Book of the Week: Scandal in Babylon

I haven’t read much straight-up mystery novels lately, but I was always a fan of Christie and Sayers. I’ve just started Barbara Hambly’s Scandal in Babylon, which takes the characters from Bride of the Rat God, changes all their names*, presumably shakes all the supernatural pulp off of them, and have them deal with conventional murders and mysteries.

…I think I’m okay with this. At least it’s been a good book so far.

*Except for the dogs. The dogs’ names are inviolate. I’m also okay with this.


Book of the Week: Bride of the Rat God.

Well… Bride of the Rat God is simultaneously about the silent film era of Hollywood; Pekingese dogs; and an ancient, murderous Chinese curse. ….Yes, this is pulp. Quite entertaining pulp, particularly regarding the bits about the Pekingese. They’re apparently much more awesome dogs than I had been previously led to believe. Seriously, this standalone by Barbara Hambly is well worth perusing, especially if you like historical fantasy where you don’t have to take a refresher course in medieval/Renaissance history first.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. Continue reading Book of the Week: Bride of the Rat God.