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The Other Log of Phileas Fogg (A Wold Newton Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Philip Jose Farmer
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"[A] jolting conception, brought off with tremendous skill." --The Times

"Any fan of Jules Verne s Around The World In Eighty Days (1872) should enjoy Philip José Farmer s The Other Log Of Phileas Fogg." --Fantasy Matters

"This is a master gamesman enjoying his craft, and it shows." --Slacker Heroes

"[A] jolting conception, brought off with tremendous skill." --The Times

"I m delighted to see it back after so long, and in such a classy package." --cbr

"[A] jolting conception, brought off with tremendous skill." --The Times

great tale that manages to completely change the original story without contradicting it or causing any continuity issues and the way Farmer manages to meld characters from different series is just genius --SF Book Reviews

"a simply wonderful yarn, full of corrections and side notes explaining the odd actions and peculiarities of the original novel s characters. --Starburst

"[A] jolting conception, brought off with tremendous skill." (The Times)"

"A fun, creative, imaginative science fiction fantasy." --Fandom Post

great tale that manages to completely change the original story without contradicting it or causing any continuity issues and the way Farmer manages to meld characters from different series is just genius --SF Book Reviews

"a simply wonderful yarn, full of corrections and side notes explaining the odd actions and peculiarities of the original novel s characters. --Starburst

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The “truth” behind Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days.

In this thrilling tale, the real identity and motivations of the mysterious British gentleman Phileas Fogg are revealed. During Fogg’s daring race around the world, he encounters his deadly rival Captain Nemo, also known as James Moriarty...

Features a brand-new afterword and chronology by Win Scott Eckert.

A Wold Newton Universe novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 976 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (14 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083J4QFA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Farmer is one of the premier literary gamesmen of the day, as his two "biographies" of Tarzan and Doc Savage showed. Here, he turns his attention to Verne...explaining discrepencies in Verne's AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS, involving the more famous Captain Nemo in the process (who is revealed not to be an Indian Prince, but Professor Moriarity). Infuriating to the literalist, but excellent fun for anyone with imagination. A little too dry in areas, and the dialogue is forced sometimes...which may be more Verne's defect than Farmer's, since he had to work with other author's concepts and characterizations. Still, quite excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, awesome extras! 23 May 2012
By PS
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've just received my Titan edition of The Other Log of Phileas Fogg!

Over the last three decades I must have read this novel three or four times and each time I have reverted to my Tor version from 1982.Being a big fan of the source novel I was delighted and fascinated with how my favourite author wound his own version of events in with the Verne classic. Rereading the book only added to the enjoyment as new depths of understanding and revelation became apparent to me. Philip José Farmer did a wonderful job with this novel and his love and appreciation of Around the World in 80 Days shines through the whole book.

I love collecting books, especially Farmer books, so of course this Titan reprint would be on my wish list. But what really sold it for me were the enticing new `extras' promised and, boy, do they live up to the promise! Win Scott Eckert's afterword `Only a Coincidence' has the sub title "Phileas Fogg, Philip José Farmer, and the Wold Newton Family." What follows is a gripping, fascinating, and erudite essay into the whole Wold Newton legend. These 23 pages are packed with facts, revelations, and interpretations that are as gripping as any piece of prose. Anyone wanting a full and detailed exposure to the Wold Newton Family need not look any further. I particularly love the Fogg-Farmer family tree and if your eyes don't widen suddenly as you take it in then you have better reserve than me!

Then follows a 10 page chronology, again by Eckert. Another fascinating read that distils, with absolute clarity, the major events linked with The Other Log of Phileas Fogg.

