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none of the weird-physics inversion a contained color bomb would leave.
China Mieville reference?
Scott Lynch
“My disinterest in your bullshit is so tangible you could make bricks out of it”
Scott Lynch, The Republic of Thieves

Charlie Human
“The sky is almost the exact grey of the diseased lung of a two-packs-a-day smoker.”
Charlie Human, Apocalypse Now Now

Joe Abercrombie
“Cosca smiled up at the dragon, hands on hips. ‘It certainly is a remarkable curiosity. A magnificent relic. But against what is already boiling across the plains? The legion of the dumb? The merchants and farmers and makers of trifles and filers of papers? The infinite tide of greedy little people?’ He waved his hat towards the dragon. ‘Such things as this are worthless as a cow against a swarm of ants. There will be no place in the world to come for the magical, the mysterious, the strange. They will come to your sacred places and build . . . tailors’ shops. And dry-goods emporia. And lawyers’ offices. They will make of them bland copies of everywhere else.’ The old mercenary scratched thoughtfully at his rashy neck. ‘You can wish it were not so. I wish it were not so. But it is so. I tire of lost causes. The time of men like me is passing. The time of men like you?’ He wiped a little blood from under his fingernails. ‘So long passed it might as well have never been.”
Joe Abercrombie, Red Country

Lev Grossman
“Are you kidding? That guy was a mystery wrapped in an enigma and crudely stapled to a ticking fucking time bomb. He was either going to hit somebody or start a blog.”
Lev Grossman, The Magicians

Max Gladstone
“Well, here we are. Let’s change. Let’s change the world. Together.” “You sound like my father.” “Your father wants the gods back on their pedestals. I want us working as one: humans with Craft, gods with divine power, priests with Applied Theology. But we need space to build that society. We need the time and the power to change, and we’ll never have that time or power with Craftsmen crushing us. We need freedom, and I can win that freedom. Not in a decade or three. Today. In one stroke.” “You want a moderate revolution. You just need to kill a few people first.” “A few people. Yes. To free a city. To save a planet. Dresediel Lex will be a model for the world.” “I kind of like it the way it is.”
Max Gladstone, Two Serpents Rise

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