I just got this in the mail yesterday. You need it. Yes, you do: Jesse Bullington’s utterly outrageous, language-filthy The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart. (Some among you may remember that this blog had a small role in getting the word out about this novel pre-acceptance.)
What’s it about?
Hegel and Manfried Grossbart may not consider themselves bad men–but death still stalks them through the dark woods of medieval Europe. The year is 1364, and the brothers Grossbart have embarked on a naÃ¯ve quest for fortune. Descended from a long line of graverobbers, they are determined to follow their family’s footsteps to the fabled crypts of Gyptland. To get there, they will have to brave dangerous and unknown lands and keep company with all manner of desperate travelers-merchants, priests, and scoundrels alike. For theirs is a world both familiar and distant; a world of living saints and livelier demons, of monsters and madmen. The Brothers Grossbart are about to discover that all legends have their truths, and worse fates than death await those who would take the red road of villainy.
Orbit has done a marvelous job with the book–take a look (oh my–all of those f-bombs on the first page; ahm mightily offended…)