Last Year

Last Year

Book - 2016 | First edition: December 2016.
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"Two events made September 1st a memorable day for Jesse Cullum. First, he lost a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Second, he saved the life of President Ulysses S. Grant. It's the near future, and the technology exists to open doorways into the past--but not our past, not exactly. Each "past" is effectively an alternate world, identical to ours but only up to the date on which we access it. And a given "past" can only be reached once. After a passageway is open, it's the only road to that particular past; once closed, it can't be reopened. A passageway has been opened to a version of late 19th-century Ohio. It's been in operation for most of a decade, but it's no secret, on either side of time. A small city has grown up around it to entertain visitors from our time, and many locals earn a good living catering to them. But like all such operations, it has a shelf life; as the "natives" become more sophisticated, their version of the "past" grows less attractive as a destination. Jesse Cullum is a native. And he knows the passageway will be closing soon. He's fallen in love with a woman from our time, and he means to follow her back--no matter whose secrets he has to expose in order to do it"--
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2016.
Edition: First edition: December 2016.
ISBN: 9780765332639
Branch Call Number: WILSO
Characteristics: 351 pages ; 22 cm

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chazbufe
Oct 05, 2018

Well written, but too predictable. There were too few ways the plot could resolve, and from the middle of the book on it was easy to figure out which one the author would take. Wilson's previous novel, "The Affinities," is better plotted, more thought provoking, and considerably more entertaining.

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moviefan01
Mar 15, 2017

This is a very exciting time travel yarn. It doesn't have oodles of physics mumbo jumbo: Wilson simply tells you a good story. For fans of the film--and now the HBO series--there's a WestWorld flavor to the book, with tourists from the 21st Century vacationing in 1876. The main character/narrator comes across as a sort-of 1870's Jack Reacher, and there's even a throwaway line about "the works of Lee Child." Entertaining and well written.

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