This review has already made the Internet rounds: Zoe Heller calmly excoriates Salman Rushdie for his “lordly nonchalance” among other hubristic crimes. Our own nonfiction critic, Marc Velasquez, put Joseph Anton into his best books list just yesterday, stipulating that “Salman Rushdie is a pompous dick.” If you don’t mind pomposity, read the book. If you do, read the review. As for myself, as soon as I found out he’d written the book in third person, I took it off my to-read list.
I know Alan Sepinwall best as the TV critic who sometimes calls into Bill Simmons’s sports podcast to talk about Breaking Bad. This new book (which he self-published, notably), tackles a dozen “millenial dramas,” like Breaking Bad and The Wire, and analyzes how each one was made and how it changed television. Kakutani fairly gushes over it, so if it sounds halfway interesting, take the plunge.
Tailor-made for fans of The Song of Ice & Fire (i.e. Game of Thrones), this epic fantasy novel weaves history into fantasy fiction. It takes place in the Dark Ages, in 745 A.D., in northern Europe, and seems to a good balance of depth and entertainment.