Posted by : atcampbell | On : September 15, 1998

Corrupting Dr. Nice by John Kessel

Nine people attended the discussion of John Kessel’s Corrupting Dr. Nice. This is a time travel novel featuring elements of screwball comedy, romance, and social commentary. The plot involves a wealthy scientist who travels back in time to get a dinosaur specimen, and the complications that arise when he encounters a father-and-daughter con artist team in ancient Jerusalem on his way back to the 21st century.

We all found the book readable and slickly written, and none of us had any trouble finishing it. We thought the story was clever and funny. Kessel’s concept of time travel was original and well-developed. The characters were mostly stock roles from screwball comedies, and we could imagine Cary Grant and Katharine

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