Everything about this book was good. The time travelers exist in the conscious of the host bodies and write letters to each other. The Prince of Atlantis prepares to be made King. I loved the details of Atlantis and the origin of the people. The idea was interesting, but this could have been longer... Silverberg writes much longer novels about themes that aren't as good as this, so why not flesh this story out a bit?
Ouestions SPOILER ALERT:
1) The letters are forbidden, and they will get in trouble for doing it once they get back. Why? The reason they go back in time is to report what they saw. If they both keep their mouths shut about the letters, and if the letters are destroyed, who will know?
2) What happens when he gets back? Will his girlfriend be there? As much as he builds up to the end, why finish it on the last page with a few quick sentences?
3) Is there a sequel to this, or more along the same lines? I would love to know.
I wish this had been longer. Perhaps Silverberg should take this and the similar but more satisfying "Thebes..." novella and "Up the Line" and whichever other time travel shorts he has written and put them in a collection that threads them together into the future world where the time travelers come from. It would be a good companion to his "Roma Eterna" book.
The first time I read this book I was somewhere around 10 or so. I was enthralled the moment I opened it, and I found the reading really easy. It tells the story of a guy named Roy whose mind (along with that of his love's) goes into the past. He inhibits Prince Ram of Atlantis while his love inhibits the mind of a neanderthal king or something like that. Anyway, the story is told through letters which are directed to her from Roy. It is a very interesting way of story telling. Anyway, now I am 18 and I still like it. I think it's one of the coolest books written. Another book I recommend is Thebes of the Hundred Gates by the same author.
As an Atlantean expert, I found that "Letters from Atlantis" tallies with the information given in Bruce Coville's "The Search for Snout", Disney's "A:TLE", and many other resources. It was also a terrific read, though the end was a bit less than I had expected. Anyone looking for more information on Atlantis, Atlantica, Athilan, Romany Star, or time travel should definately read this! Julia "Atlantima" Butler Master in "The City of Atlantis" ~ Neopets.com The Lost Empire Poet ~ FanFiction.net Diehard A:TLE fan ~ AIM Devoted follower of St. Milo