All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

By Charlie Jane Anders

From the editor-in-chief of io9.com, a gorgeous novel concerning the finish of the world—and the start of our future
Childhood pals Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't count on to work out one another back, after parting methods lower than mysterious conditions in the course of highschool. in spite of everything, the advance of magical powers and the discovery of a two-second time computer may perhaps not often fail to alarm one's friends and families.
But now they're either adults, dwelling within the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling aside round them. Laurence is an engineering genius who's operating with a gaggle that goals to keep away from catastrophic breakdown via technological intervention into the altering international weather. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world's magically proficient, and works with a small band of different magicians to secretly fix the world's every-growing diseases. Little do they become aware of that anything greater than both of them, whatever all started years in the past of their adolescence, is decided to carry them together—to both retailer the area, or plunge it right into a new darkish ages.
A deeply magical, darkly humorous exam of lifestyles, love, and the apocalypse.

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Now and again, a merchant will resort to a house to purchase a girl, and find her master thus embracing her, and not giving over until he has fully had his will; in this there is thought nothing remarkable. Every morning a slave girl comes and brings a tub of water and places it before her master. He proceeds to wash his face and hands, and then his hair, combing it over the vessel. Thereupon he blows his nose, and spits into the tub, and, leaving no dirt behind, conveys it all into this water.

More than a million inhabitants lived within its famous circular walls. Bagdad was the focus of intellectual and commercial excitement, within an environment of extraordinary grace, elegance, and splendor. There were perfumed gardens, cool shady arbors, and the accumulated riches of a vast empire. The Arabs of Bagdad were Muslim and fiercely dedicated to that religion. But they were also exposed to peoples who looked, acted, and believed differently from them. The Arabs were, in fact, the least provincial people in the world of that time, and this made them superb observers of foreign cultures.

Many of the company perished and a number of the camels and horses were drowned. We crossed the river with difficulty. Then we went a few days farther on and crossed the river Gaha, then the river Azhn, then the Bagag, then the Smur, then the Knal, then the Sub, and then the river Kiglu. At length we arrived in the land of the Baskirs. The Yakut manuscript contains a short description of Ibn Fadlan’s stay among the Baskirs; many scholars question the authenticity of these passages. The actual descriptions are unusually vague and tedious, consisting chiefly of lists of the chiefs and nobles encountered.

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