Tuesday, July 10, 2018
AETHERCHRIST by Kirk Jones
The digital era: Analog is all but dead, but the rusted towers still strobe on the evening horizon. They project a conflicting myriad of hope, despair and eyeless ghouls who claim to see the world in gigahertz.
This is my first time reading Kirk Jones, but it won't be my last. AETHERCHRIST is a strong novella. The cover is aesthetically pleasing. I usually stay away from science fiction books, but this one looked dark, so I gave it a go. I wasn't disappointed in my decision to read this one.
Rey lives a mundane life, selling knives from door-to-door. He wants to score with his boss. He also wants his coworker to stop showing him his penal region. As he is making his rounds in the backwoods of Vermont, he stumbles upon a house filled with analog televisions. Rey sees himself on all the television screens. That is when his world spirals out of control.
Kirk Jones does a great job creating this trippy world. Rey is a solid protagonist. I had to know what was happening with Rey. Needless to say, this is a quick read that will blow your mind. It is a smart read. At times you will think about deep subjects and topics like destiny and the universe.
My favorite part is the intervals that brought the history. I love history, guys! Learning about the history of analog televisions was incredible. Even though I don't normally read science fiction, I dug this story. Don't get me wrong, AETHERCHRIST also brings the horror. The characters were solid. The ending is great, too!
I will definitely be reading Kirk Jones' other works. If you haven't read him yet, then you should remedy that.