Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone

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In showing us this vast, teeming, contract-bound city buckling under pressure, Gladstone perhaps is offering a metaphor for end-stage capitalism. Worth a try, even if it’s often more impressive than alluring.
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In Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone, shadow demons plague the city reservoir, and Red King Consolidated has sent in Caleb Altemoc—casual gambler and professional risk manager—to cleanse the water for the sixteen million people of Dresediel Lex. At the scene of the crime, Caleb finds an alluring and clever cliff runner, Crazy Mal, who easily outpaces him.
But Caleb has more than the demon infestation, Mal, or job security to worry about when he discovers that his father—the last priest of the old gods and leader of the True Quechal terrorists—has broken into his home and is wanted in connection to the attacks on the water supply.
From the beginning, Caleb and Mal are bound by lust, Craft, and chance, as both play a dangerous game where gods and people are pawns. They sleep on water, they dance in fire...and all the while the Twin Serpents slumbering beneath the earth are stirring, and they are hungry.



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About Max Gladstone

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MAX GLADSTONE went to Yale, where he wrote a short story that became a finalist in the Writers of the Future competition. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
 
Published October 29, 2013 by Tor Books. 350 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Jul 21 2013

In showing us this vast, teeming, contract-bound city buckling under pressure, Gladstone perhaps is offering a metaphor for end-stage capitalism. Worth a try, even if it’s often more impressive than alluring.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jun 17 2013

Gladstone outdoes himself in this exciting and imaginative return to the brilliantly realized world of Three Parts Dead.

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Good
Reviewed by David Marshall on Nov 18 2013

I can do no more than recommend Twin Serpents Rise as a debate on the merits of free-market capitalism disguised as a fantasy with dry legal contracts cast as spells, and cohorts of lawyers and risk managers acting the parts of enforcers and soldiers in the wars between business concerns. This is a fictionalised version of a poison pill defence.

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