Thursday Quotables – The Obliteration Machine

THE OBLITERATION MACHINE (Pat Flewwelling) Sheldon never imagine that an accident in a laboratory would change his life to that extent. Now he has to decide what to do with his new 'power'

The Obliteration Machine (Pat Flewwelling)He lifted his hands. He was wearing the gloves she’s repaired. “You don’t know me anymore, Kitty.” He flexed his fingers into a fist, willing himself to become fog. His skin burned. Something was wrong.

“That’s why it can’t work between us. I love you like a brother, kinda. Like a step-brother. Like you’re adopted.”

He shook with the effort to become fog. “Wait! I can prove it to you.”

“You’re not made from the same stuff as me and Lucas. It’s not your fault. That’s just the way it is.” A car had been rolling toward them, and Sheldon knew she’d called it toward them. She was leaving. She was leaving him behind. “That’s just the way it’s gonna be.”

“Kitty, wait! I can prove it. Just let me show you!” He gritted his teeth and imagined himself puncturing a balloon. But the more he tried to change, the more his skin burned. “Kitty, don’t go!”

quotation-marks4There’s a very unusual idea at the core of this story: a man can lose his molecular density and while this may cause him quite a few problems, it may become a weapon if he gets the gig of how to use it.

It was a fun read, following Sheldon as he learns how to use his new ability and how his ideas about it change on the journey. He was just one of many interesting characters, some endearing, some likable, some other unusual. I think the plot could have been tightened quite a bit, but the story is interesting enough that you want to know what happens to these characters.

Definitely just an introduction to a much longer story, this is the first installment in Pat Flewwelling‘s Fog Of Dockside City series

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jazzfeathers
I was born, raised and I still live near Verona (Italy), though I worked for a time in Dublin. I started writing fantasy stories as a kid. Today I’m a bookseller who reads fantasy, history, mythology, anthropology and lots of speculative fiction. Somehow, all of this has found its way into my own dieselpunk stories.

6 Comments on "Thursday Quotables – The Obliteration Machine"

  1. Great quote. Makes me want to give the series a try.

  2. Great quote this week! Sounds like quite a interesting story 🙂
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  3. The concept of becoming fog is pretty cool! The part about loving him like a brother… stepbrother… adopted brother made me giggle.
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