I met author Hayden Trenholm a couple of years ago and while we didn't agree on what the first English novel was, he seemed like a nice enough fellow, and I've been surprised ever since never to see his name come up on the end of year Canadian Book Challenge lists. I know his name isn't up there with Douglas Coupland or Robertson Davies, but surely someone must read him. Then, I guess I haven't either, even though I've had a copy of his Defining Diana sitting there on my shelf ever since, unread, so I can't say why.
Well, now after reading his short story "Like Monsters of the Deep," I know why I'm in no rush to read him. "Like Monsters of the Deep" is sci-fi, and pulpy sci-fi at that. I'm sure such a thing can be fun, but it's really not for me.
Set on a space ship transporting a cargo of sleeping humans to deep space, the crew finds itself terrorized by an unknown monster. I feel like I've been here before.
Keep three things in mind:
1. As I write this, it's 6:00 am in the morning and I've been reading for 18 hours straight. I'm somewhat tired and cranky.
2. I'm not a big fan of sci-fi. This surprises me somewhat as I would have been all over it as a kid. I'm not knocking sci-fi, but throw it out there because sci-fi fans might want to disregard my review. I say it feels formulaic, others might like the formula.
3. Not so much of a 3rd point as it is an addition to the 2nd. "Like Monsters of the Deep" has been published and was nominated for an Aurora Award. Clearly sci-fi fans appreciate it.
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