Hi, I'm Odile, a historical linguist from the Netherlands who also likes to write about music, games, and history. Check out my longer blog posts and other writings on Sub Specie.
NR: Michael Chabon - Gentlemen of the Road. Chapter one starts out with an African jew and a European jew putting on a daring duel/con act for a group of unsuspecting strangers. Afterwards, though, they're confronted with the young prince of the Khazar empire, who has apparently lost his way. Setting: Middle East, 10th Century AD. Chabon seems to be able to twist genre tropes in just the right way, adding in some unexpected elements. This promises to be a nice bromance adventure novel. A bit like Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, but without fantasy trappings.