The Obscure Cities Series Blends the Subtle and the Fantastic

The Obscure Cities Series Blends the Subtle and the Fantastic

By Hans Rollman

The steampunk cityscapes are fantastic in The Theory of the Grain of Sand, yet the underlying mystery is subtle. 17 Feb 2017 // 7:30 AM

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