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The Prime dropped the heavy of chunk of metal on the floor next to his thick thigh, demonstrating how little the precious metal of another mech meant to him. As Prowl writhed on the floor in pain, the ornate mech above him rose with an ethereal grace. The glow of his spark and the Matrix lit the dim space, making him appear to be like an avatar of the oldest tales on Cybertron.

Lit with a fire that emanated from within. Ratchet, be a sweetspark and don't use any pain medications on our dear General. We want to make sure that he remembers his lesson in submitting to his Prime. The CMO may have strong opinions in private, but he was no fool. Once the Prime activated the Matrix with his anger, he was more likely to condone and participate in more bloodletting. Several mechs rushed to Prowl, hefting him to his pedes and following Ratchet out the double doors of the throne room. Bluestreak stopped on the way out to pick up his commanding officer's doorwing, wiping up the spilt energon as best he could.

Before he rose from his knees, the young mech pressed his helm to the floor in the Prime's direction, showing his near deity the respect and submission he so demanded. Then the small mech removed himself from the throne room. The massive Prime merely shifted his helm ever so slightly to the side, indicating that he would listen to the bot in the shadows. My sources say that it is possible that a change in leadership may have occurred.

I would suggest that we tighten security around the energon storage units in the Praxian wilderness and elsewhere on the fringes of society. If any wildlings are seen, I want them brought to me unharmed. It is time to make an example of these lowlifes and thieves. The Praxian forest was far in the distance, but he could see much of his kingdom from the heights of the royal apartments.

He knew that some bots chose to live on the fringes of society. Until these raids began drawing attention, he was more or less able to turn a blind optic. I was dead certain it was a trap, but you were right," The midnight blue femme rambled, nearly jumping in her excitement. You should try being wrong once in a while. I try very, very hard to not be wrong. I couldn't have done it without you.

And now we will all get to eat for a while longer. I'm trying to get all of us a little more stable than we were under Moonracer. This is no way for anyone to live," The pink femme stopped in the middle of a roughly hewn chamber, reaching out to trace her fingers down the damp wall. Our vents can't clean this air well enough. Half of the femmes already have problems venting.

We need to find a new shelter, get an energon storage unit somehow. We have energon, a roof over our heads and we are safe for the moment. Though not connected by spark, both considered the other a sister. Elita lifted her helm off the other's shoulder. We need to move as soon as possible.


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Who knows when that damnable Prime will come after us again? Just In All Stories: Story Story Writer Forum Community. Optimus Prime rules Cyberton as an absolute, violent monarch. He takes care of those under his rule, so long as they properly submit to his authority. The Wildlings, mechanoids who chose to live on the fringes of society, will no longer be tolerated.

The Wildlings must submit to his ultimate authority and meld into the society he so carefully cultivates.

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And he tore viciously. Mech blood splashed across the black floor, glowing brightly. But now… "We got so much in that last raid! The author would like to thank you for your continued support. Your review has been posted. A wild place that many people have not visited and yet it is now on the fringe of expansion as more and more towns, like Bend, push beyond their boundaries into the wild. Within The Wilding, there is a family in crisis—generations of fathers and sons and a fractured and fragile shell of a marriage—and there is a man in crisis—the creepily and yet not unfeeling drawn war vet, Brian.

There is also a landscape in crisis—a once wild place about to be developed. Any one of these three would make the great basis for a novel but all three of them together, set this novel on fire. I typically read before bed but there were times that I was so on edge with reading this book that I had to put it down and pick up another so that I can make sure I would sleep. It got under my skin. But not simply about suspense, this book is also about human beings: Justin, who has spent his life on the precipice of manhood, never fully able to jump over the line as he has been living under the thumb of his force-of-nature father; Karen, damaged nearly beyond recognition from a miscarriage, she hides her many wounds beneath her physical armor; and Brian, mentally and physically damaged by the war and grieving for his dead father, he gives in to a life time of impulses.

Each one of the main characters has a big decision to make revolving around their very sense of humanity. Will they give into temptation and give up what it means to be human? Or will they let their animal nature push through? You will have to read to find out.


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  • Apr 06, John Woodington rated it really liked it Shelves: Benjamin Percy's writing style is both beautiful and visceral, which makes for a great read on every page. He builds tension slowly and ominously, sucking the reader deep into the dark minds of his characters. I appreciate the fact that he writes from an overtly masculine style, which seems to be frowned upon in literary circles.

