3 Stars · Blog Tours

Blog Tour/Review: My Travels With a Dead Man by Steve Searls

Details: Paperback, 267 pages

Publication: August 27, 2020 by Black Rose Writing

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Goodreads Synopsis: Jane Takako Wolfsheim learns she can alter time and space after meeting a charismatic stranger named Jorge Luis Borges.

Inextricably she falls for Borges. Soon, however Borges’ lies and emotional abuse, and nightmares about a demonic figure, “the man in black,” nearly drive Jane mad. After her parents are murdered, Jane flees with Borges. Both the ghost of haiku master, Basho, and the Daibutsu of Kamakura, a statue of Buddha that appears in her dreams, offer her cryptic advice. Unable to trust anyone, Jane must find the strength to save herself, her unborn child, and possibly the future of humanity.

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My Thoughts: I’m not sure what it was, but it took me a while to get into this one. I think it may have been because I didn’t have much time to read, so when the chance came, I had forgotten parts of the storyline and a few important details. Once I refreshed myself on certain things, I could fall into a rhythm of reading until I had to stop.

The beginning was a bit confusing to me. After a few chapters, things started clicking. This was far different from any other book I’ve ever read, so I believe it just took me a little bit to adjust to the concept. I’m still the slightest bit confused by their powers and the general idea of some of it, though the ending did help explain some of it. Otherwise, I couldn’t find any problems with the book.

The characters were really complex. There were so many different things to consider when thinking about the characters that I’m not sure exactly where to start. I loved Jane. She could be rather annoying at times, but overall, I found her character to be extremely interesting. She was strong, yet she could embrace her weaknesses. I thought it was neat to be able to discover different aspects of her abilities as she discovered them.

Borges, on the other hand, left me with mixed feelings. He was a manipulative character, and I think Searls wrote that perfectly. Borges’ actions and words often left me confused on how I felt about him. On one hand, I knew he was no good; I knew he wasn’t treating Jane the way she deserved, and I knew he was messing with her mind. But on the other hand, there were times in which he seemed like a completely different character.

Despite the confusion, I do think this was a good book. There was a depth to it that was admirable. Searls’ writing was lovely, and I believe I may have liked the book more than I did if I’d had the opportunity to read as much as possible from the start.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via Rachel’s Random Resources and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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You can order My Travels With a Dead Man on Amazon in the following formats:

Kindle* | Paperback

Connect with Steve Searls here:

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*Available for free with Kindle Unlimited

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