500年のトンネル 上 創元推理文庫 F フ 7-1 文庫 – 2003/6
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The story is about a modern-day corporation that invested in a large amount of land in the 16th century that is known as The Borders. In the 16th century this was a lawless area that the English could not control very well, it hid many criminals who were wanted by the Crown. The Sterkarms are known for the untrustworthiness of their agreements and live in this area The company sends scientists back to explore the mineral, agricultural and tourist potential of their purchase and they present themselves as 'elves' to the inhabitants and guarantee the cooperation of the Sterkarms by supplying small white pills to the patriarch of the clan which help the pain from his arthritis. After a raid, the son of the Sterkarm patriarch is seriously wounded and taken back to the 21st century to be healed and he soon realizes that he is a prisoner; a hostage that ensures the Sterkarms will keep their word. He is also horrified about what the modern world has become.
There was just so much violence in this book that I could not really enjoy it and while violence has its place I feel that is has been overused here.
2/5 STARS: **I want to thank the author and/or publisher for providing me with a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review; all opinions are mine.**
Brain-bending time-travel fiction this isn’t; the fact of the Time Tube is taken as a given, and if you as reader can do that too, then you are in for a hell of a ride. Look, time travel just works, okay? This story is about how breaking the laws of time is a piece of cake compared with handling human beings. Modern corporate greed + feudal 16th century culture is an irresistible formula, a bit like sulphur + saltpetre + charcoal + fire. Best to stand well back. And it doesn’t help that the corporation’s only competent translator – the wonderful protagonist, Andrea – is in love with the chief’s son.
Can this possibly end well? The great thing is that at no point can you ever predict what is going to happen, and yet when it does happen it’s as inevitable and unstoppable as a landslide. The sheer realism alone is a breath of fresh air. There are no archers here with implausible aiming skills – these bowmen miss as often as they hit – and guns jam, and safety catches cut your finger, and wounds go septic. Best of all are the astonishing passages in which we see our modern world through the eyes of 16th century characters, so that you end up seeing even a humble aspirin in a new and even magical light. I literally couldn’t stop reading, my hand was getting cramp from holding the book. Four hundred pages never felt so short, and at the end I turned straight to page one of the sequel, A Sterkarm Kiss.
I wish these books would be reissued and given the same kind of push that YA phenomena like Twilight and The Hunger Games have received. The younger generation deserves to discover what a truly great series really looks like. In every aspect, from the mighty imagination on display, to the amazing attention to detail and historical accuracy, the pace of the plot and the sheer quality of the writing, this is head and shoulders above most other offerings.