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The Other Log of Phileas Fogg (Wold Newton) (Wold Newton Novels) Paperback – May 8, 2012

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“"Very interesting, action-packed, precise" "analyizes Verne's prose to a tee" "Out does the master" – She Never Slept

About the Author

Philip José Farmer was a multiple award-winning science fiction writer of 75 novels. He is best known for his Wold Newton and Riverworld series. In 2001 he was awarded the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Prize and a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. He passed away in 2009.
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Product Details

  • Series: Wold Newton Novels
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; Reprint edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857689649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857689641
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,473,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kendal B. Hunter on January 13, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book isn't quite a parallel novel to "80 Days;" it is more like a double take of that book. Farmer extends his "World Newton Family" in Verne's classic, and makes Fogg's mission an intergalactic battle against Captain Nemo, who Farmer believes is Professor James Moriarty of the Sherlock stories.
Farmer, one of the greatest student of "Pop Pulp" culture manages to combine the heroes of the popular literary world in to a coherent world system. In Farmer's world, Tarzan is related to Sherlock Holmes, and Doc Savage is the grandson of Jack London's Wolf Larsen. In a certain sense, we all do this on our own. For example, what would have happened in "A Tale of Two Cities" if the Scarlet Pimpernel had saved Sydney Carton from the guillotine? Farmer's "World Newton Family" functions along these lines. He has even made two rough genealogical charts showing who is related to whom.
As Ir ead this book, two things struck me. First, the approach of this book reminds me of Crispin H. Glover's attempts to read new stories into old classics. Secondly, Farmer clarifies many of the odd things about "80 days." How does Fogg know everything about all of the odd lands. How does he know all the schedules of every boat and train everywhere in the world. Why would a man who lived such a controlled and regimented life on a sudden take a trip around the world just to win a bet?
I recommend that you read Verne's book first, and Farmer's second. I didn't do this, and am still regretting it. I kept on reading Farmer's book into Verne's story, and couldn't enjoy Verne's spell.
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I've just received my Titan edition of The Other Log of Phileas Fogg!

Over the last three decades I must have read this novel three or four times and each time I have reverted to my Tor version from 1982.Being a big fan of the source novel I was delighted and fascinated with how my favourite author wound his own version of events in with the Verne classic. Rereading the book only added to the enjoyment as new depths of understanding and revelation became apparent to me. Philip José Farmer did a wonderful job with this novel and his love and appreciation of Around the World in 80 Days shines through the whole book.

I love collecting books, especially Farmer books, so of course this Titan reprint would be on my wish list. But what really sold it for me were the enticing new `extras' promised and, boy, do they live up to the promise! Win Scott Eckert's afterword `Only a Coincidence' has the sub title "Phileas Fogg, Philip José Farmer, and the Wold Newton Family." What follows is a gripping, fascinating, and erudite essay into the whole Wold Newton legend. These 23 pages are packed with facts, revelations, and interpretations that are as gripping as any piece of prose. Anyone wanting a full and detailed exposure to the Wold Newton Family need not look any further. I particularly love the Fogg-Farmer family tree and if your eyes don't widen suddenly as you take it in then you have better reserve than me!

Then follows a 10 page chronology, again by Eckert. Another fascinating read that distils, with absolute clarity, the major events linked with The Other Log of Phileas Fogg.

So, if you already own this book and have no intention of rereading it (though you'll miss revisiting an old friend!
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In retrospect it reminds me a lot of Kim Newman's Anno Dracula, both in terms of concept and style. Enough to make me wonder if Newman wasn't inspired by it. The book claims to be based on a recently discovered manuscript written by the hero of Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days. This manuscript tells a distinctly different version of the events that Verne recorded. Instead of a wealthy dilletante with a taste for odd wagers, Phileas Fogg is an agent of an alien race who have been conducting a secret war on earth for years. His race around the world is part of this arcane war generally designed to help ferret out Fogg's nemesis: Captain Nemo. This premise alone should give you a feel for the book. Farmer doesn't work in quite so many literary references as Anno Dracula does but he does a great job of weaving his story into the interstices of Verne's novel and inventively "explains" a lot of oddities in the earlier book. He also manages to work in real life mysteries of the time such as the Mary Celeste. The book has a great pulp adventure feel involving secret wars, classic characters, and teleporting watches. There's also an essay in the back which dissects Nemo's character (with an aim towards refuting the idea the speculation that Nemo was a heroic Indian freedom fighter). It also advances the highly original notion that Captain Nemo is none other than Professor Moriarty.
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Philip Jose Farmer's continuing research led him to revelations about an ongoing war between two rival camps of aliens living here on Earth, and these impinged on some well-known cultural figures' lives and works, and when he discovered them, he sometimes worked them out and presented his findings in book form. Of course, he had to present them as fiction, since no one would believe the alien bit. This is one of those books.

Farmer tells us directly, "This is not a novel but a reconstruction of a true story" (Page 57). Farmer doesn't pretend to have all the answers. That would not be possible. He does make mistakes, for example he didn't himself know that the American intercontinental railroad didn't go all the way to San Francisco, that it came only as far as Sacramento. This would not be important except for something Farmer tries to do, as I relate below, with knowledge that depends on this. Since Verne leaves out how Fogg got to Sacramento, there is what turns out to be a crucial lacuna in the story as Farmer would have us believe it, though it is not difficult to believe that the actual Phileas Fogg just took a coach for that particular 85 miles, or took an everyday ship up the Delta. Farmer seems not seem to have known of even the existence of the Port of Sacramento.

Here is one evidence that the story is not "made up." The back story of the war between the aliens casually mentions on page 222 that the two methods by which the aliens might bring down the Earth were by introducing nuclear weapons, or by global pollution. In 1973 the first possibility was generally believed, but the second was far outside the realm of the plausible. Now we know otherwise.
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