- File Size: 70 KB
- Print Length: 8 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Monolith Press (February 10, 2011)
- Publication Date: February 10, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004R9QQ0I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,402 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When the rebel-hunter Pyke chases a teenage girl into a dark alley, he expects to have a bit of fun before turning her over to his alien masters. What he finds will turn his world inside-out.
This short story by geek icon Wil Wheaton feels like the preface to something larger. The exposition is handled beautifully, setting the atmosphere of a world under siege in a few words, without feeling clunky. While this story is strong enough to stand alone, I would be very interested in a reading a novel-length work in this world.
Although his descriptions are definitely a strong point, Wheaton's characters are intriguing as well, particularly Nina. I did find the main character's evolution a bit less than convincing, though. For most of his life, Pyke is himself a resistance fighter, and then one day suddenly decides it's more practical to work for the enemy. There's certainly a streak of sadism involved in his decision, but mention of a precipitating event might have given the character more depth.
I really enjoyed this piece, and I hope it will be followed up by many more!
Seems like there is much more to be told in this story...would like to see it as a full length novel, switching perspective from the previous main character instead to his "prey" as the new main character. Would love to follow her and her sisters and find out more about the world behind this short story.
On an editorial note, I'm not the greatest when it comes to sentence structure or grammar but it seemed like the first two paragraphs used the main character's name too frequently. Just a petty nitpicky thing to notice, but it did distract me at first.
Once you get past that though, its an enjoyable little read and its lendable so that's a plus if you have a friend who also wants to read it but doesn't have the 99 cents. :)
Would I have liked it to be...more? Yes. Would I ever expect more from a short? Hell no. In fact, generally I get a lot less out of short stories.
So to summarize, I enjoyed Hunter a lot. It proves Wheaton has the chops to simultaneously draw a reader into a Science Fiction story and pull on one's threads of emotion making them feel something. I wholeheartedly recommend Hunter.
And to Wil, if you read this, I genuinely hope to see a full-length Sci-Fi novel from you some time in the future.
I like wil Wheaton's blog. this is better. could be a whole book instead of a short story if developed.
colony invaded by ill intentioned aliens. a traitor is punished by deception, forced to relive his treachery.