A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
The world is ending, all is terrible, terrible. And yet, my fireberry, even then I almost understood. Great is the Plan!
I have no idea what Mogadeet is, but I’ll never forget him. He’s black furred. Armored too. With dangerous “hunting limbs.” Spider-like in some ways, but with a tail. Mogadeet and his brothers are pretty terrifying; but somehow, as we follow his strange alien life cycle, we learn to love him just a little.
He’s born into a violent and primitive animal race. They follow “the plan,” an instinctual urge that leads them through tough winters by means of cannibalism and a kind of mental hibernation. But Mogadeet wants a more civilized life, to consciously evolve a bit, and he kidnaps a small child to civilize too. It doesn’t work out as he hoped. In the end he may be a more essential part of “the plan” than he could have ever thought.
No plot synopsis can do this story justice. It’s just strange and beautiful in a way few stories ever manage. One of the finest examples of speculative fiction I know, and a quick one-sitting read that will stick with you for a lifetime.
Review by Matthew