So, if you already own this book and have no intention of rereading it (though you'll miss revisiting an old friend!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clarifies many odd points in Verne's story! 14 Jan 2003
By Kendal B. Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book isn't quite a parallel novel to "80 Days;" it is more like a double take of that book. Farmer extends his "World Newton Family" in Verne's classic, and makes Fogg's mission an intergalactic battle against Captain Nemo, who Farmer believes is Professor James Moriarty of the Sherlock stories.
Farmer, one of the greatest student of "Pop Pulp" culture manages to combine the heroes of the popular literary world in to a coherent world system. In Farmer's world, Tarzan is related to Sherlock Holmes, and Doc Savage is the grandson of Jack London's Wolf Larsen. In a certain sense, we all do this on our own. For example, what would have happened in "A Tale of Two Cities" if the Scarlet Pimpernel had saved Sydney Carton from the guillotine? Farmer's "World Newton Family" functions along these lines. He has even made two rough genealogical charts showing who is related to whom.
As Ir ead this book, two things struck me. First, the approach of this book reminds me of Crispin H. Glover's attempts to read new stories into old classics. Secondly, Farmer clarifies many of the odd things about "80 days." How does Fogg know everything about all of the odd lands. How does he know all the schedules of every boat and train everywhere in the world. Why would a man who lived such a controlled and regimented life on a sudden take a trip around the world just to win a bet?
I recommend that you read Verne's book first, and Farmer's second. I didn't do this, and am still regretting it. I kept on reading Farmer's book into Verne's story, and couldn't enjoy Verne's spell.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neat Little Book 12 Jun 2006
By pj - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In retrospect it reminds me a lot of Kim Newman's Anno Dracula, both in terms of concept and style. Enough to make me wonder if Newman wasn't inspired by it. The book claims to be based on a recently discovered manuscript written by the hero of Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days. This manuscript tells a distinctly different version of the events that Verne recorded. Instead of a wealthy dilletante with a taste for odd wagers, Phileas Fogg is an agent of an alien race who have been conducting a secret war on earth for years. His race around the world is part of this arcane war generally designed to help ferret out Fogg's nemesis: Captain Nemo. This premise alone should give you a feel for the book. Farmer doesn't work in quite so many literary references as Anno Dracula does but he does a great job of weaving his story into the interstices of Verne's novel and inventively "explains" a lot of oddities in the earlier book. He also manages to work in real life mysteries of the time such as the Mary Celeste. The book has a great pulp adventure feel involving secret wars, classic characters, and teleporting watches. There's also an essay in the back which dissects Nemo's character (with an aim towards refuting the idea the speculation that Nemo was a heroic Indian freedom fighter). It also advances the highly original notion that Captain Nemo is none other than Professor Moriarty.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, awesome extras! 23 May 2012
By PS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've just received my Titan edition of The Other Log of Phileas Fogg!

Over the last three decades I must have read this novel three or four times and each time I have reverted to my Tor version from 1982.Being a big fan of the source novel I was delighted and fascinated with how my favourite author wound his own version of events in with the Verne classic. Rereading the book only added to the enjoyment as new depths of understanding and revelation became apparent to me. Philip José Farmer did a wonderful job with this novel and his love and appreciation of Around the World in 80 Days shines through the whole book.

I love collecting books, especially Farmer books, so of course this Titan reprint would be on my wish list. But what really sold it for me were the enticing new `extras' promised and, boy, do they live up to the promise! Win Scott Eckert's afterword `Only a Coincidence' has the sub title "Phileas Fogg, Philip José Farmer, and the Wold Newton Family." What follows is a gripping, fascinating, and erudite essay into the whole Wold Newton legend. These 23 pages are packed with facts, revelations, and interpretations that are as gripping as any piece of prose. Anyone wanting a full and detailed exposure to the Wold Newton Family need not look any further. I particularly love the Fogg-Farmer family tree and if your eyes don't widen suddenly as you take it in then you have better reserve than me!

Then follows a 10 page chronology, again by Eckert. Another fascinating read that distils, with absolute clarity, the major events linked with The Other Log of Phileas Fogg.

So, if you already own this book and have no intention of rereading it (though you'll miss revisiting an old friend!) you really should consider buying this edition for the extras. They're worth every penny of the cover price. And if you're new to all things Wold Newton you couldn't wish for a better introduction. Thank you, Titan, for this wonderful reprint, and thank you Mr Eckert for the effort and thought you put into such wonderful extra material for this book.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complete fun from page one! 13 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I think I was 19 when I first read this novel. It was my first encounter with Farmer's brand of 'behind-the-scenes' stories and i have very fond memories of the book since I loved "Around The World In 80 Days" as a kid. Now I've really got to turn my mother's basement inside out and find the damn thing and re-read it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fact Presented as Fiction - but How Did P.F. Get to Sacramento? 16 Feb 2012
By Christopher A. Fulkerson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Philip Jose Farmer's continuing research led him to revelations about an ongoing war between two rival camps of aliens living here on Earth, and these impinged on some well-known cultural figures' lives and works, and when he discovered them, he sometimes worked them out and presented his findings in book form. Of course, he had to present them as fiction, since no one would believe the alien bit. This is one of those books.

Farmer tells us directly, "This is not a novel but a reconstruction of a true story" (Page 57). Farmer doesn't pretend to have all the answers. That would not be possible. He does make mistakes, for example he didn't himself know that the American intercontinental railroad didn't go all the way to San Francisco, that it came only as far as Sacramento. This would not be important except for something Farmer tries to do, as I relate below, with knowledge that depends on this. Since Verne leaves out how Fogg got to Sacramento, there is what turns out to be a crucial lacuna in the story as Farmer would have us believe it, though it is not difficult to believe that the actual Phileas Fogg just took a coach for that particular 85 miles, or took an everyday ship up the Delta. Farmer seems not seem to have known of even the existence of the Port of Sacramento.

