- File Size: 2926 KB
- Print Length: 268 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: G7 Publishing; 1 edition (January 13, 2015)
- Publication Date: January 13, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00S7MF9W2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,979 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mulligan: a tale of time travel and second chances (The Mulligan Cycle Book 1) Kindle Edition
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As I began to read Mulligan, I thought perhaps the book's description got mixed up. This was a time travel book? But I found that Garner was immersing the readers in Conner's life and the rich detail of the farm. Then...it gets yanked out from under you as Conner travels again...and then again. I found myself thinking of the old TV show "Quantum Leap" and Sam's trips through time and finding a purpose for his being there. I also likened it to "A Christmas Carol" where Scrooge learns lessons from three ghosts in order to correct his present. Conner screwed up big time and the only way to make it right is to learn the values and integrity of those who came before.
I found Garner's book to be a great and imaginative read and I look forward to reading more of his books in the future.
I really liked Mulligan and when he was in the cotton fields it felt like I was there too. The late summer heat, the prickly cotton boles, the sudden rainstorms.
This is a sweet story without being saccharin, and I found that I was unable to put it down, well at least not without protest.
Hank Garner can build a world! His word pictures are anything but flat, and while his attention to detail occasionally pulled focus away from the story, particularly in the first third of the book, his descriptions of life in the South made me want to join Mulligan on the front porch to listen to a baseball game. It also made me want to never stay for the summer, or even get near a cotton field - whether I grow gills or not.
There is a certain rhythm to Garner's writing that brings a good level of comfort. I wasn't entirely sure how I felt about Mulligan in the first few chapters, but every time I put the book down, I caught myself thinking about the characters and eagerly jumped back in to see how the story played out .
If you're looking for a time travel novel following the exploits of a grown man going back in time to get rich, popular, and (this time) snag the homecoming queen, you'll want to pass on Mulligan. This book isn't about wish-fulfillment, it's an immersive read chronicling how one man experiencing life in the past becomes a better person in the present.
The first few chapters were a bit slow moving, and seemed like more of a history lesson than Connor’s story. Connor himself started as a flat character, but improved as the story progressed. I liked him better as he began to pay more attention to his surroundings than the confusion in his head. I didn’t see his experiences as any kind of redemption, since each scenario was strange to him. He wasn’t correcting any of his past mistakes, but he was learning about people as he lived through each scene. How those scenes related to the life he could no longer remember was not clear, although by the ending a couple of tentative connections could be seen. I assume that aspect will be further developed in the next book.
I love a good series, but I also like to know I’m starting a series before I read the first book. This was not the case when I downloaded this book. I see that the title has since been altered to reflect a series in progress, which is an improvement for future readers. Note that the new title is currently found on Amazon, but not on Goodreads. Also, I’m afraid I found it impossible to ignore the lack of editing throughout the book, and respectfully suggest that correcting that issue would much improve the flow of the story.
As three and a half stars is not an option, I rounded up to four stars, as I did enjoy the story. I think the premise is unusual and creative. It’s hard to find a time travel idea that hasn’t been done to death. This idea is different, and the story is not predictable, which is all to the good. I will definitely want to read the next book and see where Connor goes from here.
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