Title: My Name is Mark Nine
Author: David Kutai Weiss
Rating: 5/5 Stars
“My name is Mark Nine. I woke up in Tokyo, but I don’t know how I got here. I think I’m being followed.” (description from Goodreads)
In this short story of only about 2,000 words, the author was able to set up a character, then slam the reader with a great, unexpected reveal to what’s really going on.
It’d be hard to get into much detail about this story without spoiling it for readers, but I liked the way I was able to see the world through the main character’s eyes/mind. It wasn’t only what Mark was experiencing, but also the way his world works. It’s a future setting, so it’s not easy to establish its differences from our present world in such a short story. It was done effectively, in my opinion.
I think there was just enough story, a great twist, and no need for more writing, though normally I’m left wanting at the end of a couple thousand words. Not the case with My Name is Mark Nine.
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About the Author:
David is a planetary geologist who is working on his Ph.D. in Providence, Rhode Island, where he staves off frostbitten fingers by typing up sci-fi stories.
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