Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

By Neil Gaiman

Fats Charlie Nancy's common existence ended the instant his father dropped lifeless on a Florida karaoke level. Charlie didn't comprehend his dad was once a god. And he by no means knew he had a brother.

Now brother Spider's on his doorstep approximately to make fats Charlie's existence extra fascinating . . . and much more harmful.

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We’ll have to deal with them as they come. Luckily, everyone with two good hands will be busy in the fields until midday, so we won’t have to worry about it until—” The innkeeper’s fingers fumbled clumsily, snapping the holly branch and jabbing a thorn deep into the fleshy part of his thumb. indd 15 1/9/12 11:47 AM 16 Patrick Rothfuss didn’t flinch or curse, just scowled angrily down at his hand as a bead of blood welled up, bright as a berry. Frowning, the innkeeper brought his thumb to his mouth.

Aaron stared seriously at the innkeeper for a long moment, his eyes darting up to the sword, then back down again. ” His voice trailed off, but his expression turned it into a question. indd 20 1/9/12 11:47 AM The Wise Man’s Fear 21 “I really am,” Kote reassured him gently. ” the prentice asked with a grin. The innkeeper’s charming smile went stiff and brittle as a sheet of shattered glass. “You’re getting Kvothe confused with Taborlin the Great,” Chronicler said matter-­of-­factly from across the room.

Such things could be sold back to the workshop immediately for a tiny profit. Then, since tiny profits weren’t going to be enough, I made two batches of yellow emitters. When used to make a sympathy lamp, their light was a pleasant yellow very close to sunlight. They were worth quite a bit of money because doping them required dangerous materials. Heavy metals and vaporous acids were the least of them. The bizarre alchemical compounds were the truly frightening things. There were transporting agents that would move through your skin without a leaving a mark, then quietly eat the calcium out of your bones.

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