Though he's best known for his post-apocalyptic masterpiece Riddley Walker (1980), all of Russell Hoban's novels are worth reading. Like much of what we publish, Hoban transgresses the limits of genre, combining elements of fantasy, sci-fi, horror, magical realism, and brilliant humor in unusual and interesting ways. His first novel, THE LION OF BOAZ-JACHIN AND JACHIN-BOAZ (1973), earned rave reviews and comparisons to C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Set in a time when there are no more lions, it follows Jachin-Boaz, a maker of fantastical maps, who sets out on a quest to find the impossible -- a lion for his son -- but ends up finding something other than what he expected. Features one of my favorite covers of late, by Henry Petrides.