An entertaining short-story collection from best-selling fantasy author Garth Nix, including an Old Kingdom novella, a short story set in the same world as Shade's Children, and another story set in the world of A Confusion of Princes.
Garth Nix is renowned for his legendary fantasy works, but To Hold the Bridge showcases his versatility ,as the collection offers 19 short stories from every genre of literature, including science fiction, paranormal, realistic fiction, mystery, and adventure. Whether writing about vampires, detectives, ancient spirits, or odd jobs, Garth Nix's ability to pull his readers into new worlds is extraordinary.
The complete list of narrators includes: Christian Coulson, Steven Crossley, Michael Crouch, John Lee, Polly Lee, Davina Porter, Raj Varhma, Nicola Barber, Raphael Corkhill, and Roger Wayne.
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in typical Garth Nix fashion this book is filled with wonderment and talented storytelling. highly recommend to anyone.
I just didn't really care for this book. I gave it 4 stars because of the great narrators. I just chugged through all of the different stories because I thought I'd find a couple of really enjoyable ones. The first one was great. I guess I may just be spoiled by the Abhorsen trilogy seeing as how those are my all-time favorite audible books/narrations.
Multiple Short stories. I loved each one for it's style. Multiple readers as well. each with their own tones and sounds.
All the stories were pretty dang good. B.P.R.D. John Carter. just to name a couple.
Well That is just a strange question honestly.
Loving Garth Nix writing style.
I wouldn't say that this was a bad collection, but I would say that the short stories were either really exciting or really dull. It was kind of a mixed bag. For whatever reason, I found that all of the stories with female main characters were top-notch and some could use their own book series. Nix clearly has a penchant for strong female leads. His male led stories were more variable. Not to say that I disliked any of the male characters, but I did feel like quite a few (with the notable exception of the Shade's Children series story) were not as well developed as I would have liked. Due to this lack of development and quite a lot of extraneous world-building (overwhelming for short stories), I was often unable to connect with these characters which is vital for me to enjoy the story. Another thing that I missed was that in Across the Wall, Nix included intros to each story which detailed how he had come to write that story. I know this is unusual in short story collections, but knowing the anthology theme or reason he wrote a short story created more of an attachment to that story for me.
Disappointing, partly to blame on Audible which put this eclectic collection of short stories up as "the next in the series" after Goldenhand. The first story was set in the same world, but my confusion skyrocketed with story two. Some of the stories were OK, but there is not enough continuity of genre. If it had been a paper version, I would not have finished it.
Hard to tell sometimes when one story ended and the other began, from a performance perspective. Garth Nix shows his versatility here beyond the typical coming -of-age fantasy fare. The crossover stuff was cool too, with Hellboy and Shade and Abhorsen.
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