has a new book
coming out today. And it's totally Gold Room
. This is the Michael Chabon I love best. Kavalier and Clay
might have won some big-deal award
, but at heart it's for us sci-fi/fantasy geeks. Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure
is a rollicking page-turner. We're talking sword-fighting and mistaken identities and mysterious merchants on camels. Although nothing "fantastic" happens ? there are no elves or magic ? it is historical fantasy nonetheless. And it gets my highest compliment: I wanted to call out sick to finish reading it.
Our subsection Historical Fantasy is a place where worlds collide. A master of this subgenre is Naomi Novik. Her series, which begins with His Majesty's Dragon, is a delight. It's the Napoleonic wars but fought with dragons. What's not to love? If you want great characters, historical accuracy, and dragons, check it out.
I'm looking forward to reading Wealtheow: Her Telling of Beowulf by Ashley Crownover, out in December. Wealtheow, for those of you not up on your old English poetry, is Hrothgar's wife. Old, weak Hrothgar's beautiful, young wife... I should mention that.
Speaking of Beowulf... Seamus Heaney's wonderful translation gets a new look on November 5 with Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition. For another spin on Beowulf, take a look at Michael Crichton's wonderful Eaters of the Dead. It's all you'd expect from the man who brought you Jurassic Park.