Opening a new fantasy trilogy from Hugo award winner Resnick, this novel offers an adventure through space and time as Eddie Raven tries to outrun the dark forces pursuing him.
Eddie Raven isn't quite sure what's happening to him--and he's in a race to find out before it kills him.
His adventures begin with a shooting in a very strange shop in Manhattan--but soon he finds himself the owner of a very familiar bar in Casablanca. By the time he adjusts to that reality, he's suddenly become one of several undersized people helping a young woman search for a wizard. And after confronting the wizard, he somehow finds himself in Camelot.
But as he rushes to solve the mystery of his many appearances, a larger threat looms. Because someone or something is stalking him through time and space with deadly intent....
This underwhelming fantasy series launch from Hugo winner Resnick (The Castle in Cassiopeia) sends a hapless everyman on a journey across altered versions of well-known fictional worlds. Grumpy, sarcastic Eddie Raven is visiting a fortune-teller in present-day Manhattan when his girlfriend, Lisa, is shot. Raven flees and finds himself owning a nightclub in Casablanca that's frequented by monsters and a copy of Lisa who is named Ilsa and doesn't recognize him. He narrowly escapes again, only to find he's now a Munchkin searching Oz for its wizard, the Wiz, with Numa the football-playing cowardly lion, Al the robot, Einstein the scarecrow, and another copy of Lisa. His only guide, the telepathic Rofocale, warns Raven he's being hunted across worlds by someone called the Master of Dreams. The original takes on these and other classic literature and film worlds are entertaining, but the plot is overshadowed by the surly main character and bizarre humor (Guinevere of Camelot is portrayed as a "sex-crazed" woman who flings herself at men with no regard for consent; a chef with poor eyesight is rumored to slice off and serve pieces of himself). This is an easy one to pass up.