If the apocalypse is upon you with bleak horizons filling your eye line , what would you do next. Well Michael grist decided to write about his experiences in his own drawn out world of lost hope and gritty landscapes. All the characters show tinges of insanity and disease as they erode in this forgotten universe. Very well written covering many genres within this desolate world , from a predator type story to a dark romance between a robot and a minor bird. Michael is clever and sometimes falls in to descriptive whirlpools which although amazing can sometimes leave you a little confused. In summary a fun read in to some dirty landscapes and beautifully lost characters captured with delicacy by this absorbing writer.
I've recently started downloading low-cost sci fi onto my Kindle app, and been generally pleasantly surprised... And this collection of short stories is no exception. A sense of genuine other-worldliness permeates the stories, with shades of Cordwainer Smith creeping through the carefully constructed prose at times. I'm not sure if stuff this "out-there" would get published in a hard-copy only world, so good news, the future is here, and it works!
I started reading this book after seeing it for free on the authors website. The stories are very atmospheric much like the authors photography. As I have discussed (via his website)the stories remind me of studio Ghibli films particularly Laputa castle in the sky. The stories are well written and emotional. This book is well worth reading if you like sci fi. Looking forward to his next book.
Michaels writing has always gotten under my skin and made me feel things I just wasn't expecting. This book is no different. The title story is powerful, irksome, philosophically robust and captivating. Some may have to read in short bursts to enable assimilation of the thought provoking ideas and sizzlingly immense description. Michael is a scI-fi / fantasy genius of huge talent.