Primary Genre(s): Short Story, Fiction
Published: October 2010
Page count: 10
Format: online copy
My rating: ★★★★☆
I got on the wrong plane with a very strange briefcase, and it might be about to save my life. We’re landing now—not in the place I intended to land—and if I do this right, I’ll survive. But I’m not sure I can do this right…
Here is another Robin Sloan short story that is also available for free online. Please click here to read the story if you are interested. Here are my pros and cons:
- This short story is definitely quirky. So quirky that it is bizarrely odd and over-the-top… but I was still strangely intrigued by it. If you would have told me yesterday that I’d be reading a short story that talked about misprinted boarding passes, dead geese, weird languages, oceans, curved plane wings, fearlessness, death, the Smithsonian, headdresses, Gate 13, church ravens, and a fez, I would have told you that you were nuts! But that is exactly what just happened!
- I learned a new word – snarge!
- Sloan himself considered this one of his favorite stories. He called it “A weird little gem.” Read the interview here.
- This story is either incredibly confusing and indecipherable or brilliant in its simplicity. I honestly haven’t decided yet.
- Really, I can’t think of any cons other than I’m not 100% sure what I just read… and that is probably what Sloan wanted. It definitely made me think!
Ultimately, I think this is story about randomness, lack of predictability, and events that are out of our control and how we try to maintain control anyway. That is 100% my unqualified opinion about what I just read. I’d love to spark a discussion on this one! Who wants to give this a quick read and give me your take?? I’m all ears!