An X-rated whirlwind adventure in time and space. Adults only, and those not easily offended.
Through a cosmos populated with double-dealing aliens, gorgeous girls, who are never what they seem and technology gone wrong. There are laughs, tragedies, loves, ales and naughty bits. Tom wakes after an accident to find he has mislaid a load of years, his body and a whole universe. In search of his lost love, he becomes the universal commuter, travelling at will between universes. He sees what has happened after a Second World War that went on rather too long and Scotland became independent, finds out what became of Atlantis, and has to perform daily duties in a stud farm. A liberation force from the US, spoiling to try out some new kit, joins the fray and very nearly causes total annihilation, saved only by Tom and a bit of help from the Star of Time. One of the problems with hopping between universes is that there is a chance you can meet yourself. That can’t happen of course, and so it does, exactly at the point where the whole fabric of space and time collapses.
"Third Universe is the sequel to The Legend of Dan, which I
read a month or so ago. The series opener was witty and riotous,
as I pointed out in my review but, in retrospect, I felt it
lacked three important elements: psychoactive newsprint, the
city of Atlantis and an immediate threat of a pan-universal
apocalypse. (How, one asks, could any serious piece of work
expect to get by without these literary staples?) Happily,
Robert Wingfield has addressed these rather obvious oversights
in Third Universe, which is now positively teeming with
Atlanteans, arthropods and an evil genius for whom destroying
just one paltry universe is simply not enough.
This is the second book in the trilogy and I felt that I definitely benefited from having read the first. That said, it does stand on its own and it has a similar mix of irony, bawdiness and social comment as the original. The pace is fairly frenetic - the reader careers around time and space like a pinball bouncing between the bumpers - but it's all the more fun for that. Whereas The Legend... had a kind of woozy comic lunacy to it, Third Universe perhaps puts a little more focus on drama and the imperilment of its central characters. As a result, the flavour is subtly different, but anyone who enjoyed the first in the series is sure to find this equally to their taste."