out of 5
Review by Clay
WMichael Swanwickâ€™s â€˜The Dragons of Babelâ€™ (Tor, $25.95, 318 pages) is the second novel set in an alternate universe that mixes old-fashioned fantasy (monsters, magic, lost princes and charming rogues) with a grimmer 21st century vision (modern cities in decay, corruption, disillusionment), and though itâ€™s not quite a classic, itâ€™s a great read.
First, thereâ€™s no need to have read â€˜The Iron Dragonâ€™s Daughter,â€™ which was written in 1993, so donâ€™t worry about getting lost. The