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By R. Mitchell on 08-29-13
My new favorite short story.
What did you love best about The Walk Up Nameless Ridge?
The writing was great. I believe I know the character even though it was a short story. Enough science fiction to make the story good but in a way completely believable.
What did you like best about this story?
The way Howey writes.
What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He is totally believable as the character.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Not to spoil the book the one thing that moved me was the main characters' honesty and or dishonesty when he puts his goals above his Wife and kids. How his goals were not as he promised.
Any additional comments?
Buy anything Hugh Howey writes you will not be disappointed. I believe he may be the next Ray Bradbury. Just check out the Silo series and see.
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By T. L. Walker on 02-26-15
A Cautionary Tale About Man's Hubris
A group of climbers travel to a distant planet to conquer a mountain twice the size of Everest. One climber in particular aspires to glory, to being the first man to summit the largest known mountain. This story is told from his point-of-view.
Such a lonely, cautionary, chilling (no pun intended) tale of men's arrogance and the price some people pay for such a feat while trying to convince themselves it was worthwhile. For a moment, I was a little perplexed that the story was continuing beyond the moment that I would've considered a fitting end, but as I continued, I realized that this was intentional. It was meant to take away from the character's moment of glory, even the character himself lamented his story should've ended, trying to convince himself the rest was a part of his imagination. He couldn't bear what this journey made him as a person. What glory was in this moment? None. No matter how history remembered him. There was no glory beyond that point for him. Excellent read.
Jonathan Davis narrated this short story and he does such an excellent job as usual, even with all his sibilant "s" sounds. I actually find that endearing. He's one of my favorite narrators, and I'm glad that I decided to listen to this instead of just read it.
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