On a routine crabbing expedition in the Bering Sea, Charlie Mears and the rest of the men aboard the trawler Borealis discover something unbelievable: a young woman running naked along the ridge of a passing iceberg. The men rescue her and bring her aboard the boat. But they will soon learn her horrible secret. By the time they find out why she was alone on the ice—and wha...more
What is she doing in the middle of nowhere?
Where is she from?
Most people when they see a stranded person and naked would not turn their cheek and not help them to safety, they had really had no reason to not help. When see is rescued and onboard the vessel all things seem to deteriorate and go wrong starting...more
A ship crab fishing in the arctic sees a nude young girl running in the ice and snow and picks her up. Almost immediately the crew regrets their heroism as the men on the doomed ship wonder who or what they have rescued.
Masterful description, great characterization, creepy beyond description, dripping with atmosphere---you can almost feel the cold that closes in on these cursed characters. A story of an encounter with the "other," the nam...more
His characters are often lost, fractured, wandering souls whose quests for meaning and significance so nearly mirrors our own, genre becomes secondary. This is why Malfi has enjoyed such succes...more
Thats when things start to go to hell in a handbasket on board the trawler, and the boat and crew start to disintegrate.
I enjoyed the descriptions of the ice and cold and the isolation. The crew of the trawler, Charley, Mike and company were well presented. Each had there share of problems and appeared to be ordinary men trying to make a living in a hard and harsh world.
Although this is a novella, the characterization and imagery did not suffer from the short length. Borealis was a unique story for me because I don't think I have read anything like this in the past—that alone was refreshing.
The girl in this story seriously creeped me out. The strange way she spoke, mannerisms, having no name, etc., made shivers run down my spine. She just feels “wrong”.
There is so much I would...more
Okay in earlier reviews when I had first started with Kindle-type books, I bemoaned the length of the format and said I was having problems with stories that seemed like they were running at 78 speed. Borealis is a perfect example of what I was getting at.
Ronald Malfi is a very gifted writer. I have now read three of his books; this, Snow, and Mourning House. The great experience that was Mourning House is still propelling me through his collection, and as with that book, the atmospheric q...more
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Unlike his other books, I didn't think there was as much character development in this story, but while the characters were a little flat, it didn't detract greatly from the overall story. The mystery behind the woman found on the ic...more
This was my 3rd Malfi after reading Passenger and Floating Staircase. I enjoyed those previous novels but I am now left with a feeling that he takes his ideas from movies. Passenger was reminiscent of t...more