I really enjoyed this story. Timeline was a book that mixed sci-fi with fantasy in a pretty interesting and believable way. The book was a very easy and quick read and provided a nice diversion. One of my coworkers, Ed, also read the book and enjoyed it. However, he also saw Timeline the Movie and had nothing but bad things to say about it. As it so happens, he isn't the only one who had nothing good to say about the movie.
The funny thing is the book reads like it should be a movie. I can't think of a book I have read before where, when I was done, I thought - "man this has to be a movie" as much as I did when I finished this one. Supposedly the movie that was made from this book seriously departed from the book. What gives? I know movies are never as good as the book - but this whole book read like a screenplay. Why would they change it for film? There was very little dialog that wasn't spoken (as opposed to thoughts or asides). I almost feel like someone should remake the movie, but this time actually pay attention to the book. I'm really suprised Crichton approved this movie considering he is also responsible for Jurassic Park. I just don't get it.
Anyway, in the end let me just say, read this book. It is a good story and a fun read. If you don't have a lot of time for reading this book can still fit into your schedule becuase there really isn't much to it.