Overall, I found it a really enjoyable novella/collection — and the illustrations help! It’s possible to imagine an infinity of worlds and stories within Driftwood, but the last bit of this book closes it off beautifully. I still have questions, but the more important answer is the one Last finds, smiling at the end of the world.
At REDDIT r/52book, the book is mentioned in Week 49 – What are you reading?
DRIFTWOOD by Marie Brennan, which is written kind of like a collection of oral tales in this really unique fantasy world. Each of these tales concerns a man who outlived the dying of his world and is therefore considered something of a god for doing the impossible. I really enjoyed it!
My ballot for best novel:
1. Harrow the Ninth
4. One of Kingfisher’s three (!) eligible books: The Hollow Places, A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Bases, or Paladin’s Grace
5. The Vanished Birds
And for novellas:
1. The Empress of Salt and Fortune
2. THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES
3. One of the two eligible Penric novellas
4. Riot Baby
5. Ring Shout