Infernal Devices (Angry Robot) by K. W. Jeter

By K. W. Jeter

HE INHERITED A WATCHMAKER'S shop - and an entire HEAP OF hassle. yet idle sometime-musician George has little expertise for clockwork. And while a shadowy determine attempts to scouse borrow an outdated machine from the premises, George unearths himself embroiled in a secret of time shuttle, song and sexual intrigue. a real misplaced vintage, a steampunk unique whose time has come.

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Creff was visibly agitated by the stranger's appearance at our door. Memory calls to mind the anxious wringing of his hands, resembling two furless pink badgers wrestling for each other's throats, and the perfect circularity of his widened eyes. " whispered Creff. " The badgers throttled themselves bloodless. I kept my own voice level, as, the shop being downstairs from the room where I took my breakfast, the visitor was in no danger of hearing the calumnies he had occasioned. "'Ethiope' may be apparent on the surface," I said.

I sit at the prison of my desk, gnashing my teeth and grinding my pen-nib into the mocking white expanse of the paper under my hand. The coaxing words of a very Delilah! ) "My buddy – I mean, Mr Scape – he gets a little excited sometimes. " Miss McThane's hand strayed to the top of my cravat, one slender finger teasing a loop of silk free from the knot. "Like when he's talking about something he's really hot on. " "Yes…" The word was no more than a squeaking gasp. The loosening of the constriction around my throat did nothing to aid my breath past the stone that had formed inside it.

He sounded annoyed, as if having discovered a jest played on him. " "You must be mistaken," I said. " "See for yourself, then," I followed him down the steps. In the workroom, by the brass wall of my father's creations, where I had seen the jagged edge of metal tear the brown skin, I knelt down on the stone floor. Creff held the lantern above, illuminating the spattered wetness from my client's wound. Even before I touched it, a faint scent traced across my nostrils, evoking memories of childhood: the aunt who raised me, and our visits to the seashore at Margate.

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