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Time's Last Gift (Wold Newton Universe Novel)
Time's Last Gift (Wold Newton Universe Novel)
by Philip Josť Farmer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic time travel story with incredible extras, 4 Jun. 2012
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Time's Last Gift is my favourite Philip José Farmer novel and I've been excited about receiving my new Titan edition for weeks! Well, it's finally arrived and I'm as pleased as punch with it!

Starting in 2070 this book is the story of a group of scientists, led by the enigmatic John Gribardsun, who travel back to 12,000 BC in order to study the Magdalenian culture. As is so typical of Farmer, you get a master class in understanding how such a trip into our history would actually work. The issues that would be encountered, the joys that would be discovered. It's a fascinating, page-turning read with an ending that will make you look on Farmer's imagination in awe. I promise, your eyes will literally widen as you read the conclusion.

This book is billed as a Wold Newton Prehistory novel and I guess most people conversant with Farmer's work will understand why that is the case. Even if you are not interested in a wider reading of Farmer's work you will have a fine time with this book. The story is informative, fast-paced and entertaining. As part of the wider Wold Newton Family it is a lynch pin novel that opens doors to countless possibilities. I sincerely hope that if this is your first foray into Farmer's canon it entices you to read more, you won't be disappointed.

If you're a Farmer fan you no doubt already have a copy of this novel (do check to make sure you have the later versions with the epilogue - that alone makes this Titan reprint worthwhile) so you may be wondering if it's worth buying this version. It certainly is! As well as the full text there are a couple of fascinating additions.

Firstly, there is an afterword from Christopher Paul Carey, a real expert on Farmer, who deftly explains the Wold Newton Prehistory claim. His writing is smooth and smart and eminently readable. A thoroughly recommended essay.

Secondly is a chronology of the book's protagonist, John Gribardsun, by Win Scott Eckert and Dennis E. Power. To say too much here would be to give away a major revelation that you need to read the book to enjoy. But suffice to say this is a fascinating and incredibly researched piece of work that succinctly puts a lot into perspective. Together with Eckert's chronology in The Other Log of Phileas Fogg this is an essential distillation for Farmer fans and scholars.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do.


The Other Log of Phileas Fogg (Wold Newton) (Wold Newton Novels)
The Other Log of Phileas Fogg (Wold Newton) (Wold Newton Novels)
by Philip Josť Farmer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, awesome extras!, 23 May 2012
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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.


2,000 Miles to Open Road (Five Star First Edition Mystery)
2,000 Miles to Open Road (Five Star First Edition Mystery)
by Trey R. Barker
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars 2000 miles of reading pleasure, 22 Sept. 2005
It took me all of two pages to be hooked on this book. Relentless action right from the start and it just doesn't let up; I just had to keep reading.
Hal Turnbull has managed to get his hands on a DVD that will save an innocent man and prove to his smart and honest brother that he is no killer. He has a travelling companion by name of Apple Valley. And he has a destination.
Hal's journey is full of weird characters and shocking situations, wound into a narrative that is mature, exhilarating and shocking. By the time the finale is reached we know what horror is on the DVD, have met some very unsavoury people and been treated to some vividly described action.
Trey Barker knows how to write, the dialogue is taut and totally believable and the plot development is awesome.This is one satisfying read.


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