lying, and I used my time machine to go back in time and write it, which makes this review a little self-referential, but at least it's true.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Abantika(hiltonjenkin)

    I Hate Your Time Machine by Jeff Mach is a collection of 42 micro stories that takes a dig at the different cliches of fantasy and science fiction, both individually and as a whole. And oh boy what a ride reading this book has been!!! My mind is completely blown. The narrative is so different than anything I've ever read but in a TOTALLY AWESOME WAY. The stories are an unique mix of satire, (dark) humour and wit. I loved his take on the tropes and never had a dull moment while reading this book. I Hate Your Time Machine by Jeff Mach is a collection of 42 micro stories that takes a dig at the different cliches of fantasy and science fiction, both individually and as a whole. And oh boy what a ride reading this book has been!!! My mind is completely blown. The narrative is so different than anything I've ever read but in a TOTALLY AWESOME WAY. The stories are an unique mix of satire, (dark) humour and wit. I loved his take on the tropes and never had a dull moment while reading this book. The writing is engaging and full of snarky and sarcastic comments. They keep you extremely entertained. One of my most enjoyed stories was "10 Reasons Space Wizards Are Impossible". I'll recommend everyone to pick a copy of this!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Reyadh Rahaman

    (I was gifted this book by the author, but if it was trash, I would tell you so. Actually, I wouldn't, because I would not waste my time with writing an actual review for anything under 3 stars.) A Dark and fresh perspective. Mach yet again takes us on another twisted and entertaining adventure. Every short tale, or poem, in I Hate Your Time Machine is enjoyable, though to varying degrees. There are many consistent themes that play well with the many different concepts and settings you will experi (I was gifted this book by the author, but if it was trash, I would tell you so. Actually, I wouldn't, because I would not waste my time with writing an actual review for anything under 3 stars.) A Dark and fresh perspective. Mach yet again takes us on another twisted and entertaining adventure. Every short tale, or poem, in I Hate Your Time Machine is enjoyable, though to varying degrees. There are many consistent themes that play well with the many different concepts and settings you will experience. Themes of underdogs making their way in the world, of those who get shunned and looked down upon for being different. But most importantly, the humour to be found in life's misery. It's there, even if it's hard to see. That's what the stories in this book convey. Now, it is not perfect. There are some continuity errors. Even within the same story. Though, nothing I found was any more disturbing to my reading than a character's name being changed from 'Sonia' to 'Susan'. Also, this book is quite heavy on the name 'Susan'. Nothing wrong with the name 'Susan', but when you see the same name often enough you being to grow an aversion to it. Sorry if you're reading this, Susan. If you like dark comedy interlaced into fantasy and science fiction, you'll enjoy this book. The pros heavily outweigh the cons so much that I'm not even going to reduce the star rating for any errors that I found. The content is totally enjoyable for those who want a different point of view of fantasy and science fiction worlds. Different from the usually garbage that is clogging the internet. Worth your time AND money!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katalina Stone

    Interesting and unique This book was thought provoking. Jeff has gathered a list of fantasy/ sci-fi cliches over used in the genres and he's added his own spin. It offers any fantasy/ sci-fi writer or reader a unique view of these tropes and all while being wildly entertaining. You'd do well to avoid these tropes unless of course you're the Dark Lord! Interesting and unique This book was thought provoking. Jeff has gathered a list of fantasy/ sci-fi cliches over used in the genres and he's added his own spin. It offers any fantasy/ sci-fi writer or reader a unique view of these tropes and all while being wildly entertaining. You'd do well to avoid these tropes unless of course you're the Dark Lord!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rashell Lashbrook

    Hilarious! Not my typical read, but I needed something light. I laughed the entire way through! “I Hate Your Time Machine” is witty and fun. I highly recommend this book if you need something to take your mind off all the drama in this world...

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    Charles Owens

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    Rachel Helberg

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    Charles Owens

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    Alan Miner

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    Thepagemastermage

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