Here is one evidence that the story is not "made up." The back story of the war between the aliens casually mentions on page 222 that the two methods by which the aliens might bring down the Earth were by introducing nuclear weapons, or by global pollution. In 1973 the first possibility was generally believed, but the second was far outside the realm of the plausible. Now we know otherwise. With their advanced technology, the aliens knew what the actual risks were, and studying them, Farmer came across the truth about the pollution problem, which was already advanced enough that some scientists had begun to notice it, though no one suspected the enormity it would later assume. In 1973, a fiction writer would know about the nuclear threat. But a fiction writer would be far less likely to be so sure that an Armageddon of pollution was actually a possibility.

Farmer isn't omniscient. He misses some obvious points. Sometimes he has only a plain storyteller's proximate understanding of the "story" so he misses for example that Fix could not kill Fogg once they were back in London, since that would blow his cover. Farmer temporizes "mixed emotions" that Fix didn't have. But he tries hard, and sometimes catches his fellow scribe, Verne, making similar mistakes. For example, Verne thinks that the only way Fix could have stopped Fogg once in London was with a warrant. But we know Fix didn't have a warrant; Farmer calls Verne on that point. In reality, Fix just put his hand on Fogg's shoulder, and said "I arrest you in the Queen's name." The explanation of why Fogg but not Passepartout was arrested makes perfect sense: Fix wanted to keep the butler at large so his chiefs might still have a chance to steal the distorter from him. Fix only used as much English law as was necessary to achieve his sinister alien purposes.

Farmer's revelation that Nemo is Sherlock Holmes's nemesis James Moriarty is compelling. But an interesting typo appears in the TOR edition, which says: "IT IS not likely that... Captain Nemo... is... James Moriarty," when it should have said "IS IT not likely..." (My emphasis.) I think further research into this whole question is needed. This is a pretty broad typo to be in this particular place. Apparently, the project of revealing Nemo's true identity was obfuscated right up to the time of publication, with Farmer trying to get his information across, though with the enemy aliens trying to tamper with the text right through the publication process, to desperately prevent the truth from being stated in plain English. It seems the alien war extends right onto the desks of the editors themselves. It will be interesting to see what this much-lauded new edition is like. Upon what small editorial matters will the angels, or should I rather say aliens, dance?

Farmer knows the situation well enough to be given a reading. He knows for example that Nemo cannot be a trustworthy person, since he has "the black eyes of the Byronic hero-villain." He remarks on "the superior Anglo-American literary code which requires all heroes to have steely grey eyes." This was one aspect of the ways things are that Edgar Rice Burroughs understood when he told us John Carter has grey eyes. His eye color tells us he is trustworthy, a genuine hero, and no villain. But I wonder whether, even with his erudition and insight, Farmer was ever ready for the truth about Burroughs and Mars. If he knew about it, he took the secret with him to his grave.

Farmer withholds some facts that are too hot to handle, but leaves it to the inferrential powers of his readers. It should be obvious that the unnamed American Eridanean scientist whose lab burns down is Tesla. But of course the secret truth about the use by the US government of Tesla technologies, and their suppression by American industry insistent to make continued profits using the old technology, means that Tesla has to be downplayed here. Farmer's big mistake was to succumb to one certain temptation. He tried to write himself into the story in a conspicuous way. On the last page he dissembles coyly about the most important of these, when he says, a propos of nothing, that it is only a coincidence that his and Phileas Fogg's names have the same initials. You are by this time supposed to find it suddenly very easy to figure out that the real reason Philip Farmer knows so much about Phileas Fogg, is that Philip Farmer is, in fact, Phileas Fogg. However, this could not be the case. Farmer never knew know how Fogg got to Sacramento. If he had been Fogg, he would not have failed to relate that item. And there is no reason an alien would leave his name prone to decypherment through similar initials in names. On that point, Farmer is just playing with us. Or perhaps, he knows enough to be Fogg's brother, but simply doesn't know the last detail.

There is a large and growing literature that has been passed through writers who acknowledge that they are not writers, and actually call themselves merely editors: in this discussion alone we have met with Farmer, Verne, and Burroughs. There are many others. Some people think there may be some truth in Solzhenitsyn, for example. I believe that it is time for a comprehensive history of transmitted histories to be compiled and written by some ambitious crossover historian, eager to make a name for himself by blowing wide open a whole world of knowledge previous thought merely "fictional."

Second version posted 2/15/2012, same day as the first, by CAPF, Ph.D.
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