I hate Daylight Saving Time.
Anyway, Neil Gaiman’s The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds is a short book (almost a comic book) that tells a tale using the following trick (with which you’re probably already familiar):
Page One tells you something that happened a long, long time ago. Something else happened long ago. This is the story of long ago.
And the tale is told in a tight focus of something that happened, say, five years ago. As the story continues, hints are mentioned of the incidents that brought us here until the culmination of the story is the revelation of what happened long, long ago. Then the story of what happened long ago is wrapped up.
Then you go back and re-read Page One with your new knowledge and it reads completely differently. And you close the book and you say “whoa”.
A few months back, Schilling told us his theory that Tyrion is at least partly GRRM’s take on Miles Vorkosigan. Well, had I read this story prior to hearing that theory, I would have said that this is Gaiman writing a short story using a Tyrion of his own… but now I wonder if this isn’t his take on Miles instead. Perhaps it doesn’t matter.
This little story is one that you will read, go back and re-read the first page, and then close the book and say “whoa”.
So… what have you been reading and/or watching?