I am a fan of inexpensive and innovative writing delivered electronically so I am a fan of the Kindle Single program and have read a few books in that format. I picked up John Connolly‘s The Wanderer in Unknown Realms because I enjoyed, or was at least intrigued by, The Book of Lost Things and The Gates. And given it only cost 99 cents I figured why not check it out.
“Books alter men, and men, in their turn, alter worlds.”
Soter is a man who has been haunted by World War I. But when he’s sent to investigate the disappearance of Lionel Maudling, the owner of a grand country house whose heir may be accused for his death, he encounters a home that will lead him to nightmares he could have never imagined.
Maudling’s estate houses countless books of every sort—histories, dramas, scientific treatises. But none seems to offer Soter any hint to Maudling’s whereabouts, until he’s led to an arcane London bookseller where the reclusive scholar made his last purchase. What Soter finds at the end of a twisted maze of clues is a book like no other, with a legacy that will put everything he knows in danger…
It turns out I had a very similar reaction to this John Connolly production as I did to the previous two. It was intriguing and well done in many ways but also felt like it didn’t quite work, in my opinion. The beauty of the Kindle Singles program, however, is that you expect a certain amount of that and having only spent a dollar you don’t feel the level of disappointment you might with a full length hardcover novel for example.