In the squalid, Gothic city of New Crobuzon, novels mysterious half-human, half-bird stranger comes to Isaac, a gifted but eccentric scientist, with a request domination help him fly, but Isaac's old experiments and attempts to grant the Best unleash a terrifying dark force on the entire city.
Readers owe much to Stevenson.
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It is to this day my favorite book. Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple