Kel McGowan is Kelligrafie
Well I broke the 52AZ this week. I started The Killing Doll by Ruth Rendall but it was getting a bit 'voodoo' and I didn't think I'd enjoy it. But thankfully I'd got an extra book out of the library that week anyway for 'extra reading' so I decided to give that a whirl instead. It was The Secret Of Abdu El Yezdi by Mark Hodder and it was actually a very very good book. I would probably have enjoyed it even more if I didn't have to rush through it in a week but nonetheless, fun was had.
It plays on the concept of alternate/paralell universes. For those of you that are unfamiliar with this concept, it plays on the idea that for every choice you make, reality branches off into two or more universes, depending on how many choices were available and they run alongside each other.
Using The Matrix as an example, Neo had the choice of the red pill or the blue pill. Each choice would have resulted in two complete different storylines. You could also argue that he had the third choice of choosing neither, which again would've presented a different set of oppotunities for him and everyone else.
Occasionally this theory is used in fiction to show what might happen if people could jump from one universe to another and the differences in your life before and after the jump. This being one of the main themes in TSOAEY. Despite it being a very much science fiction style theme, TSOAEY is very steampunk. It uses actual historical characters but in an alternate universe to the one we currently live in. Cue airships, mechnical horses and carts and Queen Victoria.
Imagine Sherlock Holmes and Dr Who colliding and you're a bit of the way there.
I'm giving this a 4/5.
File under: Kelligrafie, book review, The Secret Of Abdu El Yezdi, Mark Hodder, steampunk