Smoking Mirror ordered me to pick up a copy of A Scattering of Jades
by Alexander C. Irvine now that it's in mass market paperback. It also wanted me to look for this Scattering of Jades
as well, but one thing at a time. Although John Bierhorst's praise is no small matter. Anyway, Irvine's Scattering
manages to mix up P.T. Barnum, Aztec mythology, the Burr Conspiracy
and Tammany Hall
politics into a spicy secret history gazpacho. No, I can't believe I just typed that either. Just buy the damn book.
Now I just have to wait a whole year before his next novel,
One King One Soldier One King, One Soldier
comes out. From Irvine's website
In it, you'll discover interesting things about Arthur Rimbaud, the Ark of the Covenant, baseball, the Grail quest, and some other stuff.
He's got several short stories and poems on his website, he edits a zine
and it looks like the man's a small press fiend as well. And hey, he's from Ann Arbor, home of my alma mater
. What a weird coincidence.
Stop smirking, Smoking Mirror.
The title of Irvine's book comes from an expression used by the Aztecs to denote a wise man imparting his lessons. Besides the human sacrifice that everyone knows about and being one of the few people the Spanish could beat up, they were an amazingly aesthetic people.