Review: Mulligan by Hank Garner
I finally got the chance last last week to read the latest from Hank Garner, who does the super good Author Stories podcast.
Connor Mulligan is given the ability to jump through time along with a couple of other nifty little powers. Unlike so Many other time travel books, Mulligan avoids the clichés more common to the genre such as gaming the past through knowledge of the future. Garner paints time travel here with heart, Mulligan is sent on his journey with the goal of becoming a better person, not simply to have a better time. I appreciated this.
Hank Garner can build a world! s anything but flat, and while his attention to detail occasionally pulled focus away from the story, particularly in the first third of the book, his descriptions of life in the South made me want to join Mulligan on the front porch to listen to a baseball game. It also made me want to never stay for the summer, or even get near a cotton field – whether I grow gills or not.
There is a certain rhythm to Garner’s writing that brings a good level of comfort. I wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about Mulligan in the first few chapters, but every time I put the book down, I caught myself thinking about the characters and eagerly jumped back in to see how the story played out .
If you’re looking for a time travel novel following the exploits of a grown man going back in time to get rich, popular, and (this time) snag the homecoming queen, you’ll want to pass on Mulligan. This book isn’t about wish-fulfillment, it’s an immersive read chronicling how one man experiencing life in the past becomes a better person in the present.