Pete slid off the bed and moved to the window to stare at the houses across the street.
They were putting up one of Mr Tesla’s towers over there. By this time next year, the homes around here would have all the heat and power they’d ever need.
A shadow passed overhead and Pete flicked his eyes up at the patrol boat sailing across the neighborhood. Its sleek silvery envelope reflected patches of Chicago City autumn sunlight that managed to sneak through the clouds. Shadow rippled down the airship’s surface like teardrops.
“We gotta go, hey?” he said and stooped to fit his shoes over his feet.
Pete appeared for the first time in the novel Gods of Chicago with the name Digs. He has a little part, but he stuck with the imagination of readers so much, Aaron Sikes decided to give his fans some more insight into this character.
Here you learn why Digs earned this funny name. This is a short story, strongly focused on the main character, who lends to it his very own voice. I liked this very much.
The story relies more on atmosphere and setting than on plot. It is an introduction to the character and to the world these stories happen. In fact I got a very distinctive impression of the place and the kind of life people live in Chicago City, where on the side of plot and character development, it all remains in the track of the novel.
It’s a fun little story.
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I like it! The brief view of Mr. Tesla’s tower is a great prompt for the imagination — it immediately makes me think about what this world is like and which unusual (for us) items and phenomena are normal there.
It’s evocative, isn’t it? Though for me, the airship is what really sets the mood 🙂
I agree wholeheartedly. Not my genre, but I did enjoy the fragment.
Sorry I’m so late, Sarah! I enjoyed this excerpt. Thanks for sharing!
Hey guys, thanks everyone for stopping by. I know dieselpunk isn’t everyone’s bag, so I’m happy you enjoyed the snippet.
Aaron is working to the second novel of the trilogy, this time set in New Orleans. Can’t wait to read it 🙂