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The Dragons of Babel | [Michael Swanwick]

The Dragons of Babel

When a mechanical war dragon crash lands in his village and declares itself king, Will le Fey is forced to become its lieutenant. Although he eventually breaks his enslavement, Will is banished by the townspeople, who no longer trust him. While he travels, he befriends a superhuman con artist and an immortal girl with no memory. And when the trio winds up in the extraordinary Faerie metropolis of Babel, Will becomes a champion to the tunnel dwellers below the city....
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of five Hugo Awards, Michael Swanwick is an icon within the fantasy community. In The Dragons of Babel he effortlessly blends magical elements and post-industrial atmosphere to craft a unique and unforgettable tale.

When a mechanical war dragon crash lands in his village and declares itself king, Will le Fey is forced to become its lieutenant. Although he eventually breaks his enslavement, Will is banished by the townspeople, who no longer trust him. While he travels, he befriends a superhuman con artist and an immortal girl with no memory. And when the trio winds up in the extraordinary Faerie metropolis of Babel, Will becomes a champion to the tunnel dwellers below the city.

In a starred review, Publishers Weekly praises this “heady literary stew” and describes it as “modern fantasy at its finest.” Narrator Dan Butler’s reading captures the full scope of Swanwick’s astonishing epic.

©2007 Michael Swanwick (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“Swanwick continues to turn traditional ideas of Faerie life upside down while remaining true to ancient Celtic Faerie lore. This masterfully written expansion of an iconoclastic vision belongs in all libraries of all sizes.” (Library Journal)

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    This was a fun listen, with a variety of creatures/characters and a nice story line makes this a great book. The narrator is a tad monotone but doesnt do a "bad" job.

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    "Fantastic!!"

    Due to my chronic laziness I rarely write reviews, even though I do value customer reviews when browsing. This audio book is exceptional. The plot, content narration and style had me hooked within five minutes. One of those rare finds where I am in no rush to find out what happens in the end, as I am enjoying the evolution of the circumstances our main character Will finds himself in so much. Also, Swanwick very cleverly has the listener constantly modifying his/hers mental picture of the world but in small ways, so we don't feel anything is being directly explained. A risk-free purchase - guaranteed.

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    "Well worth 12 hours of your life"

    This book took a little getting into but is worth the effort. A curious mix of fairy tale, little bit of sci-fi and some modern tech. An old story told with a good fresh twist, and the narration was very good too.

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