Author: Garth Nix
In: To Hold the Bridge (Garth Nix)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Australian authors, Fantasy
Format: Short story
Publisher: Hot Key Books
5th sentence, 74th page: Ah, how I long to shed this vile form, the I may join him in heaven!
An alien breaks into a top-secret nuclear facility. Why? To see if he can end his life?
It was a little difficult to get into the flow of this short story. Not so much because of the style of writing, or even the militant background, but just because in the creation of these short stories, it was quite a change of pace. A strange demon like creature walks out of the middle of nowhere and heads off towards a nuclear testing site. Not sure what couldn’t go wrong there really.
I loved the near suicidal tendencies of the lead scientist, and Nix’s ability to compress three in-depth backstories into only a handful of pages. The amount of information squished into this makes the story seem that much longer and more complex. Yet, in actual length, it was one of the shorter stories in the To Hold the Bridge collection. It’s also been one of the more confusing and confronting stories….
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