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They Move Below by Karl Drinkwater
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it was amazing
bookshelves: short-stories, speculative-fiction
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I am blown away by this collection. Every sentence is stunningly crafted in this literary masterpiece. From standard horror schlock to intimate think-pieces and character studies, Drinkwater has been smart and thoughtful with his delivery of tropes. For me the stand-out was the title story They Move Below, a lost-at-sea psychological eco-thriller using the vastness as the ocean to mirror the great unknowns of outer space. A lot of time and care was put into the order of these stories and the authenticity of the dialogue (as evidence in the Acknowledgements, expert advice was sought on highly readable phonetic representation of accents). The opening vignette Transmission (Part 1) is an eerie forecasting of the tone of the tales to come, it sets the scope and atmosphere perfectly, and is so brimming with eloquence I consider it the most poignant of prose-poetry.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
October 2, 2017 – Started Reading (Kindle Edition)
October 2, 2017 – Shelved (Kindle Edition)
November 25, 2017 – Finished Reading (Kindle Edition)
November 26, 2017 – Shelved
November 26, 2017 – Shelved as: short-stories
November 26, 2017 – Shelved as: speculative-fiction

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