As bookish people, we seek out our favourite reading spot and allow ourselves to be swiftly taken to different times and places. My new feature here focuses on the “places”. Call me your armchComposeair reference guide to the (literal) world of books; the less expensive way to explore our world, right here at your fingertips.
I reviewed Vampire a Go-Go by Victor Gischler here yesterday. It starts off in anytown America…I don’t think it ever tells you where “Gothic State University” is, so that part is unimportant. We’re quickly whisked away to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. To quote the Wikipedia entry, “Situated on the Vltava River in central Bohemia, Prague has been the political, cultural and economic centre of the Czech state for more than 1100 years. For many decades during the Gothic and Renaissance eras, Prague was the permanent seat of two Holy Roman Emperors and thus was also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire.” That’s one heck of a resume, right?
In Vampire a Go-Go, the main character, Allen Cabbot has been given a copy of “The Rogue’s Guide to Prague.” I found no reference to this actually being a tour book but sure wish they’d make one like it (they rate site-seeing areas by the number of available hookers and other fun tidbits, just my kind of quirky read.) Having just arrived, Allen heads to the Globe Bookstore and Cafe; lo and behold, it’s real! What a great way to start, coffee and books, sigh….sorry got sidetracked, lol
So, what do you think? I personally hadn’t thought much of visiting Prague before but on hearing of all the old world charm and now seeing (secondhand) the beauty of its architecture and vistas, this has made it on to my list of “Win the lottery, travel here” places. While we’re not likely to come across any of the mythical people/creatures mentioned in the book, it sure looks like a great place to learn about culture and history. And we already know where there’s a book store, so what’s not to love?
(To continue reading the Wiki entry for Prague, click here)