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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// Channel Surfing

"What shall it be? A Doctor with whip-smart delivery of his lines? A woman who will bewitch before she kicks a Dalek's ass? Oh, the possibilities...

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