In 2016, Montage Hotels & Resorts named New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer as the brand’s literary ambassador. In this role, Meltzer recommends his favorite literary finds for both children and adults each month on MontageMagazine.com. Below you will find his book suggestions for the month of January.
This debut novel by Charlie Jane Anders, the editor-in-chief of Gawker’s popular geek-culture website io9, offers poetic perspective to her love of fantasy and science fiction with this story about the end of the world, and the beginning of the future. After parting ways under mysterious circumstances in high school, Patricia Delfine, a witch who is now a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and Laurence Armstead, a tech wunderkid who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention, meet again as adults in San Francisco. Global catastrophes are brewing, and something begun years ago in their youth is determined to bring them together to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages. “This is the story of two friends who parted ways after high school and now stand reunited,” says Meltzer. “I can’t say anything else. It won’t do this book justice. But this will sweep you along on a ride of the mind.”
A mouse is taking a stroll through the deep, dark wood of a European forest when, much like Maurice Sendak’s quartet of wild things, along comes a hungry fox, then an owl, and then a snake. The mouse is good enough to eat, but smart enough to know this, so he invents . . . the gruffalo! As Mouse explains, the gruffalo is a creature “with terrible claws, and terrible tusks in its terrible jaws, and knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of its nose.” The gullible fox runs away when Mouse tells him that the gruffalo’s favorite food is roasted fox. “Silly old Fox!” says Mouse, “Doesn’t he know? There’s no such thing as a gruffalo!”
This book is “for the monster in all of us,” says Meltzer, “especially for those who need to see their own power.”
Check back next month for Meltzer’s book recommendations for February. Also, be sure to take a look at Meltzer’s December book recommendations.