I read a book about 8 years ago (2008/9)... I only read it once so the details are quite hazy, but I think:

  • It started with a double-decker-bus (it may have been set in London)

  • I can remember something about an hourglass that might have been important

  • She goes into a black hole (I think she's sent there by the antagonist(s) by being pushed through a shed?) and there're two weird shapes in there, like "spaghetti", and one of them tells her that the black hole stretches you out and then explains "spaghettification". I don't remember how they survived.

  • Probably not Johnathan Lethem's As She Climbed Across the Table. – Joe L. Oct 8 '15 at 21:38
  • @JoeL.no, but thanks for trying to help out :D – Mikasa Oct 15 '15 at 15:39
  • @Otis I'm not sure, the only bit that rings a bell in the other question is the bit about spaghettification, and I'm certain it was a novel as opposed to one story in an anthology. – Mikasa Oct 30 '15 at 16:23

It could be "The Men Who Murdered Mohammed" (1958), by Alfred Bester. I have no exact recollection of the plot, but it goes like this according to wikipedia:

When mad scientist Henry Hassel discovers his wife in the midst of committing adultery, he builds a time machine with the intention of killing his wife's grandparents in their youth, so that she will never have existed. When he returns to the present, however, nothing has changed. In a desperate attempt to alter history, Hassel begins killing historical figures of greater and greater significance, only to learn that the nature of time is very different from what he had thought.

It doesn't match the girl protagonist neither the black hole part, but it's the "spaghettification" part that definitely rang a bell to me (though I may be in the wrong):

"We're like millions of strands of spaghetti in the same pot. No time traveler can ever meet another time traveler in the past or the future. Each of us must travel up or down his own strand alone." "But we're meeting each other now." "We're no longer time travelers, Henry. We've become the spaghetti sauce."

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    Have you read "The Men Who Murdered Mohammed"? You can read it for free at the Internet Archive. Please read it and let us know if you still think it resembles the OP's description. – user14111 Sep 9 '17 at 1:44
  • It was 10 years ago, hence my doubts, but now I've read it again it doesn't fit at all, but for the spaghetti reference. – kikirex Sep 9 '17 at 11:19
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    It contains the word "spaghetti". Not really a good match. – Organic Marble Sep 9 '17 at 22:25
  • nice story though. first of Bester that I read. – Gnudiff Sep 11 '17 at 12:32
  • No, sadly :/ thanks for trying. I asked my mum if she had any idea what this book might be, and she had no idea. – Mikasa Oct 5 '17 at 22:26

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