January 10th, 2020

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The Time Bender, by Keith Laumer

I'm sure Laumer spent more time thinking about the outfits that Retief wears than just about anything in this story. Even the publisher couldn't bother to have cover art with anything to do with the story:



Nevertheless, there are some cute scenes here and there, all in Laumer's typical light style.

A guy from our Earth dreams his way into a fantasy world and gets involved in some intrigues. Perhaps the most interesting thing is that it seems to slightly presage some of Zelazny's Amber -- the ability of certain special people to alter the world. The basis is not at all like Zelazny's, but like I said, it rings familiar.