The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences, in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all—it is very tiresome: and yet I often think it odd that it should be so dull, for a great deal of it must be invention.
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That summer of the Pestilence was brutally hot, and the stench of rotting flesh hung in the air like an invisible, noxious fog.
Rick Yancey -- The 5th Wave
Rivers of fire …. bloodthirsty Vikings …. pestilence so thick you can’t breathe …. and mixed into all that, like some devilish bouillabaisse, bird knows how many wights and hollowgast!"