The Sugar Festival Author:Paul Park There is a fresco in the prince's library where it is all set; the Sun painted on the black background of deep space, while around it spins the wheel of Earth's majestic orbit. And the rim of the wheel is made of numbers... for in those days the length of the year was a matter of dogma. Knowing it to be a lie, the bishop's astronomers had put t... more »he figure down as eighty thousand days precisely.
Closer in around the Sun and further out in space, the nine planets of hell pursue their separate ways...Earth is decorated with scenes of souls in torment...And in temporary orbit around Mega Prime moves Paradise....
No matter what the priests said, Winter seemed the longest time, the time of rebellion, of famine and disease. In the city of Charn-with its sprawling slums and castles-covered mountain-it was the time Bishop's priests ruled. The priests and the powerful, decadent Starbridge family.
But now Winter was nearing its end, and the drunken Prince Abu Starbridge and his cousin, Thanaker the doctor,fprsook the castle citadel for the slims below, mingling with thieves, heretics and Antinomials--nonbelievers without language, responsibility or desire, meat eaters in a world where meat was taboo, dangerous beings who lived free from thoughts, caught up in the spell of their our unique music.« less