Time's Last Gift is my favorite Wold Newton novel. Period.
The story is a timeless one about a man who is the epitome of the hero archetype, and what that means in cultural and temporal terms for those around him, and for those yet to be born. Through the character of John Gribardsun, Philip Jose Farmer tells the story of a familiar hero who becomes the eternal man of myth, something that made Time's Last Gift a true classic.
Furthermore, using the concepts of time travel, archaeology, anthropology, and linguistics, Farmer is able to give the novel's four chief protagonists the tools necessary to remake the world of the past one person, family, tribe, and village at a time. Farmer was ahead of his time when it came to his views on the possible temporal and geopolitical ramifications of time travel. However, Farmer was also wise in his view that nature would allow for such tamperings, and still correct itself to keep the chronological narrative in check. At least on the surface, that is. Farmer wouldn't be Farmer if he didn't have a few jaw dropping twists that left fans wanting more. Farmer is the epitome of the writer as a trickster, and it shows in Time's Last Gift. Just when you think you have it figured out, Farmer throws you at least one or two curve balls. That's the sign of a great writer.
Moreover, where the Titan Books edition of Time's Last Gift soars is with the inclusion of the Afterword written by Christopher Paul Carey, and the extensive Gribardsun chronolgy written by Win Scott Eckert and Dennis E. Power. Carey, Eckert, and Power are accomplished writers who have carried on the legacy of Philip Jose Farmer as literary archaeologists and creative mythographers. In the eyes of this reader, their work is without peer on the subject of Farmer and his Wold Newton Family, and by extension, the Wold Newton Universe, of which Mr. Gribardsun figures prominently. Carey and Eckert expertly put Time's Last Gift in its proper context, and place, within this uniquely shared universe of heroes and villains who supposedly exist, did exist, or will exist in the "real" world.
Time's Last Gift is a great novel that will have readers guessing until the very end. For anyone interested in the Wold Newton Family and Universe, I would recommend that you read this novel first, and go from there. Perhaps to Win Scott Eckert's Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World, Volumes 1 and 2. However, if you are looking for a great time travel story with suspense and adventure, then Titan Books's edition of Time's Last Gift is the book for you. You will not be disappointed.