The Time Traveler Professor, Book Two:
A Pocketful of Lodestones
by Elizabeth Crowens
on Tour October 1-31, 2019
In 1914, the war to end all wars turns the worlds of John Patrick Scott, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Rebecca West and Harry Houdini upside down. Doyle goes back to ancient China in his hunt for that “red book” to help him write his Sherlock Holmes stories. Scott is hell-bent on finding out why his platoon sergeant has it out for him, and they both discover that during the time of Shakespeare every day is a witch-hunt in London. Is the ability to travel through time the ultimate escape from the horrific present, or do ghosts from the past come back to haunt those who dare to spin the Wheel of Karma?
The Time Traveler Professor, Book Two: A POCKETFUL OF LODESTONES, sequel to SILENT MERIDIAN, combines the surrealism of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five with the supernatural allure of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell set during WWI on the Western Front.
The Time Traveler Professor, Book Two: A POCKETFUL OF LODESTONES was the First Prize winner of the Chanticleer Review’s Paranormal Fiction Awards.
Book Details:Genre: Alternate History, Mystery, Fantasy Noir
Published by: Atomic Alchemist Productions LLC
Publication Date: August 1st 2019
Number of Pages: 334
Series: The Time Traveler Professor #2
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
This novel is the second in a series yet reads rather well on its own. You can read my review of Silent Meridian here. The novels are a combination of time travel, alternative history, fantasy and paranormal. Readers who enjoy all of those genres will enjoy this novel.
The novel contains a plethora of characters, including H. G. Wells, Houdini, Donnet, and Doyle, for example. Scott has lucid dreams and drug-induced hallucinations in addition to his time travel so there is a plethora of places and historical eras too, including one in the future. The element of reincarnation is included. Some of the historical people Scott meets in his time travels are ones he knows (as other people) in other time periods. The basic time period, up through WW 1, was a time when spiritualism was being explored. Scott does some astral projection and there is even a séance included in the varied plot. Spectres appear in the foggy mist from time to time too. Sometimes the narrative is in the universal voice and sometimes in the first person viewpoint of Scott.
Since this genre it out of my normal reading routine, I found the novel a bit confusing. I did not understand how the variety of times, locations, and people all fit together to form a cohesive plot. And we are left at the end awaiting a sequel. Crowens certainly does have an amazing imagination. Readers who like mind boggling adventures will enjoy this one.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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Crowens has worked in the film and television for over twenty years and as a journalist and a photographer. She’s a regular contributor of author interviews to an award-winning online speculative fiction magazine, Black Gate. Short stories of hers have been published in the Bram Stoker Awards nominated anthology, A New York State of Fright and Hell’s Heart. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America, The Horror Writers Association, the Authors Guild, Broad Universe, Sisters in Crime and a member of several Sherlockian societies. She is also writing a Hollywood suspense series.
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