In One Word

In One Word, Who Goes There by John W Campbell is…

who goes there

  • Published
  • Format: Audiobook
    • Narrator: Steve Cooper
    • Listening Speed: 1.25x (this requires attention)
  • Listening time: 1 strange day

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  • Delving into another classic sci-fi story from my TBR for the purpose of fulfilling a reading challenge.
  • Interesting setting: the most inhospitable, dangerous place on the planet and the furthest away from any kind of aid. Yet, at the same time, it can be beautiful. In fact, as the terror grew, the more beautiful the Antarctic landscape became.
  • Really story-driven. With a few exceptions, the characters aren’t very fleshed out and it’s a good thing that the narrator uses different voices or I wouldn’t be able to distinguish them. I suppose, in a way, that would make them a perfect target for a mimic.
  • Excellent atmosphere of paranoia and confusion once it gets going. The monster is unknowable and the characters are really scrambling in the dark for a way to detect it. It doesn’t feel like any of them are completely in control or know what to do next and the revelations of the monster’s actions and powers are nicely paced.
  • Certainly an extremely gruesome monster and descriptions are very lurid.
  • This book is a very bare-bones affair that leaves more questions than answers and it really feels made to be adapted into a horror film.

Goodreads Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️

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