cover image A Day out of Time

A Day out of Time

Kelsey Clifton. Kelsey Clifton, $14.99 trade paper (356p) ISBN 978-1-71816-118-4

Clifton seamlessly joins ridiculous comedy with tender emotional moments for a highly enjoyable debut tale of time gone awry. It’s the day before the annual “Day out of Time,” when temporal rifts open that allow humans and others to pass from one time to another. Most people forget about the Day as soon as it’s over, remaining blissfully unaware that the past and future may have been changed. Those who retain their memories of it—such as sweet, naive Kevin Harrison—are recruited by Cirius and charged with shepherding timeslipped individuals back through the rifts to their proper time. Kevin’s first Day with Cirius is a doozy, and the episodic tale takes on a hilarious comic-book feel as he and the rest of Gamma Team contend with dinosaurs, an alien jazz combo, and something resembling a mountain troll. Clifton shines in her development of more personal moments, such as team physicist Millennia’s romance with a woman who’s a different age every time they meet or the discussion about which team members look white and male enough to be respected by a cohort of “very confused 18th-century Frenchmen.” This fun romp makes great use of its unusual concept. (BookLife)