Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon: "Ridiculously entertaining. If the movie people don't snap this one up, somebody's asleep at the switch."Next up, the ones they liked enough not to mock:
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2007, edited by Ellen Datlow, Gavin Grant and Kelly Link: "Bring out the bone china—a critically acclaimed fantasy/horror annual celebrates its 20th anniversary in grand style. . . Worth a space on any bookshelf."
In the Cities of Coin and Spice by Catherynne M. Valente: "Demanding, certainly, but no summary can do justice to the bedazzling intricacies on bountiful display here."
Devices and Desires: The Engineer Trilogy, Book One by K.J. Parker: "Those who prefer epics painted in sophisticated shades of gray to ultimate battles of good and evil will relish this first volume of a trilogy, published in the U.K. in 2005. . . Highly recommended, especially to readers tired of the usual thing." (This one also received a starred Library Journal review.)
The Last Days of Krypton by Kevin J. Anderson (filed under "fiction" and not "science fiction" for some odd reason): "Apocalypse Then. Its prose aptly—on occasion annoyingly—portentous, this Superman prequel is action-packed, depicting a lost world in fanatic detail. . . Sci-fi of Miltonic ambition."
The Kingdom of Bones by Stephen Gallagher: "In this moody, gripping period thriller, the shadowy world of the undead sucks in a beautiful actress and the man who would give his life to save hers. . . Dark but splendid entertainment."
The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia: "Flavorsome fantasy set in the hidden underworld of newly capitalist Russia, from an ex-Muscovite and current New Jersey resident. . . Great character sketches and plenty of magic-realist incidents, all set forth in charmingly Russian-accented prose. Missing a structured plot, however, the story lacks an essential firmness." (Picky, picky.)