Welcome to Trailer Park Tuesday, a showcase of new book trailers and, in a few cases, previews of book-related movies.
Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel by Zachary Thomas Dodson is a sumptuous feast--not just for the eyes, but for all the tactile senses. Featuring hand-drawn maps, natural history illustrations, subversive pamphlets, science-fictional diagrams, and a nineteenth-century novel-within-a-novel, Bats of the Republic is a book to have and to hold until death do us readers part. While the plot, a multi-century saga about war and civilization, sounds intriguing, it’s almost secondary to the visual delights of all this book’s hidden nooks and crannies. This is a book book which begs to be read in its “dead-tree” format. Bats of the Republic delivers a solid crotch-kick to e-readers everywhere and I, for one, applaud the work author, illustrator and designer Dodson has done here. The trailer is a good introduction to what waits for us between the covers; and here’s a photo showing the full spread of the feast: