Wednesday, December 19, 2012

First Lines of "Wool"

"The children were playing while Holston climbed to his death; he could hear them squealing as only happy children do. While they thundered about frantically above, Holston took his time, each step methodical and ponderous, as he wound his way around and around the spiral staircase, old boots ringing out on metal treads."

- Hugh Howey, Wool (omnibus edition).

The first novella in the collected omnibus edition is absolutely fantastic. I'd recommend it to anyone. The fact that it was originally self-published makes the story and its success that much more impressive. The second novella is less immediately compelling  but part of the reason for this is that his purpose has changed - he's quite obviously building up a world for future stories. I'm really enjoying his breezy yet thought-provoking style, and the storytelling is top-notch.

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