Whom the Gods Would Destroy
"Any sufficiently advanced intelligence is indistinguishable from godhood." For Damien, growing up was all about being an outsider in his own home. His mother and brother shared an unfathomable bond that left him excluded from their lives. Yet his earliest, fragmentary memory of them was so... show more
"Any sufficiently advanced intelligence is indistinguishable from godhood."
For Damien, growing up was all about being an outsider in his own home. His mother and brother shared an unfathomable bond that left him excluded from their lives. Yet his earliest, fragmentary memory of them was so nightmarish, their lives were something he ran from as soon as he could.
Now an astronomy graduate student in Seattle, Damien is happy with his place as a speck in a cosmos vast beyond comprehension. Until his brother turns up after 13 years, to make amends and seek his expertise on a discovery that may not be of this Earth. The more the world expands to admit the possibilities of a universe stranger than even Damien has imagined, the greater is his urgency to resist being reclaimed by a past that never seemed to want him…until now.
Like a collision of galaxies between H.P. Lovecraft and Carl Sagan, Whom the Gods Would Destroy looks to the night skies as the source of our greatest wonder, and finds them swarming with our worst fears.
Publish date: December 10th 2013
Pages no: 85
Edition language: English
For most of his childhood, Damien was shunned by his sinister mother in favor of his older half-brother. Decades later, Cameron shows up, wanting help. Will Damien help him?When I read the blurb saying this was HP Lovecraft meets Carl Sagan, I jumped on it since that's a pretty clever-sounding eleva...
I'm not sure how Brian Hodge managed to squeeze an abusive childhood, a strained sibling relationship, elements of the science of astronomy, and a whole lot og cosmic horror into one 85 page novella, but I know he did it and did it extremely well.Taking the first person POV of Damien, a young man wh...
Damn, but this was one hell of a read. Whom the Gods Would Destroy is relatively short, coming in at under a hundred pages, but it starts creeping you out from page one and completely intrigues you by the end of that first chapter. Brian Hodgesuccessfully manages to blow your mind around the halfway...
( I thought I would re-post my review of this top notch Brian Hodge novella since it was just nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. I originally reviewed this book back in December. I know a fantastic story when I read one! ) WOW! That was my first thought. Let's see if I can elaborate on that....
This was a very thought provoking read that masterfully mixes science fiction and horror. Damien is the central character in the tale and the author does a great job in fleshing him out, creating a sympathetic but flawed man and one who is still trying to make peace with his turbulent upbringing.The...