Well, I've done it again.
And lost the Publisher's Weekly reviewer in the bushes.
Whiskey and Water: A Novel of the Promethean Age
Elizabeth Bear. Roc, $14 paper (448p) ISBN 978-0-451-46149-0
Addressing such wide-ranging topics as absolution, kindness and cruelty, Bear mixes classic and modern supernatural archetypes to craft a beautiful tale whose reach exceeds its grasp. Seven years after the antifairy Promethean Society was nearly destroyed (as chronicled in Blood and Iron), Fae, devils and humans begin further duels for power and their immortal souls. Seeking vengeance, Christopher Marlowe leaves Lucifer's household and challenges the Promethean Mage Jane Andraste to a duel. Meanwhile, Lucifer enrages Satan by requesting an audience with God, and Àine, the queen of the Unseelie Court, tries to unseat Jane's
granddaughter, Elaine, as Faerie Queen. These battles occur simultaneously, straining the reader's ability to keep track of each character's multiple machinations. In fact, so many fabulous characters appear (Morgan le Fey, Fionnghuala, the archangel Michael, etc.) that the book desperately needs a complete list of its dramatis personae and their multiple aliases to give the reader a fighting chance to fully enjoy this idiosyncratic fantasy. (July)
I did warn everybody that this was my densest book, yes? You're all prepared to run and keep up? **
I think you're smart enough to handle it.
(And the next one is easier. ;-) )
In other news, I have exercised and fed myself. Next step, guitar practice and math, and then I get to spend the rest of the day writing.
Which actually seems like a treat right now.
Oh, and I should get some of these books into Librarything and clean the kitchen, yeah.
**That said, apparently they *liked* it.