By Charlotte Kinzie
The “truth” behind Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days. In this thrilling tale, the real identity and motivations of the mysterious British gentleman Phileas Fogg are revealed. During Fogg’s daring race around the world, he encounters his deadly rival Captain Nemo, also known as James Moriarty…
A Wold Newton Universe novel.
- ISBN: 9780857689641
- Dimensions: 203 x 130 mm
- Paperback: 208pp
- Publication date: 25 May 2012
- All authors: Philip José Farmer
Remember “Around the World in Eighty Days”, by Jules Verne? Did you know there was a sequel (of sorts) written by Philip Jose Farmer? Recently re-released by Titan Books – “The Other Log of Phileas Fogg” is a story that runs parallel to the time-line in Verne’s original.
Not only is Phileas Fogg a bit strange, it turns out the he was adopted by aliens. We may not be aware, you see, but two alien races have infiltrated our planet. The Eridani and the Capellas live in harmony with humans and go unnoticed for the most part.
The basic premise of the book is that a fancy “transporter” type of machine has been stolen and Phileas Fogg needs to get it back. To cover his tracks Fogg makes a bet with some of his fellow “aliens” that he can make it around the world in eighty days. He sets off with his valet, Passepartout on a global voyage filled with strange encounters, coded messages and adventure.
It’s been a long time since I sat down and read “Around The World in Eighty Days” and if you’re going to read Farmer’s addition to the universe I would suggest re-reading the original. I will admit to having had to look a few things up. (I’m middle-aged; doesn’t that start to happen now?) But Farmer’s writing is fluid and entertaining and the world he creates is easily brought to life in one’s mind. Regardless of the hints and clue I may have missed I enjoyed the book greatly.
So who wrote the book? Do you think it’s a coincidence that the hero Phileas Fogg has the same initials as Farmer? What if the author of this book is, in fact, the man who raced around the world in a hot-air balloon after his enemy? Sounds like fun doesn’t it?
So read these two books. The first should certainly be on your bucket list of books to read, the second is a lovely addition to the world created by Jules Verne.