Violence, apocalypse, war: just another day reading current best-sellers! We gave a rare star to George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones when it was first published in 1996, so the current trend of forbidding reads isn’t exactly new, though the trend has flourished lately. This week, we recommend books both new and old that revel in darkness and do such a good job of it that we don’t want to leave the worlds created in those stories.
THE MOON AND THE SUN
"A dazzling and spirited evocation of the passions, intrigues, and preconceptions of the age, along with a dandy pair of misfit, star-crossed lovers: an enchanting slice of what-if historical speculation."
Historical fantasy set in 1693 at the court of Sun King Louis XIV of France, from the author of Superluminal (1983), etc. In an age when the king's slightest whim has the force of an absolute command and the underclasses stand at the palace gates pleading for bread, Louis orders the natural philosopher and Jesuit priest Yves de la Croix to capture certain sea monsters that, he hopes, will yield the secret of immortality. Read full book review >