DEAD GENTLEMAN an “exciting time travel tale”!

January 19th, 2012 • Kate

thumb_THE DEAD GENTLEMAN-coverMatthew Cody‘s The Dead Gentleman continues to earn some fantastic reviews since its initial publication just before the holidays, like this one, from the February 1st issue of Booklist:

Two young New Yorkers from different eras unite to save the world from an invasion of zombies led by an elegant, corpse-wearing darkling. Shuttling among worlds, times, and points of view, Cody chronicles the recruitment of Tommy, a street urchin from 1901, into a wormhole-traveling Explorer’s Society menaced by the powerful and mysterious Dead Gentleman. Guided by a device that can peer through time, Tommy contacts 12-year-old Jezebel a century into his future and tasks her with protecting an enigmatic clockwork bird that holds the key to the Gentleman’s ability to conquer our planet. Despite all the quick changes and fortuitous coincidences, readers will enjoy watching the two quarreling protagonists take on zombies and other creepy-crawlies on the way to a fiery, if inconclusive, air battle over the Hudson River. Chucking in elements of steampunk, Jules Verne, and Edgar Rice Burroughs along with vampires, three-armed aliens, inscrutable monks, closet monsters, and even dinosaurs, Cody pays tribute to classic adventure authors and genres here as he dishes up an exciting time-travel tale.

I’d love to share a personally autographed copy of The Dead Gentleman with one of you. For a chance to win, just leave a comment below with a brief description of where you would go if you could travel anywhere in time (past, present, or future) or space (alternate worlds, ahoy!). I’ll pick one winner on Monday after I return from ALA Midwinter.

EDITED TO ADD: As per his comment below, Matt’s upped the stakes and offered to sign the winner’s copy!

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18 Responses to “DEAD GENTLEMAN an “exciting time travel tale”!”

  1. Maribeth Says:

    I'd travel back to the past so I could spend another day with my father. If I could rig it so I could spend another few years in the past with him that would be even better.

  2. Robbin Says:

    If I could travel anywhere in time, I would go to heaven before I die. Assuming that’s where I’ll end up… I want to know why Eve thought it was okay to eat the apple. Not that I’m holding a grudge or anything, but what was she thinking? Nine months later!

  3. @lizwrites Says:

    This book sounds awesome! I'd love a day in the future to see what the world would look like in another 50 years.

  4. @fakesteph Says:

    1930s. I want to go to a speakeasy.

  5. Gina Says:

    Oh – this is easy. I'd travel back to Cleopatra's Egypt. But only if I get to visit the library at Alexandria and attend one of her insane parties, though. Not to shovel dung or something 😉

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    Sorry! I can't remove my Name and Email. It automatically submitted an empty post 🙁 I'm not cheating!!!

  8. Lisa Says:

    1920s Paris. I just saw MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. That's where I would totally want to be!

  9. Rebecca Petruck Says:

    Back to the late 1950s so I'd have time to do the coursework to be accepted into NASA and go into space as a mission specialist, one who collects moon rocks. NASA's early days were amazing! (And continue to inspire.)

    PS: I already own a copy of THE DEAD GENTLEMAN. Of course. 🙂 Too fun a question to not answer.

  10. Matt Says:

    Would it help things if we made this a SIGNED copy? With a THOUSAND dollar bill hidden somewhere in the pages? (Okay maybe just the signed copy)

  11. Beth Says:

    I would go to Hogwarts. Just for the library. And the moving staircases.

  12. Tiffany Says:

    I would go to a party at Jay Gatsby's!

  13. Shannon Says:

    I would like to go back to 1765 Edinburgh and ask Adam Smith to say more about the new genre just being invented, the English novel, and how it related to his theories of ethics and sensibility. Because that would make writing my dissertation much easier. On the other hand, that would probably mean that someone else would have already written my dissertation, so suck. TIME TRAVEL IS HARD. Why do I suspect that that's the message of The Dead Gentlemen, too?

  14. @theoriginaledi Says:

    I'd go to Gloucester, MA, around 1990 so I could meet my best friend 18 years sooner and have that many more years with him. I'm saddened when I think of how many years — well into adulthood — we both muddled through life mostly alone before we found each other.

  15. Sue Says:

    I'd go back in time to talk to myself at age 12, to see if I remembered it and if my brilliant words change anything. (And I'd buy some stock in Walt Disney)

    Congrats, Matthew!

  16. Anne C Says:

    I'd go back to the day Kennedy was shot and keep a sharp eye out on "the grassy null". I'd like to solve that mystery once and for all.

  17. Patrick O Says:

    I'd like to jump about a hundred years into the future, to see where things are going, all the things I'd never live to see otherwise. Or maybe see if we've cured that whole pesky dying thing by then and maybe make sure I will be around to see it all anyway. 🙂

  18. kt literary » Blog Archive » Wooooooooooooooooooot!!! Says:

    […] finally, Matthew Cody picked a winner for the signed copy of The Dead Gentleman I’m giving away. And the winner is… @theoriginaledi! Edi, send me an email with your mailing address, and […]