On My Bookshelf: I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land

I Met a Traveller in an Antique LandA book about books. A short book. I’ll recommend it.

Several years ago, I had a few posts on this author. Her novels about time travelling historians are great, though I think Blackout/All Clear would have benefitted from tight editing.

This is not nearly as huge a read; it took me a bit over an hour. A cynic blunders into a Manhattan bookstore, taking refuge from a driving rainstorm.

Like the author he seems pretty well-read. But he’s dim to the real nature of the bookstore, and he doesn’t get it until he finds himself on a Conway’s quest to recover Shangri-La.

Science fiction and fantasy often succeed in forms shorter than the novel. The author can take one germ of an individual idea and develop it single-mindedly. As a book lover, I enjoyed this novella. It’s a quick read; it doesn’t even appear on the author’s wikipedia page. Strange.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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