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Summer of Love, A Time Travel by [Mason, Lisa]
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Length: 384 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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A Philip K. Dick Award Finalist. A San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book of the Year.

The year is 1967 and something new is sweeping across America: good vibes, bad vibes, psychedelic music, lab-designed drugs, anti-war protests, racial tension, free love, bikers, dropouts, flower children.

An age of innocence, a time of danger. The Summer of Love.

San Francisco is the Summer of Love: a convergence where American youth seek a New Explanation, musicians who will go on to world fame hold free concerts in the park, and violence lurks just around the corner.

Lost in these strange and wondrous days, teenager Susan Bell, alias Starbright, has run away to San Francisco to find her troubled best friend. Her path will cross with Chiron Cat’s Eye in Draco, a strange and beautiful young man who has journeyed farther than she could ever imagine.

With the help of Ruby A. Maverick, a feisty half-black, half-white hip merchant, Susan and Chi discover a love that spans five centuries. But Chi has traveled across the centuries on a vital mission—nothing less than saving the Universe. He, Starbright, and Ruby must unite to save all of spacetime from demonic entities who crave their annihilation.

A harrowing coming of age. A friendship ending in tragedy. A terrifying far future. A love spanning five centuries. And a gritty portrait of a unique time in American history--the Summer of Love.

From the author of The Gilded Age, A Time Travel (A New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book), The Garden of Abracadabra ("Fun and enjoyable urban fantasy."), Celestial Girl (A Lily Modjeska Mystery), Arachne (A Locus Hardcover Bestseller), and Strange Ladies: 7 Stories ("A must-read collection." The San Francisco Review of Books).

“Remarkable. . . .a whole array of beautifully portrayed characters along the spectrum from outright heroism to villainy. . . .not what you expected of a book with flowers in its hair. . . the intellect on display within these psychedelically packaged pages is clear-sighted, witty, and wise.”
—Locus Magazine

“A fine novel packed with vivid detail, colorful characters, and genuine insight.”
—The Washington Post Book World

“Captures the moment perfectly and offers a tantalizing glimpse of its wonderful and terrible consequences.”
—The San Francisco Chronicle

“Brilliantly crafted. . . .An engrossing tale spun round a very clever concept.”
—Katharine Kerr, author of Days of Air and Darkness

“Just imagine The Terminator in love beads, set in the Haight-Ashbury ‘hood of 1967.”
—Entertainment Weekly

“Mason has an astonishing gift. Her characters almost walk off the page. And the story is as significant as anyone could wish. This book will surely be on the prize ballots.”
—Analog

“A priority purchase.”
—Library Journal

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3728 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bast Books (24 March 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003OIBGLC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #993,745 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Story 11 February 2015
By Kent Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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Summer of Love, A Time Travel is a fine story. Lisa Mason takes three interesting characters, a time traveller from a future 500 years hence, a 14-year-old midwestern runaway flower child, and hip shopkeeper and places them all in the fascinating place and time that was San Francisco's Summer of Love, 1967.

Mason has certainly done her homework. You can almost smell the pot and patchouli, see the painted faces and hear the sounds of Janis and the Grateful Dead as Chi, Starbright and Ruby fight to hold on to what really matters at a time when everything seems possible and even the smallest things can have huge consequences.

The time travel plot is nicely (if a bit predictably) done and the glimpses from Chi's future world are fascinating, frightening and ultimately hopeful. Starbright is 100 percent convincing as a confused, loyal, idealistic, moody teenager who really could hold the key to what is to come. And Ruby Maverick, the shopkeeper who reluctantly gives the two young strangers shelter and strength in a strange and wondrous time is strong and smart and the kind of friend you'd want holding your hand or watching your back when the trip starts going strange.

Summer of Love, A Time Travel is not a rose-colored look backwards. It's is a kaleidoscopic look at a time of both darkness and light, of confusion and clarity. It's scary and beautiful, a strange trip where maybe all you need is a little love and some flowers in your hair.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Summer of Love is an amazing read. The Kindle Edition has been CHANGED 30 October 2011
By CherylAnn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The three-star rating is for the Kindle Edition. The original story gets a five-star.

This has been one of my favourite books for a very long time. I picked up when it came out in paperback in the mid-nineties, and have re-read it many, many times. I love the story, the descriptions of the characters and the description of the Haight-Ashbury scene in the late-sixties. I lost my paperback copy some years ago, and having switched to a Kindle, I really, really wanted this novel in the Kindle format. I was thrilled (ecstatic, actually) when I discovered it listed as a Kindle Edition. I started re-reading it the same night that I got it; despite the fact that I was in the middle of another, very good, book. I started noticing that things were different almost right away. Names have been changed, much has been left out, and other things have been added. IT IS NOT THE SAME STORY! Granted there is a page in the Kindle Edition that notes "This is an ebook adaptation of Lisa Mason's classic Summer of Love", but I am of the opinion that this is not enough of a warning to fans of the original story that this IS NOT THE SAME STORY.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Professor Zoom's "real" name in the book is Arnold, in the Kindle Edition (K.E.) it is Harold. Chiron's descriptions of "hot dim spots" and the data missing from the Archives has been whittled down to the point where that fact is not even a plot point. Starbright's Granma has died (K.E.) and not her Grandpa. It is now the Grandmother Principle (K.E.) not the Grandfather Principle. Venus Rising has had her name changed to Venus Blue (K.E.). These, and many other little changes, were fairly annoying during my re-reading of the K.E., but things that I could get used to (maybe...). What really got to me, however, is how the author/publisher, or whoever, decided that it would be a great idea to change the nature of the relationship between Starbright and Chiron. In the K.E., Chiron and Starbright fall in love and he decides that he will stay in the past! Starbright then talks him out of it.

The Kindle Edition has taken a well written, many dimensional story and turned it into a bland Novella. If you love the original, do NOT read the Kindle Edition and have that change for you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Strange book 28 January 2015
By lyndacorcoran - Published on Amazon.com
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Quite a bizarre book. I'm only about half way through, but it can be a tad hard to follow at some points.
If you're interested in fictional, 1967 Summer of Love stories for young adults/teens, check out 'My Beautiful Hippie', that's a great book.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Calling All Fans 7 March 2002
By Ed Luhrs - Published on Amazon.com
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Summer of Love is an important American literary contribution that may very well have a strong and viable fan base. Where are you? Join us!
This novel is loads of fun to read. The majority of the characters are hippies from the 1960s who meet a stranger from the future who's looking to save his world. This fellow, Chiron, needs to find a troubled adolescent teen named Susan Stein (a.k.a. Starbright) for a very compelling reason. The book has a great deal to offer: swift action, lovable characters, spiritual insight, and well-chosen primary documents such as essays, poems, and news articles which round out the reader's understanding of the worldview of the novel.
I think Summer of Love has excellent potential for a wider audience. I hope it continues to enjoy a healthy amount of sales in the used books market on this site. I wish even more for it to be in wider circulation. Some books talk about the sixties. This novel IS the sixties, thanks to the spirit and scholarship of its author. And, as one reader aptly put it, "the sci-fi stuff is just plain off the hook." Get a copy. Most people who have read it seem to respect it and enjoy it every bit as much as I do.
4.0 out of 5 stars I love all things sixties and anything involving time travel 26 August 2015
By Bret McCormick - Published on Amazon.com
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I love all things sixties and anything involving time travel, so Lisa Mason's SUMMER OF LOVE was a perfect fit!

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