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Any Way The Wind Blows

by Seanan McGuire

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I’m tired of this. They warned me when I started that one day I’d be tired of this, and I thought they were ranting and raving the way hidebound old fools always rant and rave when there’s a scientific advancement at hand—it’s as much a part of the process as the grandiose declarations of showing them, showing them all, and the ceremonial passing of the adventurer’s compass.― 

Seanan McGuireAny Way The Wind Blows


In the original story Any Way the Wind BlowsNew York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire presents a sweet tribute to Manhattan’s iconic Flatiron building–celebrating the longtime home of Tor Books as the publisher bids farewell for new office space.

Composed of travelers from nine different parallel dimensions, the Cartography Corps crew aboard the airship Stalwart Trumpet of Glory descends on the New York City in our universe to collect and preserve artifacts from the legendary turn-of-the-twentieth century landmark Flatiron building.

My Thoughts

This is a fun and fairly short story from famed author Seanan Mcguire. Even in it’s short format, the story packs in plenty of worldbuilding to give you a full sense of the moment in time and space that Mcguire is describing.
As someone who has visited The Flatiron building in New York, I can attest that it is an architectural marvel jutting away into space like the sail of a great ship. It is fitting that Mcguire used the imagery of another ship, in this a blimp, as a way to connect the two. At least that is the imagery I got from the story. She created it to celebrate’s residence at the Flatiron building. This is a fitting nod to the Tor team, and a node to the architecture of New York. It is wonderfully fun and a quick read that you can do in 15 minutes. 
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About the Author

Seanan Mcguire

Hi! I’m Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and RueA Local HabitationAn Artificial NightLate Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I’m also Mira Grant (, author of Feed and Deadline.
Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and share my house with two monsters in feline form, Lilly and Alice (Siamese and Maine Coon).

Beth Tabler

Elizabeth Tabler runs Beforewegoblog and is constantly immersed in fantasy stories. She was at one time an architect but divides her time now between her family in Portland, Oregon, and as many book worlds as she can get her hands on. She is also a huge fan of Self Published fantasy and is on Team Qwillery as a judge for SPFBO5. You will find her with a coffee in one hand and her iPad in the other. Find her on: Goodreads / Instagram / Pinterest  / Twitter


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