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Book Report: Rumo

Back around Arizona Statehood Day, Your Humble Blogger read The City of Dreaming Books, a book by Walter Moers, picked off the shelf (in the litchrachoor section, not the sf) because the cover was appealing. And loved it.

I’m not sure why Walter Moers has three or four novels sitting on the shelf of the local chain bookstore every time I go there, but not one in the library next door, nor of course in the academic library that employs me. But it’s good news for corporate capitalism, because I have so far purchased two of those novels, and am very likely to purchase a third before my airplane trip next month.

Digression: I know that travelers can rent DVD players in one airport and return it in another airport. Is that set up with Kindles/Nooks/Sonys yet? Not that Mr. Moers’ses’ stuff is available e-format yet, but I must say that it would be worth, say, $25 to me to have one of them dinguses for the duration of the flight. Of course, if I bought a new battery for my laptop I could just use that. But still. End Digression.

I’m not sure what to tell y’all about Rumo (& His Miraculous Adventures). The titular character is a dog/wolf warrior puppy who escapes the floating menagerie of death with the assistance of a shark grub, goes on a quest to win the heart of his beloved, returns too late, and then has to descend to the Netherworld to get her back. Only with more swordplay. Lots of swordplay. And carpentry. And monsters. And everything else, really; his books are stuffed with everything, and whatever doesn’t fit is probably cut up into smaller pieces and reassembled to make it fit.

If you like low fantasy at all, and you don’t mind longish books with lots of things in them, you should at least try one of the Zamonia books. I don’t usually push people to try particular books and authors, but I am willing to make an exception, here, if only because I happen to know people who would like these, and won’t have picked them up because they aren’t marketed as low-fantasy but as, um, books.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,