In the far distant future, one man gets caught up in a terrible machination of ancient making: the whole, vast universe is at stake not of just ending, but of never having existed at all. I enjoyed this book so much, I want to share it with you. I actually gave away a digital copy on Twitter because I enjoyed it so much I wanted to share it and support the author.
I picture Eric André as Percival Gynt, the dapper, curly haired protagonist of The Conspiracy of Days. Just a random piece of my imagination. When this is made into a movie , I hope he gets the role.
An accountant on his way to work finds himself on the lamb after a mysterious young woman steals his hat.
As he and Officer Um find themselves further and further entrenched in this mystery, Percival’s own sketchy past is reaching out. Will it catch up to him? He’s extremely clever and has nifty technajawoosits to help him along.
Percival isn’t the only one with a secret. Lies are built into every aspect of the known galaxy- from the Celestial Governor to the High Cleric of the Intergalactic Church of The All-Mother. The worst betrayals are often the ones we never see coming.
Percival Gynt isn’t the only one with a past that he’d rather be forgotten- as erased as Shan Morton, the girl with no mother. That’s the thing about our pasts though – they’re bloody difficult to erase, and even if we wipe our slates as clean and black as an abyss, the memories are still there. In The Umbrella Academy Vanya comments that most of us try and spend our whole lives dealing with our pasts.
There’s a quote I reference often:
“When you understand, that what you’re telling is just a story. It isn’t happening anymore. When you realize the story you’re telling is just words, when you can just crumble up and throw your past in the trashcan, then we’ll figure out who you’re going to be.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
We find out who this staid accountant is going to be. His past, though, can’t just be crumbled and thrown into a trash can – it has a long arm.
Brilliant settings abound – from a palace that shifts in upon itself and folds space in more dimensions than we are aware of, to a cathedral on a planet made of mostly gas (with a boycotted amusement park), to a massive space station covered in booby traps and arcane runes.
Quirky writing with absurdist comedy makes this a fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was written with a lot of careful attention detail and vivid imagination.
This book passes the Bechdel Test. With an ensemble cast of well developed characters, it’s delightful to see the life breathed into even tertiary characters.
I look forward to future stories. He has several short stories about Percival Gynt and I really look forward to reading them.
It’s available on Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and Kindle Unlimited formats.
Win a copy! I enjoyed this book so much, that I want to share it. On Twitter, I’m asking people to like the post – I’ll choose one person at random to gift a copy off Amazon.
For the sake of transparency, I must admit that the author personally mailed me this copy. I regret that it’s taken me so long to finish this book. It’s definitely worth your time.
I have no complaints about this book. The grammar was impeccable. The formatting of the book was easy to read. Small details like waitressaurasses floored me. I don’t know how he came up with it all. I suspect he has far more creativity in him than I do in me.
The world of publishing has steep, tall steps to climb. Mr. Melbourne has chosen the route of self-publishing under his own imprint Ruesday Books. This takes an inordinate amount of work. I’m not sure I could manage all this on my own!