    This is a book about men, and the stylistic approach Percy uses enhances the masculinity of the narrative. Easily one of the best books I've read in a couple years. Jan 02, Cynthia Paschen rated it really liked it. I was a little nervous that this was going to remind me of Hemingway's Nick Adams stories. I read some of those once to a Hospice client, and got sick of campfire, coffee and sizzling bacon descriptions. This is not Nick Adams. Three generations of guys go to the woods to try and mend some fences and end up having a heck of a scary adventure.

    During a long winter night, who doesn't love a bear story? This definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. Aug 14, Karen rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. They run afoul of everything from hostile rednecks to the only grizzly bear left in the state, not to mention a fair number of leaden, on-the-nose pathetic fallacies. It's wild stuff all right. If you can get past the extreme dumbness of the protagonist and his father, who decide to stick out their hunting trip despite threats from a Deliverance type and literally stumbling over the dead, chewed-on body of a hapless camper, this one might hold some thrills for you.

    For me, it didn't. Three stars because the pacing is good and most of the sentences are just fine--although man oh man, you put three dudes in a demanding natural environment and you'd better watch out for those metaphors clanging in all directions. May 14, Christopher rated it liked it Shelves: When I found this book at the local used bookstore for cheap, I had no idea who Benjamin Percy is, but this particular copy is a signed, first edition, slipcased Powell's Indiespensable, so I had to buy it.

    Then when I read the first eighty pages, I had very high hopes. Percy's prose is something akin to Jonathan Franzen's, with metaphors and symbols aplenty, great use of shifting points of view, and interesting characterization. The main plot of The Wilding is a camping trip with father Justin, When I found this book at the local used bookstore for cheap, I had no idea who Benjamin Percy is, but this particular copy is a signed, first edition, slipcased Powell's Indiespensable, so I had to buy it.

    From the first night, it's clear there is a malevolent beast roaming their woods, stalking the camping party. Meanwhile at home, Justin's wife Karen is being stalked by a couple predators, one a real estate tycoon who wants to bed her and the other, Brian, whose intentions are unclear, but can only be described as eccentric, as he feels most comfortable within a hair suit he's created from beavers and other small mammals he's trapped in the woods.

    It turns out Brian is the most intriguing and sympathetic character. Home from Iraq with an IED-inflicted hole in his skull and post-traumatic stress to boot, he finds solace only in Karen, who barely registers him on her radar. And thus he becomes a bear in his own right, though much more harmless than the bear closing in on Justin and his camping company. The first eighty or hundred pages passed quickly and I could feel myself beginning to fall in love with the characters. Brian with his troubled, muddled, headache-befuddled mind.

    Karen with her sense that there is something wrong with her marriage and with her husband, but she doesn't know what, only that she is unhappy. Justin and his confusion as to why his wife hasn't had sex with him in the past six months, his fear of being unable to protect his son from the wilderness.

    There is much potential in this story, but Percy takes what could be a very interesting family drama and makes it a nightmare vacation action movie. The climax is a showdown with a beast rather than a showdown with his wife. And Brian's plot, the best thing the book had going, just disappeared without a satisfying conclusion or character development.

    Benjamin Percy obviously has great talents and can write an entertaining read with well-composed prose, so I will give him more chances in the future. The Wilding was not a bad read at all, but it portended a much greater story than it ultimately gave. Nov 16, jeremy rated it liked it Shelves: Oct 23, Chris McClinch rated it really liked it. I debated between three and four stars on this one, but decided that the strength of the prose was worth four. This was a strong debut novel, but it's plagued by some flaws that will probably embarrass Mr. Percy later in his career. A subplot featuring the protagonist's wife and a stalker feels tacked on and unnecessary, particularly because the wife is a thoroughly unlikable character.

    The novel is far stronger when dealing with the three generations of men in the woods. This is clearly the hea I debated between three and four stars on this one, but decided that the strength of the prose was worth four. This is clearly the heart of the novel and where Mr. Had he spent more of his time here and deepened his exploration of their relationships to one another, the wilderness, and civilization, this likely could have been a five-star novel.

    Particularly had he also fixed the one aspect of the novel's epilogue that truly feels like a cheat. I recognize that from the first paragraph of this review it sounds like I didn't enjoy The Wilding. Nothing could be further from the truth. It was a highly enjoyable novel--one of those that's just good enough to frustrate you that it's not even better. The prose is wonderful, and the portraits of three generations of men out in the woods are very strong.

