I can’t hardly believe it was 2014 when I was writting this about Jorgensen’s first title, Speculation:
* Speculation. I loved every bit of it. I am Andrew’s doppelganger, or twin soul. This is the Amazon’s description of the book,
Andrew Wrangles has a decision to make. His best friend Sothum, a philosophical and financial genius, has just died and left him a choice in his will: ten million dollars or a sealed envelope. Andrew’s wife Cheryl doesn’t see this as much of a choice. She wants Andrew to take the ten million, and what little patience she has for his speculating about what might be worth more than the money is wearing thin very quickly.
But as Andrew digs deeper into the secret life of the mind that Sothum lived, he finds a new mystery behind every clue. Does the envelope contain the fate of a vanished mutual friend? A breakthrough that could secure Andrew a place in the history of philosophy? Or is Sothum just playing a final private joke at his friend’s expense?
After that, he also published a collection of stories entitled Other Copenhaguen (And Other Stories), which to me was a good read. I just prefered Jorgensen writing a full novel. However, in hindsight, I just can’t fault his display of imagination. A contemporary Asimov, he introduces new SF scenarios that truly delight and keep you thinking.
I was wishing for a new book from this young man, and what was my surprise when I saw an email saying that a new title was written. He’ll release it in April, and I’m lucky to be reading it right now.
Jorgensen says his books cross genres a bit, and that may confuse people. I do believe this is a positive trait. Unless you are one who just reads from a specific genre, if you are a curious reader at heart, comfortable travelling from classics to some SF.
And we come to World Enough, (and time). It was a delight. I read it in a short span of time. I even stopped myself from reading it some days, to make it last a bit longer.
I won’t give any spoilers, neither will I tell you most of the story, don’t worry. The book starts at a relativistic cruise. What’s that? A cruise that’s traveling in space at the speed of light, in a two year trip for those on board, but twenty earth years for those on Earth. A young man, Jeremiah, has purchased a ticket to that cruise, on the expectation of receiving his uncle’s inheritance. While on the ship, he discovers that his uncle has left all the money to a home for maltreated ferrets, which bumps him down from preferred passenger to worker for the cruise line.
Jeremiah is now working at the desk, and entrusted with the most comical tasks. Love is in the air of this relativistic love boat.
Jorgensen is definitely one of the story tellers of today. He writes to delight and entertain, a comedy of errors with a touch of si-fi. Less postmodern than Speculation, more traditional and full of humor. The book pays homage to classic books and TV shows like Dallas.
What I loved best was the hilarity of the plot, how tender and likable all the characters are, (it’s a bit an upstairs downstairs type of book too), the fact that there’s some interesting reflections about serious topics that don’t feel contrived, and Jorgensen’s vocabulary. For those who love language, he surprises with unusual words here and there, which fit perfectly.
It was a wonderful book to read, a nice reading vacation. I recommend it to anyone who wants a fun read.
Edmund Jorgensen’s blog.