Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Waiting On Wednesday (34) Pastworld by Ian Beck

What if Victorian London were really an amusement park, whose inhabitants were actors hired to entertain park visitors from the twenty-first century?

I am a huge fan of outdoor museums - I've been to "old" towns with actors in Denmark, Japan, Germany and even Wichita (Cowtown with a "real" saloon shoot-out). So I'm intrigued by Pastworld - especially since some of the inhabitants don't seem to realize they are acting...read on:

(Summary from the Fall 2009 Bloomsbury catalog)

Eve is a pastworld inhabitant who has no idea the modern world exists until she meets Caleb, a tourist from the present, whose visit goes horribly wrong when he finds himself accused of murder. Both Caleb and Eve have roles to play in the real murderer's diabolical plans - roles that reveal disturbing truths about their origins.

Narrow escapes, dark secrets, and moments of strange beauty converge to create a picture of a fascinating world within a world - and to offer a profound look at the thinning line between entertainment and reality.

PASTWORLD will be released in the UK in October and in the US in November. Visit the Pastworld website for a closer look!

WoW is hosted by Jill - head over there to see what other bloggers are looking forward to this week.

32 comments:

Ladybug said...

This book sounds good, great pick!

Here is my WoW post.

Diane said...

This one sounds like one I'd enjoy. Thanks for the post. Here is mine:

http://bibliophilebythesea.blogspot.com/2009/06/waiting-on-wednesday-now-and-then.html

Ravenous Reader said...

OH! great choice. I now have added this to my wish list also. :)

Crystal said...

This sounds very interesting - I will definitely have to look for this in November.

Mine is here.

jessica_shea said...

Definitely an intriguing premise! Thanks for highlighting this one; I'll have to add it to my wishlist too.

Carrie said...

I'll definitely be picking this one up. It looks very intersting.

jennilovevirgo said...

That book looks really good! I've wishlisted it.

Here's mine!

http://fallingofftheshelf.blogspot.com/2009/06/waiting-on-wednesday-june-17th.html

Staci said...

That one sounds pretty cool!!! Can't wait til it's released!!

Literary Feline said...

I hadn't heard of this one before, but it sure sounds interesting. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Jacqueline C said...

This sounds so interesting Lenore - great find!

Eli said...

This sounds really interesting. I haven't heard of it before! :)

Melanie said...

This one sounds really cool! My wishlist is getting longer and longer. :)

PJ Hoover said...

Oooh, this one looks great! Thanks for the heads up!

purplg8r said...

Great find! I'm adding it to my WL!

Zibilee said...

This looks great! I will also be putting it on my wish list. Thanks for the heads up.

Rebecca Herman said...

Aww, you missed this one at BEA. They gave it away on Saturday.

PopinFresh said...

I was instantly taken by the cover of Pastworld, then I read the blurb and it looks like a great read.

~ Popin

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Oh wow, I want this one. It sounds amazing and very very unique which is always nice somtimes. :)

-Lauren

Mik said...

This sounds awesome. I love the Victorian Era, so so I'm quite intrigued.

Kate said...

Aamzing find. This book sounds great.

E. L. Fay said...

Sounds like another YA book I read awhile ago: Margaret Petersen Haddix's Running Out of Time. it was about a girl who had believed she was living in an 1830 frontier village until people started getting sick and her mother sent her to the outside world (where it was 1996) to get medicine. If you're thinking that sounds like M. Night Shyamalan's The Village, you're right - Peterson and her publishers almost sued for plagiarism.

Joanne said...

This sounds awesome! What a great idea for a story.
We have two of those living museums in our area - one is a Gaelic/Highland heritage farm (43 acres!) and the other is a recreation of 19th century Canadian community. They are both really fun.

Amelia said...

Sounds really good! Going on my wishlist.

Bookgeek said...

Hadn't heard of it but sounds great

thekoolaidmom said...

This sounds like a really cool book and reminds me of an episode of Sliders I saw once that had something like a Victorian London theme park. Everyone there worked like 90 hrs a week, even the kids, and when they'd crack under the pressure they'd send them to solve the Whitechapel murders and help Sherlock Holmes.

Tiqa Khairi said...

not my kind of book but the cover is interesting. I might try picking this one up. I need to broaden my range of books!

sharigreen said...

Definitely intriguing! Thanks for posting about it. :)

Nicole said...

I need to go through all of my catalogs and start doing this. I never know where my time goes. Maybe I should keep a log.

Ally said...

This sounds kind of like an updated "Running Out of Time" by Margret Peterson Haddix. I will definitely check this one out-it sounds really awesome!

Erica said...

This sounds like a book I'd really enjoy! Great Pick!

kay said...

This sounds so good and interesting! I'm definitely keeping my eyes opened for this one!

Stephanie said...

This is an interesting premise! It sounds like a good one. :-)