    Percy can also handle a suspense scene. I'm looking forward to what his second and third novels bring. Apr 21, Eric rated it it was ok. I can't recall why I ordered The Wilding. I believe I read a short story of Mr.

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    Percy's somewhere, or maybe it was simply his nterview of Peter Straub in Tin House - although that seems a weak thread for buying a book - but at any rate the description of The Wilding on Amazon seemed sufficiently intriguing to merit purchase. It is a so so reading experience. As suspense books go, he is mildly more literary than, say, a Stephen King, but the characters all come out of Central Casting and lack the I can't recall why I ordered The Wilding.

    As suspense books go, he is mildly more literary than, say, a Stephen King, but the characters all come out of Central Casting and lack the dimension necessary to elicit the attachment of the reader. As to the plot, it too is not fully developed. There are two subplots to the main tale of the gruff grandfather, ineffectual father and malleable son which go nowhere, and even the main tale has an abrupt and anticlimactic ending.

    Having said all that, Mr. Percy's writing shows flashes of brilliance; he can create feelings of dread at times and he is a fast read. He gets into his characters heads well, but they just need something a bit more original to say. If he more fully develops his characters and plotlines, subsequent novels may be more rewarding.

    Jul 13, Darren Vincent rated it did not like it Shelves: I was pretty hopeful going into this book. I thought the premise of a hunting trip of a father, son and grandfather sounded great.

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    Throw in being stalked by a bear and tension between the grandfather and father and I was ready to go. I was very disappointed. The chapters themselves were entertaining enough and short enough to digest easily, but they never felt like they came together and made a worthwhile plot from beginning to end. The tension between the fathers never reached the level that I h I was pretty hopeful going into this book. The tension between the fathers never reached the level that I had hoped and the stalking of the bear, while set up nicely at first, never felt truly threatening until the last chapter.

    Even then, it was short-lived and never intense. The other plots involving the wife, the developer and the veteran showed promise, but their conclusions felt more like a sparkler dying in your hand instead of a bottle rocket launching out of your hand ending in a aerial display. I couldn't help but think that I was watching the literary equivalent to a low budget, indie film that relies on simple props, quirky music, and glances and stares between characters to mask the lack of a budget.

    Jun 25, Neil McCrea rated it liked it Shelves: The Wilding is less an eco novel and more a study on the nature of masculinity both socialized and inherent. Oddly, it reminded me of Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs even though the plots bear little resemblance to each other.

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    There are two main threads in this novel that run side by side and reflect off each other rather than intertwine. In one thread we have the story of grandfather, father, and son attempting to bridge the generation gap while battling a wilderness area that grows increasingly host The Wilding is less an eco novel and more a study on the nature of masculinity both socialized and inherent.

    In one thread we have the story of grandfather, father, and son attempting to bridge the generation gap while battling a wilderness area that grows increasingly hostile as the story progresses. The other, slighter thread involves the mother battling a temptation to her fidelity while being stalked by a disturbed veteran.

    I liked the conceit of these parallel stories that seldom intersect, but although there are moments when the events of one story shed a nicely philosophic light on the events of the other, I think it ultimatly fails. The weaker stalker storyline is unable to keep pace with the much meatier wilderness adventure. The novel touches on interesting issues in interesting ways, and I will look for more from Percy. Dec 07, Steve rated it liked it Shelves: The degree to which Percy captures the experience of being in the forest is impressive and enviable, especially the ease with which he incorporates the details of flora and fauna, and the novel caught me quickly.

    As it developed, though, the elements I was most excited by got downplayed and the story hewed closer to the tropes of the wilderness adventure more than I'd hoped. So it ended up a reaffirmation of familiar attitudes of masculinity, the wild as foil to the domestic, the redemption of p The degree to which Percy captures the experience of being in the forest is impressive and enviable, especially the ease with which he incorporates the details of flora and fauna, and the novel caught me quickly. So it ended up a reaffirmation of familiar attitudes of masculinity, the wild as foil to the domestic, the redemption of progress and technology, etc.

    I can't imagine a more literal example of that than the novel's climactic scene rather than a challenge or reinvention of those. Not that every novel needs to challenge or reinvent its genre, but it seemed this one was headed that way early on and that's what drew me in. Apr 06, Phil rated it it was ok.

