The Fall of the Towers
Bantam, 1986 - 416 pages
Come and enter Samuel Delany's tomorow, in this trilogy of high adventure, with acrobats and urchins, criminals and courtiers, fishermen and factory-workers, madmen and mind-readers, dwarves and ducheses, giants and geniuses, merchants and mathematicians, soldiers and scholars, pirates and poets, and a gallery of aliens who fly, crawl, burrow, or swim.
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"Go away, Tloto," Quorl said. "Go away." Only Tloto came forward instead.
Perhaps it had been born of human parents, but to call it human now ... It was
bone naked, hairless, shell white. It had no eyes, no ears, only a lipless mouth
and nostril ...
Looking off he saw the slug-like Tloto coming towards his tree. A sudden urge to
sound pushed him closer to speech (Stay away! Stay back!) than he had been
since his arrival in the woods. But Tloto could not see. Tloto could not hear.
When Tloto came into the circle of firelight he gave it to him. Quorl gave a shrug
of frustration and flung a pebble at the retreating shadow. "He is useless," Quorl
said. "Don't waste your food on him. Oh, well, I suppose we're all histosents.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Larou - LibraryThing
The Fall of the Towers is an omnibus of a trilogy Delany wrote early in his career, and while it is nowhere near the quality of his best works, it is hard to believe that he was a mere 22 years old ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kimpe - LibraryThing
This book was interesting. It was my introduction to Delany, and there were many things I liked about this book, but there were also many things I did not. I never felt any true connection to any of ... Read full review