Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Citadel Of Lost Ages - Leigh Brackett


Number of words : 20000
Percent of complex words : 6.0
Average syllables per word : 1.4
Average words per sentence : 11.3


Fog : 6.9
Flesch : 80.2
Flesch-Kincaid : 4.9


The Citadel

Future Earth, postapocalytpic, with aliens. Place of power in New York, near the Palisades. ""Sunk a half mile deep in solid rock—area larger than the Empire State Building—lined and reinforced with steel—earthquake-proof, floodproof—heat and air supplied by sea!ed atomic generators with an efficiency period of five thousand years .. .""

Temple of Eternal Night

Numi religious structure.

The Desert Gate

Through which you must go to reach The Citadel.



Sleeper and prisoner that awakens with a dodgy memory and important technological knowledge.


Girl that Fenway knows. Half-blood Numi.


Arika's brother, but takes after his Numi side.


Jailor of Fenn and Numi religious leader.


Outlaw leader.



Race of aliens, their names means New Men.


The Great Dark

Term for static diurnal planet.

The Destruction

Term for the damage caused by the Dark Star passing earth.


Fenway awakes in the future dominated by the New Men. (They may be aliens, may be a mutation caused by an Earth changed by astronomoical calamity) and meets Arika, a half-breed, again. Also her brother. Fenn knows if he can remember how to get to The Citadel. A place in New York where humans stored examplars of technology and techniques for future survival, post Destruction.

The Numi leader RhamSin is also interested in this, but Fenn finds aid in an outlaw band-but the divided loyalties of the half-breed siblings cause problems. Once at The Citadel Fenn has the advantage because of his knowledge of the tech, if he can remember the deadly uses.

4 out of 5

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