- Paperback: 46 pages
- Publisher: Phoenix Pick (November 30, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612421199
- ISBN-13: 978-1612421193
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,411,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Man Who Bridged the Mist - Hugo & Nebula Winning Novella Paperback – November 30, 2012
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Throughout, they are forced to deal with fear and death and must try to reconcile their paths in life with the sorrow and fear. The course of fate is cold and dark and the realities are harsh and painless, yet through it all, you can sense the intensity of their emotion at the raising of the bridge. I think that ultimately the lesson is that we must cling to those we love and realize all of existence is fleeting. Somber, right?
There is a "no warranty regarding accuracy of content" statement in the front of the book! I've never seen one before. This is an indication of a slipshod format conversion, probably an automated one that wasn't checked by an actual person. Nothing else would need such a disclaimer. I suppose the publisher tried to do the format conversion on the cheap, but in this case a bit too cheap.
In the story, there is a continent-spanning Empire, with a problem. One major river system in the center of the continent provides the opportunity for a mysterious poisonous mist full of potentially deadly mist "fish" to flow downhill to the ocean atop the system's rivers and streams. This major river divides the Empire in half, and is forded only by those brave enough to ferry boats across the mist. Until Kit Meinem of Atyar comes to town to build a suspension bridge across the mist.
The story's about Kit, the people he inspires in order to build his suspension bridge, the brave ferry folk who ferry supplies/people across the mist river even though the bridge will destroy their livelihood, and bridge-building. It's got engineering, romance, danger, tragedy, adventure and a sense of wonder -- all packed into about 40 pages. It's well worth your money.
I read this because I happened to have a copy of the book and was curious about what made it Hugo-worthy. I am glad I did, as it is a remarkably deep and subtle story. The author does not go overboard in generic world-building, but instead follows one engineer through the process of building a bridge that will connect two halves of an empire. The inimical mist is not overexplained but beautifully described. As well as feeling I know more about bridges now, I liked the understated nature of the analogy of how any public works project depends on people connecting, not just ropes and cables. Nice if you work in the field and need some ballast.