Saturday, December 28, 2013

"City of Lost Dreams"

Biographical details about Magnus Flyte are sometimes conflicting. He appears to have operated under several identities, and may have ties to one or more intelligence organizations, including the CIA, the Mossad, and a radical group of Antarctic separatists.

His literary executors, Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch, applied the Page 69 Test to Flyte's new book, City of Lost Dreams, and reported the following:
It’s fun to be a spy. For most of us, this activity is confined to occasionally training our binoculars on the neighbors, opening up the medicine cabinet of our dinner party hosts, or Google searching potential love interests. (The last one is not recommended.)

On page 69 of City of Lost Dreams, Sarah Weston is snooping through the Vienna apartment of Frau Doktor Bettina Müller. She has a task to complete - the elusive Dr. Müller has sent her there with strict instructions to retrieve something from the Doktor’s refrigerator – but Sarah wants to know more about the woman, so she’s having a good look around. She’s also putting off the moment when she must get whatever is in the refrigerator, which Sarah is very much hoping is not a human head. The rooms are filled with clocks. Clocks of all kinds. Hundreds of clocks. Buzzing, clicking, and cooing.
Their tickings gave the apartment a strange sort of vibrancy. Like being surrounded by heartbeats, Sarah thought. No. Like being inside a heartbeat.
Behind the Scene: Magnus Flyte’s indefatigable assistants travelled to Vienna in order to conduct on-the-ground research and location scouting for City of Lost Dreams. All the clocks described in this scene can be found in Vienna’s Uhrenmusem, where the intrepid researchers were shadowed closely by a security guard. Perhaps the gentleman was bored, or perhaps he was alarmed by the furious note-taking, sketching, and whispered conversations between the assistants about whether or not one of their characters should steal something from the Uhrenmuseum, and if so, what and how.

On page 70 we find out what is in that refrigerator. SPOILER ALERT: It’s not a head.
Learn more about the book and author at Magnus Flyte's website, Facebook page, and Twitter perch.

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--Marshal Zeringue