Book Review – Marrow’s Pit by Keith Deininger

Review of: Marrow's Pit
Keith Deininger

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On 2015-06-03
Last modified:2015-06-03


Atmospheric, but short and incomplete

Marrow's Pit by Keith Deininger

Marrow’s Pit by Keith Deininger

The blurb machinates:

Built to encompass the entire range of lifeless mountains, it had always, relentlessly, clanked on and on. Within, vast halls and endless corridors were filled with the sounds of metal on metal, with hissing steam, with squealing gears. In the eyes of its citizens, it was sacred, deified, omniscient. Enshrined in their mythology for innumerable generations, it had gone by countless designations, but its truest name was perhaps its plainest: the Machine.

I should have learned my lesson with Automatic Woman, but the blurb for this book was so tantalizing that I chose to read it even though it’s short.  It’s really short (126 pages).  Unfortunately that means that it’s more of a fragment than a complete story, which is just frustrating when you’re not expecting it (although I guess I should have been).

The author does a good job of describing the setting of the book and the effect it has on the characters, and he does a very good job in describing the main character’s relationship with his wife and the ensuing consequences.

The problem is that there’s no moral, no really clear idea of what’s going on or why.  Nothing’s explained and then the book just stops.