The Caveman by Colin Barrett

Author's Description:
What were human beings like thousands of years before the dawn of civilization? Lawyer Linda Powell, herself suffering through a deep personal crisis, begins to learn for herself when a man of that era is involuntarily catapulted forward in time by happenstance to appear as if by magic in her front yard. With her help he hesitantly begins to adapt to the vast changes that have occurred since his prior life as a spearhunter. But can such a man find a true place in the modern world?
Size: 489 KB ( ~ 92,729 words)
Genre: Science Fiction
Sex Contents: Minimal Sex
Tags: Ma/Fa, Consensual, Heterosexual, Fiction, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Slow

Review by Jetcrash747   [other reviews by Jetcrash747]

Reviewed: 2016-10-19

Being a caveman is an interesting concept in the twenty-first century, being called one is an insult for our fellow man. On that note we have 'Colin Barrett' writing 'The Caveman' a story of time travel for one " caveman".

The caveman that 'Colin Barrett' created in his story not rude, obnoxious or just plain dumb acting or any concept of stupidity. He raised interesting points about survival of the fittest if you were not smart you would not live very long. In the story we meet Hugo as the caveman, his real name being unpronounceable.

As we follow along Hugo deals with modern life meets falls in love and survives , a very good story well written from two different perspectives keeping me involved in the wrinkles of prehistoric man in the modern age. This story is well worth taking the time to read.

Plot: 9 | Technical Quality: 10 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10

Review by Jim S   [other reviews by Jim S]

Reviewed: 2016-10-19

This story has a unique organization -- it is told from the viewpoint of the two main protagonists. The author switches the viewpoint chapter by chapter. I thought this was suppose to be a no-no in writing. All that I know is that it worked admirably in "The Caveman."

This is a good story. From an implausible (time travel) beginning, what follows is a well laid out logical story. The main four or five characters are well developed and fully rounded. It is well plotted and pursues logically from the start to the final chapter.

One other point is worth mentioning. The author also tagged this story as Science Fiction but it's more Time Travel; don't let that scare you off if you're anti SF. And even the time travel aspect is just in the first chapter and necessary for the story's premise. Otherwise, it stays in the present

I didn't really see any glaring technical errors -- spelling, grammar, diction and homonymic errors may have snuck through my radar; if so, I can't remember them at all. The current rating on this story -- 8.30 at this writing -- is well earned. I strongly urge you to take the time to read it.

Plot: 8 | Technical Quality: 9 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10

Review by sam_w   [other reviews by sam_w]

Reviewed: 2016-10-19

I had a wonderful time reading this story/missive.

The basis was made very plausible, and the character development made me feel as if I personally knew the main characters. I did find the geo-relocation implausible, but the time travel was very real.

Thank you Colin, I can't wait for more stories in this genre, by such a skillful author.

Plot: 10 | Technical Quality: 10 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10