Beasts by John Crowley

By John Crowley

Painter is a leo - half guy, half lion - the results of one among man's genetic experiments, a strong, attractive, enigmatic creature deemed a 'failure' to be be hunted down. yet Painter has benefits during this international of small bickering state states and political lodging and compromise: his personal power and integrity, and the guile of Reynard, one other of man's experiments, a refined and powerful intriguer, a king-maker...

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We're not at liberty to say," said the USE man. " He leaned forward, lacing his fingers together; his eyes rifled earnestness at her relentlessly. "Director, I understand that you feel deeply about the inviolability of your area here. We respect that. We want to help you preserve it. This leo or leos are in violation of it. Now, you're very peace-loving here" -- a fleeting smile of complicity -- and of course we interface with you there, USE is of course strictly pacifist. So we feel that these leos, who as we've pointed out are all armed and violent, can't be handled by the means you have, which are peaceful and thus inadequate.

There was no other time when Meric Landseer felt so intensely the immense size of Candy's Mountain as when he looked down at evening into the twilight that extended over the plains, and watched it crawl level by level up toward him, Sunlight pierced the glass he held, starting a flame in its center. " "I don't know," Bree sat upright on the chaise, her tawny legs wide apart, knees glossy with sun, with their extra share of sun. She scratched herself lazily, abstractly, turning the fine gold-edged pages.

The roofless house threw out a long tenuous shadow over the bent grass; the woods beyond had grown obscure. Now and again, clouds of starlings rose up and settled again to their disputatious rest. Their noise and the combing of the wind were all the sounds there were. In an access of courage, feeling suddenly capable of it in the failing light, Meric stood. He was in their view now. One looked up, but started no alarm. Having then no choice -- he had dived into their consciousness as a hesitant swimmer dives into cold water -- he picked up his bag and started slowly but deliberately -- in imitation, he realized, of their steady manner -- down to the camp.

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