Reviews of Bearing an Hourglass (1984)
Review by spiphany (2004-10-12)
Easily the weakest of the series. It suffers especially coming right after the first book, which is excellent. The parts telling about Norton's life before he becomes the incarnation of Time are reasonably good, but the time travel and living-backwards themes are poorly developed, and Norton seems to spend most of his time as Chronos participating in some really silly staged fantasy scenarios in a "conterrane universe" set up for him by Satan.
(To explain the previous reviewer's comments: Norton possessed a magical snake ring, which would answer questions by squeezing his finger once for 'yes', twice for 'no', and three times for any question he could not answer with a yes or no. As an assessment of the book, three squeezes sounds about right.)
Review by ToyKeeper (2003-03-14)
Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze.