Kirkus Review: The Necklace of Time

I have been meaning to post this for a while. Kirkus reviewed my novel The Necklace of Time a few months ago. They say some good things about it. Complete Review follows:

Dale Cozort
Self (256 pp.)
$14.95 paperback, $4.99 e-book
ISBN: 978-1-07-434380-4
July 24, 2019

An author travels to another dimension to solve a mystery that has plagued him all his life in this sequel.
     Simon Royale, a bestselling writer of horror novels, lives in a  copy of the world that only contains North America—or, North America as  it was on Halloween 2014. His writing is fueled, in part, by the  mysterious disappearance of his sister, Cynthia, when he was 7 years  old. The guilt he feels over the event is so intense that he is willing  to take advantage of the opportunity to investigate a different copy of  North America: one made in 1953. The two worlds have continued to  develop along different paths, and US-53 (as it’s called) has its own  Simon Royale—though he’s a failed, unpublished writer instead of a  successful one. What’s more, the sister of US-53 Simon never disappeared. 

The Simon from US-2014 is going to meet his counterpart from US-53  in neutral territory: a third realm called Mega-Madagascar, which is  overrun by German neo-Nazis from an alternative 1939 Europe. Confused?  So is Simon US-2014. But as he attempts to solve the mystery of his sister’s  disappearance and prevent his doppelgänger from stealing his identity  and book sales, Simon US-2014 quickly finds himself in over his head.  The SF book is even more convoluted than it sounds, but Cozort  (Snapshot: Book 1 of the Snapshot Universe, 2014, etc.) unspools his  Möbius strip of a plot with skillful ease. 

He has a lot of fun with its  metafictional premise: Businesswoman Ella Smoot “still thought it was a  great idea: Organize self-published writers from US-2014 for a book tour  to the relatively untapped US-53 book market. No e-books there. No  personal computers to speed up novel writing and create a gigantic, ever-growing  glut of aspiring authors.” 

While not as straightforward as many popular  alternative history novels, Cozort’s story explores the idea more fully  and imaginatively than most. What’s more, he hinges his narrative on  the small, personal problems of individuals rather than world historical  events. The sequel is accessible to those who have no previous  experience with the author’s Snapshot universe, and it will likely  convince them to come back for more.

An original and comic take on alternative history SF.


default userpic

Your reply will be screened

Your IP address will be recorded 

When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.