Child of the River: The First Book of Confluence by Paul J. Mcauley

By Paul J. Mcauley

An Arthur C. Clarke and John W. Campbell Memorial Award-winner for his novel FAIRYLAND, Paul J. McAuley designs and fabricates remarkably elaborate worlds. He builds a few out of good bricks of technological know-how, a few from granite carved from the wealthy quarry of human background and adventure. All are remarkable constructs of invention and inspiration; spell binding landscapes to wander, discover and lose oneself in. He bargains now a global that stands tremendously aside: a spot of savagery, secrets and techniques and battle; the house of 10000 outstanding bloodlines governed via common devotion to absent gods; a realm of retailers, mercenaries, ghouls, heretics, bureaucrats and feral machines; a global referred to as Confluence. baby OF THE RIVER is the 1st publication of the top instances; the start bankruptcy within the ultimate nice epic of a mysterious civilization. In it, a novel younger guy named Yama makes his method from a ghostly urban of the lifeless to a city of residing wonders, and during the labyrinthine nation o

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It was almost entirely composed of men; wives were not allowed to leave the harems. They stood shoulder to shoulder, grayand brown-skinned, corpulent and four square on short, muscular legs, barechested in breechclouts or kilts. They stank of sweat and fish and stale riverwater, and nudged each other and jostled for a better view. There was a jocular sense of occasion, as if this were some piece of theater staged by a traveling mountebank. It was about time the magician got what he deserved, they told each other, and agreed that the Aedile would have a hard time of it winkling him from his nest.

Yama tested the cage's wire mesh, but although he could deform its close-woven hexagons, they were all of a piece, and the door was so close-fitting Yama could not get his fingers into the gap between it and its wire frame. The sun crept into view above the little courtyard's glass ceiling, filling it with golden light, and began its slow reversal. At last, Yama dared to touch the apothecary's outstretched hand. It was clammy, and irregular plates shifted under the loose skin. Dr. Dismas did not stir.

All will be well. " "I do not think so," Yama said, but pulled his shirt over his head. Now he knew that he was not going to be killed, he felt a shivery excitement. This was the adventure he had dreamed of, but unlike his dreams it was not under his control.

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