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Author: Greg van Eekhout

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – Gods of the Dimming Light by Greg van Eekhout

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Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies - Gods of the Dimming Light by Greg van Eekhout

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – Gods of the Dimming Light by Greg van EekhoutGods of the Dimming Light by Greg van Eekhout
Series: Diverse Energies,
Also in this series: The Last Day, Freshee's Fogurt, Pattern Recognition , Next Door, Good Girl, Pocket Full of Dharma, Blue Skies, What Arms to Hold Us, Solitude, Diverse Energies
Published by Tu Books on 01 November 2012
Genres: Anthology, Dystopian, Mythology, Norse Mythology, Short Story / Novella, Young Adult
Pages: 19
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased


Short Story Saturday is a feature here at Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. Starting with Diverse Energies which the book synopsis describes as  “In this stunning collection of original and rediscovered stories of tragedy and hope, the stars are a diverse group of students, street kids, good girls, kidnappers, and child laborers pitted against their environments, their governments, differing cultures, and sometimes one another as they seek answers in their dystopian worlds. Take a journey through time from a nuclear nightmare of the past to society’s far future beyond Earth with these eleven stories by masters of speculative fiction. Includes stories by Paolo Bacigalupi, Ursula K. Le Guin, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, Daniel H. Wilson, and more.”

Place(s) Traveled To: San Diego, California

First Line(s): He’s going to kill me.

Gods of the Dimming Light by Greg van Eekhout was an interesting installment in the Diverse Energies Anthology and deals with an interesting aspect of Norse mythology. As a lover of all sorts of different myths I was excited to see how Gods of the Dimming Light deal with this. The story starts out in the middle of the action and then flashes back to how it all began and this is a story trope that I am not usually a fan of. This is the case here and I would have preferred to have the events told chronologically as I think that the suspense would have been greater.

I liked how Eekhout wove in the ancient myths and prophecies into a modern setting to make a realistic story. It was fast paced and believable and as with so many other anthologies I wish there had been more. Edward is a character I want to learn more about. I want to know more of this dystopic world he lives in and how the prophecy that he’s a part of all plays out. The story feels unfinished but not in a disappointing way. Its the sort of open ending that many stories have so a reader can sit bit and imagine where things might go. I’m also excited to see that this story seems to be set in the same world as another book by Eekhout, Norse Code, which I am going to have to track down and read. With luck it will satisfy my need for more.