Sunday, 14 June 2015
The (Phantasmagorical) Astrarium Compendium
We meet Gulliver. Gulliver is the owner of a large antique emporium.
But for all his knowledge of the wonderful objects that his emporium has on sale, grandfather clocks, brass telescopes, globes, and even more globes and even still ore globes, Gulliver had never actually travelled outside the county of Devon.
So, what with all those globes, perhaps it was rather apposite that Gulliver fell into one of those very selfsame globes and finding himself in a location far removed from ordinary space-time, where time (as we know it) no longer has any existence. And when just about anything could happen and, generally speaking, does happen.
Gulliver's life is very soon flipped totally from the normal and into a world of abnormal.
A world where it is perfectly natural to come across giant bottles filled with equally giant ships, both on the land and at sea, where one gets to meet Old Father Time himself, Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Francis Drake (complete with his Golden Hind!) , Hans Christian Anderson and the like.
This is all very well, but Gulliver loves his emporium and he misses Devon. So, how can he possible get back home?
By tracking down the mysterious "The Last Bookshop in the World" which is his only possible chance of getting home.
Can he find the bookshop? And what if Gulliver changes his mind? What if he decides he wants to stay exactly where he is?
But what of Alice? And Beagle?
To find out how it all turns out, it will cost you a mere £11.99 and it is out now from Matador.
Visit www.markrolandlangdale.co.uk to see the author's other fantasy novels such as The Flat Earth Society and the Great Globe Conspiracy and Professor Doppelganger and the Fantastical Cloud Factory, amongst others.