Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Abominable by William Meikle

Nobody knows exactly what happened on the last ascent of Mallory and Irvine in 1924. No details have been passed down to us. The heights of the tallest mountain have kept their secret. -- Until now.

Meikle delivers the goods with this fast paced short story. He uses the limited space to create a sprawling tale of survival, terror and friendship through the use of three separate narrative voices. He masterfully tells the story through a series of diary entries so the reader gets a first-hand glimpse of the terror that lives at the top of the world. He weaves these journal entries together in a very imaginative fashion (which I won’t give away). The result is a fun and exciting read that you never want to end.

Sure it was a short story but it was entirely satisfying. Frankly, I can’t think of a better way to spend an hour on a cold winter night.

Pick it up for .99 here.

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