Digging through some boxes of books I have in storage, I found my old battered paperback edition of John Myers Myers' (not a typo) fantasy masterpiece: Silverlock
. I remembered how much I enjoyed it and decided to give it a re-read to see if it was still as great a book as I remembered.What books are you reading?
For the next few hours I became a cliche. Because once I started Silverlock
, I really couldn't put it down. And I lost the better part of a night's sleep doing so.
Yes, it really is that good...
The story revolves around a self-centered and cynical Chicago businessman by the name of A. Clarence Shandon (aka Silverlock) who finds himself shipwrecked in a strange country known only as The Commonwealth
. The Commonwealth seems to be composed entirely of people and places from the great works of adventure fiction - something Shandon (whose education extends only as far as a BA in "business administration" could take him) is completely and delightfully ignorant about.
What follows is an allegorical coming of age story so well-written that it never once gets heavy-handed or obvious. Shandon encounters Orpheus, Mephistopheles, Circe, a certain sorrowful knight, Beowulf, and a host of others who guide, challenge, and occasionally give his ass a swift kick.
One of the fun things about this book is trying to identify all the literary allusions, characters, and works (there are hundreds) found throughout the story.
But enough blathering from me. Read this book. It's a masterpiece.
has released an edition of Silverlock
in hardcover which includes the hard-to-find Silverlock Companion
which gives a complete listing and bibliography of all the "stuff" found in the story.What books are you reading?
I just ordered a copy from Amazon. My old paperback has definitely seen better days. And if I wind up thumbing through this copy as much as I did my old one, I think I'd be better of with having it in hardcover. At $25, it's a good deal since NESFA editions are well made books.
There's also an inexpensive trade paperback available for about $10 here
.What books are you reading?