Napier's Bones by Derryl Murphy

By Derryl Murphy

What if, in a global the place arithmetic can be magic, the item you wanted so much used to be additionally attempting to kill you?

Dom is a numerate, an individual in a position to see and keep watch over numbers and use them as a kind of magic. whereas looking a mathematical merchandise of vast strength that has merely been whispered approximately, all of it is going south for Dom, and he unearths himself at the run throughout 3 international locations on continents, with not likely partners in tow and a numerate of unfathomable power scorching on his tail. alongside the best way are sizeable creatures of stone and earth, statues come alive, numerical wonders forged over countless numbers of years, and the very actual threat that he won't make it out of this alive. And either one of his partners have secrets and techniques so deep that even they aren't conscious of them, and a type of secrets and techniques can make for a seismic shift in how Dom and all different numerates see and have interaction with the area.

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Today, it meant nothing. The inevitable- reaction that had given early twenty-first-century negroes a slight sense of superiority had already passed away. The convenient word "nigger" was no longer tabu in polite society, but was used without embarrassment by everyone. It had no more emotional content than such labels as republican or methodist, conservative or liberal. Jan's father had been a charming but somewhat feckless Scot who had made a considerable name for himself as a professional magician.

As they approached the front door (which was not very easy to distinguish from the rest of the glass wall facing them) it swung automatically open with a fanfare of trumpets. Jean guessed, correctly, that she would be heartily sick of that fanfare before the day was through. The current Mrs. Boyce greeted them in the delicious coolness of the hail. She was, if truth be known, the main reason for the good turn-out of guests. Perhaps half of them would have come in any case to see Rupert's new house: the waverers had been decided by the reports of Rupert's new wife.

Glancing quickly round the table, he could see nothing suspicious in the faces of his friends. They seemed as intent, and as expectant, as he himself~ "IAMALL" spelled the plate, and returned to its point of equilibrium. "'I am all,'" repeated Rupert. "That's a typical reply. Evasive, yet stimulating. " He paused for a moment, obviously deciding upon his next question. Then he addressed the air once more. " "No," replied the plate promptly. Rupert looked around the table. "It's up to us; sometimes it volunteers information, but this time we'll have to ask definite questions.

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