Thursday Quotables – The Wise Man Says

THE WISE MAN SAYS (Bard Constantine) In this introductory short story we meet Mick as a newly christened amnesiac, who has to quickly learn the ropes of living in the dystopian city of New Haven. Good thing he has a friend in Theodore Wiseman, the resident Troubleshooter who shows Mick the only way to make it in the city is to shoot first and ask questions afterward

81tGJ+ii7wL._SL1500_Zeppelins claimed the highest airlines in the city, so the view was pretty spectacular. Air traffic whipped by beneath us as the floaters whizzed to their destinations, and beneath that was the city itself: towering monoliths so massive that the entire upper section of the city hung in the air, interconnected island of commerce that grew like barnacles from their colossal host buildings. It was night, and the city lights winked and glitters from Downtown to Bayside, counterfeit stars that pumped adrenaline into a city that never relax, much less slip.

“Nice view.” I leaned against the outside railing, puffing smoke in the breeze. The airship was a ghost that floated along its computer-navigated course by way of its massive helium cells. Passengers relaxed inside the cabin at the cocktail lounge or in their suites, but only a few braved the thin air and cold drizzle outside. I pulled my collar tighter and ignored the light rain.

Wiseman nodded as he gazed over the railing. “Nice to take it from a bird’s eye view. Makes you remember this city can be a thing of beauty.”

quotation-marks4The Wise Man Says is a short story set in the world of the Troubleshooter by Bard Costantine and really it’s a good introduction to that world. The plot is very simple, besides I think the strong point in this short story is the voice (Mick Troubble’s voice is strong, personal and witty) and the mood (definitely noir). I like Troubble’s attitude a lot, kind of tough as you would expect from an hard-boiled PI, but also humourus, sometimes in a dark way.

New Heave, the dieselpunk city where this takes place, is a character in itself. I read the first story in the Troubleshooter series and I know New Heave has her secrets. I can’t say you get a hit of that here, but you definitely get the impression this city has a history.

It was a fun read.


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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.

9 Comments on "Thursday Quotables – The Wise Man Says"

  1. Loved the voice in this.
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  2. I like it! I love the idea of looking down at the city from a zeppelin, and the description is really fantastic.
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  3. I like the very last line in this- it hints at some underlying problem in the city without directly saying anything about it. Arouses curiosity. Great quote!

  4. Good atmosphere presented in the quote. Is the story part of a collection?
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  5. Really appreciate the spotlight, Sarah. Much appreciated!

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