Book Review | My Travels With A Dead Man by Steve Searls

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My Travels With A Dead Man cover

Genre: Contemporary fantasy, magical realism, new young adult

Publication date: August 27, 2020

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

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My Thoughts

Often, I choose books based on the title and the cover art because they’re just that appealing. This was one of those books. 🙂

My Travels With A Dead Man starts off in a confusing manner, but the lyrical quality of the author’s writing makes the story a delight to read. I loved the references to Japanese culture. The plot became clearer to me after I’d read around 40% of the book, and from then onward I found it so gripping that I didn’t want to stop.

The themes of time travel, historical fiction, and mysticism have been woven together so deftly making this a unique debut novel.

Fascinating, masterful, and beautiful writing–these are the adjectives I’d choose to describe the book.

(I received a copy of the book from Rachel’s Random Resources in exchange for an honest review.)


Jane Takako Wolfsheim learns she can alter time and space after meeting a charismatic stranger named Jorge Luis Borges.

Inextricably she falls for Borges. Soon, however Borges’ lies and emotional abuse, and nightmares about a demonic figure, “the man in black,” nearly drive Jane mad. After her parents are murdered, Jane flees with Borges. Both the ghost of haiku master, Basho, and the Daibutsu of Kamakura, a statue of Buddha that appears in her dreams, offer her cryptic advice. Unable to trust anyone, Jane must find the strength to save herself, her unborn child, and possibly the future of humanity.

Purchase Links

Black Rose Writing

Amazon India

About Steve Searls

Steve Searls retired from the practice of law in 2002 due to a rare chronic autoimmune disorder (Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor Cell Associated Periodic Syndrome). He began writing poetry in 2001 and, using the pseudonym, Tara Birch, was the featured poet of Tryst Poetry Journal’s Premiere Issue.

He’s also published numerous poems as Tara Birch in print and online, including the poetry chapbook, Carrots and Bleu Cheese Dip, in 2004.  Steve was also active as a blogger posting under the name, Steven D, at Daily Kos (2005-2017), Booman Tribune (2005-2017) and caucus99percent (2016–present).

Steve’s published essays on Medium include “Clara’s Miracle,” about his wife’s cancer and resulting traumatic brain injury from chemotherapy, and “My Rape Story.”

Raised in Colorado, he now lives with his adult son in Western NY.  My Travels With a Dead Man is his first novel.

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