As most readers know, an anachronism is an element of a story that does not belong to the period in which the story is set.
Sparrow, whose origin (and birthdate) remain a mystery, is an anachronism; he definitely does not belong in the time periods of any of these stories. Even if he felt at home in any given era, his next story would almost certainly occur in a different setting.
But more than that, Sparrow is THE ANACHRONIST. Simply by being both an influential element of these stories as well as their narrator, he creates (whether intentionally, or by accident) additional elements that are inappropriate to the time and place.
The Anachronist warps the very environment around him, in subtle ways, just enough to make his audience question the setting of the story.
Have you spotted any of the anachronisms in these books? Read them with a careful eye, lest Sparrow deceive you...
Beware, beware, the beast of Lozère!
Who lurks in your dreams, and knows how to scare
You will freeze at the sight of strange dancing at night
And the dead, in their coffins, still stare.
A menacing wolf is terrorizing the village of Lozère. A beautiful young girl has lost her family and her best friend to this nightmare when Sparrow shows up with his characteristic curiosity. But all is not as it seems in this cold mountain village, where the beasts are like men and the men are like beasts.
Sparrow came to Lozère to tell stories, but he stayed for the stories Lozère told him...
It seems that no matter what game Sparrow plays, the cards are stacked against him.
Soon after he steps off a Mississippi steamer, Sparrow makes three regrettable transactions, and finds himself on the run from bankers, bounty hunters, and other bad guys.
But when he finds that the posse chasing him is also harassing an innocent young lady and her family, he decides that it's time to make his stand.
Drink, swear, steal and lie - those are the new rules of the game.
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