Monday, June 04, 2012

The Black Opera

I've always enjoyed reading the peculiar and amusing alternate-history narratives of Mary Gentle and John Whitbourn. Think of Neal Stephenson with subtle and conspiratorial humour, laced with almost-fact and plausible-historical.

It was with delight, therefore, that I opened my 1st-Edition copy of Mary Gentle's The Black Opera: A Novel of Opera, Volcanoes, and the Mind of God and found that it was all about the odd lacuna in human history between the Napoleonic Wars and the reign of Victoria Regina, and about the Two Scillies, and bel canto opera. Brilliant. And this is why I am laggardly in my posting these days.

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