We waited for dawn to arrive. I began to shiver even though my sheepskin jacket repelled the crisp sea air. I was leaning into Peter for warmth when I heard a voice say, “Don’t be afraid.” It wasn’t Peter. The words seemed to come from above me and from behind me at the same time. I turned around but saw no one.
I wandered over to Nigel. Jerzy Pasterz was instructing him on where his radioscope needed to be focused to film the mock attack. The voice inside my head returned. It whispered, “Don’t be afraid.”
I heard it.
I definitely heard it. As loud as if a person was talking to me in a pub.
I turned around.
Hans Schüller was staring straight at me. His lips weren’t moving. There was softness in his eyes. I could feel his thoughts reaching out to me like fingers stroking my hair.
DragonFly by Charles A. Cornell was a strange experience for me. There are many things I enjoyed, but still on the whole I can say I could have liked the story much more. I’m not sure what didn’t click with me. Maybe the inserts of the SF elements into history, which didn’t meld well in my opinion (in spite of the many action scenes where battles are involved, I never got a sense of the World War happening). Maybe the mashing of XX century history with Celtic history and culture, because in spite of happening in the same place, they were – and especially felt – very different and to me never really created something whole.
But one thing I really enjoyed and this was the meeting point of the ‘real’ world with a different, more intimate, spiritual world. I like that aspect of the story very much and I actually think this had the potential to mix the story in a more harmonious way if it had been exploited more.
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