Built to encompass the entire range of lifeless mountains, it had always, relentlessly, clanked on and on. Within, vast halls and endless corridors were filled with the sounds of metal on metal, with hissing steam, with squealing gears. In the eyes of its citizens, it was sacred, deified,... show more
Built to encompass the entire range of lifeless mountains, it had always, relentlessly, clanked on and on. Within, vast halls and endless corridors were filled with the sounds of metal on metal, with hissing steam, with squealing gears. In the eyes of its citizens, it was sacred, deified, omniscient. Enshrined in their mythology for innumerable generations, it had gone by countless designations, but its truest name was perhaps its plainest: the Machine.
For Ballard, the Machine is a place of tedium, and ignorance, and cruelty. He sees little use in his mundane job and secretly questions the purpose of the Machine. When tragedy strikes, Ballard is forced to embark on a paranoid journey that will take him outside of the Machine, and everything he’s ever known, over the edge into darkness, past the point of no return…toward the blackness known as Marrow’s Pit.
Publish date: March 11, 2014
Pages no: 126
Edition language: English
I am in my second year of membership at Darkfuse and novellas like Marrow’s Pit are the reason why I joined and am still a member.Central to the story is “the machine”—a world-sized mechanism so vast that no one is familiar with more than a few sections and so old that its creators, even its purpose...
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you DarkFuse! I have some problems with this short story. Actually a lot of problems. But my biggest one is that I'm fairly certain this story is a ripoff of another short story, The Machine ...
I can't really say too much without spoiling things, since this is a novella after all, so I'll keep things short. Marrow's Pit was a well-written novella, but not exactly what I was expecting. Let me explain. The synopsis led me to believe that The Machine would be the main focus of this story. ...
Cross-posted on Soapboxing I've read four novellas out of DarkFuse's novella series now, and that this is the first that didn't really do it for me is a pretty great track record. All signs pointed to Marrow's Pit by Keith Deininger being in my wheelhouse: big, steampunky habitation called the Mac...
Well, it was bound to happen eventually. After a solid string of hits, I'm sorry to sayMarrow's Pit was the first DarkFuse title to miss the mark with me. Not so much an issue with Keith Deininger's writing, the problem was definitely more one of expectations.The way the cover blurb plays up the Mac...