Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Describe the plot of the next book you want to read, even if the book doesn’t exist yet.

I have actually been noodling with the following plot for a while, although I originally envisioned it in movie form.  Could be both!  Of course, those of you know who me or who have been reading along know I’m a sucker for a time travel story.  So that is of course the crux of the book I imagine: the protagonist is a time traveler.  The twist is, he (in my imagination, it’s me) doesn’t start the story that way!

I see the plot spanning two parts.  The first is where our hero is still mild-mannered, and finds himself descending quickly into a conspiracy plot but doesn’t know why, a la a Dan Brown novel, or maybe like, one of the Bourne series.  Extremely odd and improbable things happen around him, and he and his allies narrowly escape danger in situations where all of the dramatic build-up indicates it shouldn’t work that way.  Ideally, this phase of the book would be most akin to a mystery/thriller.

The second part begins with our hero capable of time travel.  I haven’t worked out *why* he begins to time travel – I imagine that at least part of the mystery of the first part is mundane/actual conspiracy in nature, and the culmination of that part of the action is heroic transformation into time traveler.  Perhaps it’s like a video game where there’s miniboss (local conspiracy) before big-boss (time traveling conspiracy).  The action in the second half of the book would be explaining what happened and taking on a sci fi/fantasy bent as the hero allies with past-himself (unknowingly) to take on the greater threat and explores the limits of his newfound powers.  Maybe even superhero-esque plot, at this point.

Anyway, that’s the book I’d like to read next.  Maybe I’ll have to write it myself.

p.s. spoilers