.We're coming up on the end of the promotion cycle for The Dragons of Babel, which means that I'll be downsizing this blog soon. More on that later.
Meanwhile, I just got another starred review from School Library Journal. So I can put it next to the starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and Library Journal. I gather, from the way my agent and my editors react whenever I get one of these things, that this is a big deal.
Anyway, here's the review:
*SWANWICK, Michael. The Dragons of Babel. 318p. CIP. Tor. 2008. Tr $25.95. ISBN 978-0-7653-1950-0. LC 2007034918.
Gr 9 Up–An unusual combination of Faerie, postindustrial Earth, and biblical places, The Dragons of Babel will immediately capture readers’ interest. A war is going on, but the “dragons” involved are part machine and part magic. One crash-lands near a Faerie village and declares itself king. Teenaged Will, part mortal, is forced to become its lieutenant and carry out its commands to the villagers, which eventually causes him to be driven out after it is killed. He is rescued by female centaurs during a battle of giants and ends up on the train to Babel accompanied by Nat Whilk and his adopted daughter, Esme. The three of them wind up in underground Babel (think New York City with a postindustrial fairy twist) where he helps the downtrodden. In a world full of every fairy imaginable (and maybe a few that aren’t), Will becomes the center of Tower of Babel itself. Readers will empathize with the teenager, who is struggling to find his place in this world, and growing both in stature and knowledge, and the zany characters who accompany him. Earthy, bawdy, and often brutal, it’s a story that will keep science fiction/fantasy fans involved till the end.–June H. Keuhn, Corning East High School, NY.
And, As Always . . .
The poem du jour continues, this time with a brief example of narrative poetry.