Feb 22, 08
readers of fantasy and classic literature
Read in February, 2008
If you haven't discovered this gem for yourself, find a copy with all haste. It's a hilarious romp. Which I think is what Jerry Pournelle said about it, but it bears repeating.
Having just finished re-reading it, I found it just as engaging as the first time around. The language is a bit stilted -- everyone speaks in 40s slang -- and the ending is a bit abrupt, but it's still a great story and a lot of fun. I almost feel like I need to read it with Google handy, though, to catch all the characters that pop up. Off the top of my head, I caught Jane Austen's Emma, Robin Hood, Dr. Pangloss, Mephistopheles, the Mad Hatter, Beowulf, Puck, the Houyhnhnms, Circe, and several others that are slipping my mind. But I'm sure I missed just as many; nearly every character in the book comes from some other work.