I have yet to read a novel as complex or engrossing as Salman Rushdie's Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, the story of an enchanted princess who falls in love with a mortal and together, they bring many powerful children into the world. It's folklore at it's finest as we are fast forwarded to present day (or a little after) where all of the decadents can be found scattered across the world, only tied together by their common lack of earlobes and their superheroish powers. The rest of the novel is apocalyptic, set in Manhattan. There's love, magic, and war. If you like to read about any of those things, then you'll be delighted.