The Dragons of Babel

The Dragons of Babel


By (author) Michael Swanwick

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  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Format: Paperback | 318 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 8mm | 45g
  • Publication date: 11 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0765331144
  • ISBN 13: 9780765331144
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 457,117

Product description

A fantasy masterpiece from a five-time Hugo Award winner!A war-dragon of Babel crashes in the idyllic fields of a post-industrialized Faerie and, dragging himself into the nearest village, declares himself king and makes young Will his lieutenant. Nightly, he crawls inside the young fey's brain to get a measure of what his subjects think. Forced out of his village, Will travels with female centaur soldiers, witnesses the violent clash of giants, and acquires a surrogate daughter, Esme, who has no knowledge of the past and may be immortal. Evacuated to the Tower of Babel--infinitely high, infinitely vulgar, very much like New York City--Will meets the confidence trickster Nat Whilk. Inside the Dread Tower, Will becomes a hero to the homeless living in the tunnels under the city, rises as an underling to a haint politician, meets his one true love-a high-elven woman he dare not aspire to. You've heard of hard SF: This is hard fantasy from a master of the form.

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Author information

MICHAEL SWANWICK lives in Philadelphia, PA. He has won five Hugo Awards and one Nebula Award (for Best Novel).

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Praise for "The Dragons of Babel": “"The Dragons of Babel" is an unqualified masterpiece representing the pinnacle of modern fantasy.  Simply put, it is great fantasy as great literature.” --"SF Site" “A smart, stark steampunk fantasy.  It’s gritty and magical and, in sensibility, is similar to Neil Gaiman’s "Neverwhere" and "MirrorMask"….Original and dashing, "The Dragons of Babel" is a breath of fresh air.” --"Starlog   ""This is modern fantasy at its finest and should hold great appeal for fans of Neil Gaiman's "Anansi Boys." . . ." --"Publishers Weekly," (starred review) “Dark, subversive, inventive, challenging, outrageous, and very funny… has to be a contender for one of the best fantasy novels of the year.” --"Interzone "“Swanwick's expert craftsmanship gives his fiction a brilliant, highly polished surface.” --"The Philadelphia Inquirer "“"