Since this is a web site for writers then I suppose I should start making entries in my blog. Perhaps I should start by introducing myself to the reader--naaah, I'm too boring for words. Michael Gruber is a better subject.
If you don't know of Mr. Gruber he is an author. Unfortunately he is not on Red Room; it would be very interesting to see another web page he put together (go to www.michaelgruberbooks.com for his current web page). At any rate he is an author worth reading.
His latest book is The Forgery of Venus. The book concerns an artist who takes part in an experiment using a drug named Salvinorin A, which is derived from the plant Salvia divinorum. This is a real plant used by shamans for the purpose of divination. The drug can take the user on a trip through time.
Artist Charles Wilmot takes the drug and begins having memories of the great Spanish artist Velasquez. At the same time he is hired to forge a painting in the classical style of--Velasquez. Or is he forging a painting? Is he remembering the life of the great painter? Was he Velasquez? Who is he really?
If I had the descriptive powers of Michael Gruber this would be a much better review. I suppose you will have to read him yourself to find out. I recommend any of his books but especially Valley of Bones. My hope is that you enjoy him as much as I do.