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Thy Rocks and Rills

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Published: 1953
Language: English
Wordcount: 11,106 / 40 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 79.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 844
Added to site: 2010.06.19 28202

They were out of place in the Manly Age—Stonecypher, a man who loved animals; Moe, a bull who hated men. Together, they marched to inevitably similar destinies...

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ndian relics; and the dams, infused with youthful vigor, matured. Beginning with Norris, which backed up the Clinch and Powell Rivers to inundate 25,000 acres and displace 3,000 families, the dams expanded mighty aquatic muscles. The Tennessee, the Little Tennessee, the Nolichucky, the Holston, the French Broad, the Watauga, the Hiwassee, the Little Pigeon--all the rivers spread their waters into lengthy, ragged lakes, changing the map of Tennessee more than any natural cataclysm, such as the great earthquake of 1811, had ever done. The Lakes provided jobs, electric power, flood control, soil conservation, a fisherman's paradise, milder winters, cooler summers, and they covered all the really good farming land in the eastern part of the state.

Catriona loaded the revolver. It was an obsolete .357 Magnum with a 6-1/2 inch barrel, and the cartridge cases of the metal-piercing bullets had a greenish sheen. "Now, put it in the holstah, and be ca'eful," Catriona said.

Stonecypher wore the holster, a

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
Sardo Weems

A creative, well-written story. The author imagines a post-atomic society in Tennessee will all mechanical contraptions either horse-drawn or electric, where duels are sanctioned by the government, and where a mutated bull begs to be sent to a bullfight for revenge.

The characters are interesting, the plot intriguing, and the world fascinating.

Worth a read. A bargain at twice the price.



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