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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic time travel story with incredible extras, 4 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Time's Last Gift (Wold Newton Universe Novel) (Paperback)
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.
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