My Travels with a Dead Man is an intriguingly layered and action-packed read that you won’t be able to put down.
I loved the mixture of fantasy elements used to create this story. From multi-verse theory to time travel to mythological gods, My Travels has it all and brings them together to leave you breathless. Each new reveal of abilities and where they came from left my head spinning and contemplating the possibilities. It’s not often that I find so many of my favorite elements in one smartly told package.
I enjoyed the inclusion of two famous authors as characters. Jorge Luis Borges and Bashō. I am not familiar with either of their works that I can remember, but I did recognize their names immediately. It is interesting to see what their characters add to the story and made me interested in looking up their works after I finished.
The story is told in first-person narration through the main character, Jane. Experiencing it this way helped me understand how discombobulating the acquisition of supernatural powers could be and helped me fully appreciate Jane in a way that third-person narration could not have accomplished. On the flip side, it is tough to be in the mind of someone who feels like she is going crazy. As the story flits from scene to scene and doubles back, I found myself lost and confused, just like Jane. It’s an interesting technique to use to tell the story, but it’s challenging for the reader.
This is an excellent read for anyone who loves action-packed roller coaster rides because this story will surely take you on one.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book
Jane Takako Wolfsheim learns she can alter time and space after meeting a charismatic stranger named Jorge Luis Borges.
Inextricably she falls for Borges. Soon, however Borges’ lies and emotional abuse, and nightmares about a demonic figure, “the man in black,” nearly drive Jane mad. After her parents are murdered, Jane flees with Borges. Both the ghost of haiku master, Basho, and the Daibutsu of Kamakura, a statue of Buddha that appears in her dreams, offer her cryptic advice. Unable to trust anyone, Jane must find the strength to save herself, her unborn child, and possibly the future of humanity.
About the Author
Steve Searls retired from the practice of law in 2002 due to a rare chronic autoimmune disorder (Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor Cell Associated Periodic Syndrome). He began writing poetry in 2001 and, using the pseudonym, Tara Birch, was the featured poet of Tryst Poetry Journal’s Premiere Issue. He’s also published numerous poems as Tara Birch in print and online, including the poetry chapbook, Carrots and Bleu Cheese Dip, in 2004. Steve was also active as a blogger posting under the name, Steven D, at Daily Kos (2005-2017), Booman Tribune (2005-2017) and caucus99percent (2016–present). Steve’s published essays on Medium include “Clara’s Miracle,” about his wife’s cancer and resulting traumatic brain injury from chemotherapy, and “My Rape Story.” Raised in Colorado, he now lives with his adult son in Western NY. My Travels With a Dead Man is his first novel.
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