Aubrey raises his broad pennant and heads out to West Africa on an anti-slavery mission (with some French action tacked on).
Maturin meets a potto.
For those who - like me - enjoyed Stross' Laundry Files series, this will be a welcome read.
Sadly this is a book I didn't get on with. I just found it.. dull. I read the first hundred pages, but then gave up on it.
For the record, it's the story of a man from c.1970 who's recruited into a secret government time travel experiment. Said time travel is achieved by immersion in period detail and self-hypnosis. What happens when he reaches 1880s New York, I can't say - I didn't get that far. There's a plot summary on Wikipedia.
And according to the Wikipedia page Stephen King, Carl Sagan and Robert Redford think highly of it, so there.
This starts with a good, strong premise - that in Collin's world books are created by Binders, who take people's memories and lock them away. Unfortunately, when it moves on to second section of the book (reconstructing the memory) it turns out to be an rather obvious love story and delves into YA melodrama.
I don't regret reading it, but I'm not going to rush out and devour Collin's other books.