Time loop
1. Mother of Learning - well developed, psychic spiders, great magic system and lots of loops.
2. The Perfect Run - a corrupt post-apocalyptic Rome with a witty superpower courier playing the Heroes against the Villains to find his childhood friend.
3. Dear Spellbook - inspired by Mother of Learning: a sorcerer in a land where sorcery is banned seeking to stop a conspiracy of the evil hordes
4. Reroll - Worm meets timeloop.
5. Master of the Loop - time loop to messiah on the wall against the zombie hordes
6. The 7 1/2 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Victorian murder mystery in a body swapping time loop
7. Truth Seeker - a Mother of Learning mimic. Not original, but it is fun and decently written.
8. The Menocht Loop - a fusion of inception's idea of layers with a time loop. Great start, falls off later...
9. Replay (1987) - one of the original loop novels with sex, drugs and rock and roll
10. The Great Core's Paradox - ouroboros LitRPG
11. RE: Monarch - a prince in a loop... unfortunately, the writing is pretty bad...
And more I have not yet read:
1. The first 15 lives of Harry August
2. The bleak walker
4. Strange Life of Ivan Osokin
5. 11 birthdays
Skeleton soldier who couldn't protect the dungeon (webtoon)
Time loop movies in the first comment.
If you like Time loop novels, check out second chance novels: https://www.novelupdates.com/viewlist/10749/
Movies you might also want to check out with time loop themes:
1. Groundhog Day
2. Edge of Tomorrow
3. Reset (Chinese drama)
4. The Map of Tiny Perfect Things
5. 12:01 (1993)
6. Deja vu
7. A day (KR)
8. Source code
10. About time
11. Before I fall
12. Loop (Hungarian)
13. ARQReply · 3 Likes · 1 · 0
Time loop is definitely an interesting genre that allows author to describe world layer by layer as protagonist comes to know more and more, immerse reader gradually as plot unfolds and secrets unveils. So... How come from all your lists this one receives least appreciation?..
If it’s by sheer amount of novels, this kind is definitely in the end of the query however if we re talking about size of novels themselves, and their readibility, unlike some other genres this kind is prone to increase in likability as the plot approach endpoint (reincarnation, second chance, kingdom building, for example, are usually interesting in the beginning then they slowly degrade and lose their charm as plot becomes stale). As such usually those loop genre novels leave us with a pleasant aftertaste when many others leave us with disappointment in the end. Isn’t it common sense to long for something good?Reply · 2 Likes · 1 · 0
My working hypothesis is that NU doesn't actually have that many good time loop novels, so people are unlikely to stumble across this list.
That being said, I was expecting a bit more love...
I kind of disagree in terms of when they get good though. Time loop novels, to me, are always best when you get to the first few iterations. Before the first loop happens, they feel a bit dull, usually because time loops have to start from somewhere undesirable, and by the end of the novel, you've seen the same scene 500 times already, but in the 2nd-5th iterations, you have the most to explore and develop.Reply · 2 Likes · 1 · 0