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FUGITIVES OF CHAOS
Copyright © 2006 by John C. Wright
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ISBN-13: 978-0-7653-5387-0 ISBN-10: 0-7653-5387-3
First Edition: November 2006
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For my mother, in memory of all the chaos
I created in my youth.
Dramatis Personae xi
1 Interlude with Amelia 1
2 Paper, Scissors, Rock 17
3 Circuitous Acts 29
4 Blackmail 53
5 The Cold Stars Turn 68
6 The Barrow Mound 85
7 The Kissing Well 105
8 Talismans of Chaos 122
9 Wings 139
1O Waters 154
11 Talon, Tooth, and Nail 177
12 North by Northwest 192
13 Freedom and Flight 210
14 The Crossing 228
15 Blind Spots 249
16 Remember Next Time Not to Look 266
17 The Ire of the Heavens 280
18 Festive Days on the Slopes of Vesuvius 296
19 The Fury of the Deep 319
20 Dies Not, nor Grows Old All Her Days 343
The translations of Herodotus used herein are based on the work of G. C. Macaulay, J. C. Wright, S.
Felberbaum, and G. Rawlinson. Any errors or omissions are strictly the author's. The translation of Hesiod is taken from H. G. Evelyn-White.
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