Lunatic, Lover, Poet

I’m three-fourths of the way through “The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet,” by Portland author Myrlin A. Hermes. Wow! What a roller coaster ride through English lit!

The historical novel, a retelling of several Shakespearian plays, was recommended to me at the Cannon Beach Bookstore this weekend. It’s fabulous. Hermes obviously had a lot of fun crafting this tale and it shows.

Horatio, our hero, is a 16th century poet and divinity student tasked with writing and producing a play. Among the characters he meets are both Prince Hamlet and William Shakespeare. I kept laughing out loud the whole weekend and shaking my head, thinking, “How the hell did she think this up?” Brava. A conjuration worthy of Merlin indeed.

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on March 10, 2010, in Blog and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I know! Isn’t it great. It’s full on though but in a good way – like eating 75% dark chocolate. I have to keep putting it down and stare into space. It’s making me work at reading it (trying to guess all the little tie ins) which I probably shouldn’t.

    Love that others love this sort of thing like I do.

    Cheers
    Tania (from New Zealand)

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