I have linked to Tor.com before but I am going to do it again. I may not have much of a science fiction reader in me, but once there is an element of magic I must read it. Hell even technology that moonlights as magic is enough for me to take notice.
And that is what makes this short excerpt from Bordertown (by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner) all sorts of fantastic. Shannon's Law has almost everything I love. Fairy tale nod, magic, technology made possible by magic, technology and magic co-existing, and a very slight romantic angle (which isn't over played in my opinion).
If you haven't yet I strongly suggest you read that excerpt. The minute I get enough free time, I will get my hands on more of Bordertown. This does sadly mean it goes behind a long list of books that I am still getting around to read but, that list is getting some work done, so maybe not too far down the line I'll be able to indulge my fantasy tooth in this astounding series.
Go read it now if you haven't you won't be able to stop till you reach the end!