Crystal Rain by Tobias S. Buckell

By Tobias S. Buckell

Some time past, so the tales say, the old-fathers got here to Nanagada via a worm's gap within the sky. trying to find a brand new global to name their very own, they introduced with them a wealthy mélange of cultures, religions, and dialects from a distant planet known as Earth. effective have been the old-fathers, with the ability to form the area to their liking---but that was once many generations in the past, and what was identified has lengthy been misplaced. Steamboats and gas-filled blimps now traverse the planet, the place humans as soon as seemed as much as see nice silver towns within the sky.Like his international, John deBrun has forgotten greater than he recalls. Twenty-seven years in the past, he washed up onto the shore of Nanagada without reminiscence of his previous. even if he has made a brand new existence for himself one of the peaceable islanders, his soul continues to be haunted by way of unanswered questions on his personal identity.These mysteries tackle new urgency while the fearsome Azteca hurricane over the depraved excessive Mountains looking for clean blood and hearts to feed their merciless, inhuman gods. Nanagada's merely desire lies in a legendary artifact, the Ma Wi Jung, acknowledged to be hidden someplace within the frozen north. And basically John deBrun is familiar with the device's secrets and techniques, no matter if he cannot be mindful why or how!Crystal Rain is the much-anticipated debut novel through certainly one of technological know-how fiction's most recent and such a lot promising skills.

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John cleared his throat. “We can bury him here, I have a plot out in the jungle. ” The man’s burial was a simple, somber affair. John and Harold stood by as the two mongoose-men dug a shallow grave. Keisha and Shanta packed a few changes of clothes back inside the house. One of the mongoose-men reached in his pocket to retrieve a medal. It glinted in the moonlight, and after driv- Crystal Rain 45 ing a sharp stick in the ground, the man hung the medal from it. ” John and Harold nodded. Leaves shook and stirred softly as they walked back inside, boots clumping up the stairs.

Once inside, John set the canvas bag on the counter. Wooden shelves of tinned food lined the back wall. A few burlap sacks leaned against the counter’s foot. Troy opened the bag and pulled out the two paintings. “I like this. Is a righteous picture,” he said. A ship listed at sea, mast broken. Giant waves smacked at it. ” “Those took a lot of work,” John said. ” Troy reached under the counter and pulled out a gold coin. John sucked his breath in. ” Frenchies dove along the reefs to supplement their fishing.

Men on top drummed steel pans, the music echoing off the sides of the houses and warehouses they passed. Horses pulled more floats behind them, and costumed dancers followed. Along the sidewalk wooden booths sold patties. Or curried chicken. Or johnnycake. Or sandwiches. Jerome could buy bush tea, maubi, malt . . the list went on. Jub-jub pranced down the street, covered in black paint, demanding money from the crowd. Along the procession’s side Jerome spotted moko jumbies on their tall stilts.

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