    Much ado about nothing There was so much build up, and then the end fizzled, with nothing coming together. It was an interesting study in the relationship between fathers and sons across two generations. Unfortunately, that insight into the manly relationships wasn't enough to warrant a higher rating. However, it was very smoothly written and an easy read. And I did finish it, so it gets two stars. Oct 28, David Jordan rated it it was amazing. Jan 01, Nathanael Myers rated it liked it.

    Percy has a gift for description and setting. The construction of the novel is flawed. Breaking the narrative into four or five perspectives doesn't quite work. Karen's POV seems extraneous, as does Paul's. Brian's and Justin's points of view are better developed. The bit with the bear strains credulity. Dec 22, Ian Morgan rated it it was ok. This damn book was very, very well written and thoughtful. But it is all buildup. The ending is dull and anti-climatic with way too many loose ends. I enjoyed the read until I discovered I was reading a page preface.


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    • Mar 12, Michael Seidlinger rated it it was ok. One day, the only way we'll be able to enjoy nature will be to buy National Geographic and BBC nature specials with calm, soothing narration by people like Morgan Freeman and David Attenborough. View all 7 comments. Jun 26, Caterina rated it it was ok Shelves: This author might have promise - he can write an original, surprising sentence - but overall the book did not hold my interest and I did not finish it.

      Dec 22, Rob rated it liked it Shelves: In fact I've learned some things about metaphor and simile f "The Wilding" is both a work of breath-stopping suspense and multi-level horror as well as a literary triumph -- James Dickey's "Deliverance" is such as novel, but Percy's book is even better because its well-developed characters defy expectations in novel, pleasing, 3D ways, and the metaphors are always precise and tight, feeling completely natural to the situation of the moment and never distracting; they feel necessary to the story. In fact I've learned some things about metaphor and simile from reading Percy's work.

      I have now read all four Benjamin Percy novels and am headed next to his two short-story collections. Aug 24, Kate rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book scared the daylights out of me. The slow tension-- the unease-- the possibility-- I was utterly captivated, my heart was pounding and I wanted to hide under my covers. At 29 years old. Oct 29, Lynda rated it liked it. If I had rated this book when I finally finished reading it on Saturday evening, I would have given it two stars, but thanks to a lively book club discussion of it this afternoon, I'm upping it to a more respectable three stars -- thank goodness for book clubs!

      Mar 09, Anne rated it it was amazing Shelves: Loved it even more the second time around. Love the slow burn, the creeping dread, the way the wilderness runs rough-shod over everything and everyone. Sep 29, Jason Jordan rated it liked it. The Oregonian Justin Caves is a high school teacher whose marriage is on shaky ground. While his twelve-year-old son, Graham, "is the type of boy who prefers books to BB guns, who makes his bed every morning," Justin's father, Paul, "has always been like bad weather--relentless, expansive, irritating--but since the heart attack he has grown even wilder Known for his short story collections The Language of Elk and Refresh, Refresh , Benjamin Percy now tries his hand at the novel with The Wilding.

      While his twelve-year-old son, Graham, "is the type of boy who prefers books to BB guns, who makes his bed every morning," Justin's father, Paul, "has always been like bad weather--relentless, expansive, irritating--but since the heart attack he has grown even wilder and more unreasonable. He agrees in spite of the fact that Echo Canyon was the former site of the Caves's annual hunting trip. Justin protests that Paul is not obligated to take the job, but Paul counters, "And then what? Then another company gets it and the job gets done anyway.

      In The Wilding , Percy's characters are conflicted, authentic, and vivid. The plot, though slow to unfold, eventually becomes arresting. Still, despite Percy's evident strengths with regard to characterization and plot, what may arguably be his finest achievement is his depiction of the Oregon wilderness. In effect, readers not only read--they see. This lack of resolution renders them insignificant, or at the very least it diminishes their importance. Given this flaw and an ending that may not fulfill realistic expectations, the epilogue is a welcome yet insufficient inclusion.

      Nonetheless, considering Percy's devotion to crucial elements of fiction such as characterization, plot, and description, The Wilding makes for a good read. This book reinforces the notion that the destination does not have to be the destination itself, that the journey has its own merits. Nov 06, Michelle rated it liked it Shelves: I have a hard time deciding on a ranking. Do I love me? Is this how I want to be? Part of you understands his pain and awkwardness, the other part of you is incredibly creeped out. I did have a few problems with the book that brought down the ranking.

      Any time his actual name would come up, I would feel like, Who the heck is Paul? I understand the main character is Justin, and a lot of the book centers around his relationship with his father.