Another quarter, another Westeros book from George R.R. Martin. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a collection of the Dunk and Egg stories which have appeared in previous anthologies. Therefore we cannot say that this book is extending the wait for Winds of Winter.
This could be a category in itself: Westeros Books To Tide Us Over Until The Winds of Winter is published. It includes The World of Ice and Fire, The Lands of Ice and Fire (maps), Dangerous Women and other multi-author anthologies featuring stories by GRRM.
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a prequel to A Song of Ice and Fire. A century before the War of the Five Kings, the hedge knight Ser Duncan the Tall wanders across Westeros with his little squire Egg, joining jousts, getting embroiled in royal intrigues, and having rollicking adventures.
Featuring beautiful illustrations by Gary Gianni, A Knight reminds us of the illustrated King Arthur stories we loved as a kid. Of course if you’re looking for Game of Thrones before there was Game of Thrones, look up T.H. White, Malory, Mary Stewart, and the many retellings of the Arthurian myths. Battles, quests, wizards, incest, the works.
This one is for the You May Be Through With Dostoevsky, But Dostoevsky Isn’t Through With You Yet shelf. It’s a new Penguin Classics edition of Crime and Punishment, translated by Oliver Ready. Hmmm, it’s been a while since we saw a 19th century Russian novel that wasn’t translated by Pevear-Volokhonsky.
The book features cartoons by Zohar Lazar on the fold-out covers. The cartoon on the back is about Raskolnikov’s dream of the flogged horse. Wonder if the episode has anything to do with Friedrich Nietzsche’s nervous breakdown, during which he witnessed a horse being flogged, tried to protect it, and collapsed. Crime and Punishment came out in 1866, Nietzsche collapsed in 1889. We know he admired Dostoevsky; had he been reading C&P?
Patay Kung Patay, a graphic novel by Mike Alcazaren, Noel Pascual and AJ Bernardo, isn’t in stores yet, but you can order it from their Facebook page. If you like zombie horror liberally laced with comedy and tackling socio-political issues, you have to read this.