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Light By M. John Harrison,

  • Title: Light
  • Author: M. John Harrison
  • ISBN: 9780553587333
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback
  • In M John Harrison s dangerously illuminating new novel, three quantum outlaws face a universe of their own creation, a universe where you make up the rules as you go along and break them just as fast, where there s only one thing mysterious than darkness.In contemporary London, Michael Kearney is a serial killer on the run from the entity that drives him to kill HeIn M John Harrison s dangerously illuminating new novel, three quantum outlaws face a universe of their own creation, a universe where you make up the rules as you go along and break them just as fast, where there s only one thing mysterious than darkness.In contemporary London, Michael Kearney is a serial killer on the run from the entity that drives him to kill He is seeking escape in a future that doesn t yet exist a quantum world that he and his physicist partner hope to access through a breach of time and space itself In this future, Seria Mau Genlicher has already sacrificed her body to merge into the systems of her starship, the White Cat But the inhuman K ship captain has gone rogue, pirating the galaxy while playing cat and mouse with the authorities who made her what she is In this future, Ed Chianese, a drifter and adventurer, has ridden dynaflow ships, run old alien mazes, surfed stellar envelopes He went deep and lived to tell about it Once crazy for life, he s now just a twink on New Venusport, addicted to the bizarre alternate realities found in the tanks and in debt to all the wrong people.Haunting them all through this maze of menace and mystery is the shadowy presence of the Shrander and three enigmatic clues left on the barren surface of an asteroid under an ocean of light known as the Kefahuchi Tract a deserted spaceship, a pair of bone dice, and a human skeleton.
    Light In M John Harrison s dangerously illuminating new novel three quantum outlaws face a universe of their own creation a universe where you make up the rules as you go along and break them just as fast

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    1. Surprising and grand, I m always thrilled and amazed when I get to read a serious SF about the soft and squishy underbelly of the universe The world building and the span of time and the characterizations are tops, too The writing is actually pretty spiffy, too, with very clever idea connections between every chapter and deep mirroring going on, not to mention a thousand and a half great SF ideas and themes running around and deepening the tale.I would never have read this if Gaiman hadn t selec [...]

    2. M John Harrison is under the impression that plot and character can be totally abandoned in favor of a frantic and sloppy exercise in cyberpunk style.Far future cyberpunk just doesn t work.First of all, the voice of the book is off some deep future hep cat telling you like it is about quasars, dark matter, and quantum physics, baby, in language so opaque and snappy that a sense of wonder or even simple coherence is never achieved If you re going to do cyberpunk, and Harrison is very obviously tr [...]

    3. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Michael Kearney is a physicist He s also a serial killer Obsessed with numbers and patterns since he was three, he sees something behind them Something is there, something dark and ominous that starts to emerge sometimes He calls it the Shrander and the only way to hold it back is to kill someone Trying to appease the Shrander, Michael uses Tarot cards and a special pair of bone dice to try to figure out what he s supposed to do next He s also teamed up wi [...]

    4. Picking up this book was like waking up tired and groggy then talking to someone who has already been awake for three hours and drank a pot of coffee In other words, it throws you into this weird world without much explanation, moving very quickly through a fairly complex bifurcated story structure one part set in the present, another in space several centuries into the future But despite the minimal amount of exposition here, you eventually figure out what is going on, and maybe even come to li [...]

    5. Behind all this bad behaviour was an insecurity magnificent in scope, metaphysical in nature Space was big, and the boys from Earth were awed despite themselves by the things they found there but worse, their science was a mess Every race they met on their way through the Core had a star drive based on a different theory All those theories worked, even when they ruled out one another s basic assumptions You could travel between the stars, it began to seem, by assuming anything This is one of my [...]

    6. 5 Stars Light by M John Harrison is a science fiction worth full marks This is not an easy read Harrison dumps the reader into three separate story lines as well as multiple time differences The reader has to push through the tough start and trust in the author as well as the reviewers that it is worth your time and your energy Three losers for protagonists, one is a junkie another is a sociopath and the last is a mathematical genius serial killer None of them are good people yet you can identif [...]

    7. There s a rogue rim of science fiction inhabited by experimentalists Harrison is one Moorcock another A few less distinct figures slip in and out of the wings Theirs is a careening brand of storytelling that skates the edge of comprehension, fueled by twisted psychological truths and the madness that fumes at the root of the math that makes travel of any kind spatial, temporal, evolutionary eerily possible Light finds Harrison at the top of his game, and can best be described as desperation on c [...]

    8. I normally don t take the time to add specifics to the rating I give a book, but this one necessitates it.There are things aboutthat frustrated me deeply For most of the book, the point and the plot were discouragingly unclear It was difficult to tell what anything had to do with anything, in the most general of senses There was also a kind of oversexualization of the world setting that seems common nowadays, I think because of the lifting of the Western taboo on sex as a subject It often seemed [...]

    9. Light is easily one of the darkest books I ve ever read, and that s saying something With a taut narrative split between three protagonists, a near future serial killer brilliant physicist why are SF characters almost never mediocre physicists , a far future woman starship with the impulse control of a spoiled and heavily armed child, and a twink, a sort of futuristic virtual reality addict, Light moves along at breakneck speed, combining SF sensawunda, bleak noir cruelty, and lush, violent imag [...]

    10. I picked up this novel at a thrift shop as an impulse buy, believing that I would be getting something in the same vein as an Iain M Banks story I m glad that I did Harrison is perhaps a better writer than Banks with or without the M , even as he possesses the same black sense of humour and ability to write wryly and casually about the grotesque and the vicious Well crafted science fiction provides a perfect way to pass a weekend, and I thoroughly enjoyed Harrison s tripartite tale.We open in th [...]

    11. i frigin love M John Harrison WOWEE, this bookumm.is book is so far beyond a simple sci fi it is about the choices we make in the case of the characters, mostly bad choices for various inner reasons or for fear of living or whatnot and how they shape or warp our existence Do u really want to shape your life for the better or just pretend to and secretly, or openly, sabotage it at every chance While i was reading Light i thought of a bunch of good things for the review and now i don t remember an [...]

    12. Well, nowIf I am scratching my head when you see me next, it s because I am still trying to digest Light, a rather amazing work of literature disguised as a genre piece that will probably get a fifth star upon re read Light is just that good.Problem is, it took me until I was about two thirds of the way through the novel before I figured out or, rather, started to figure out what was going on Now I feel compelled to re read it if only to fully experience the clues Harrison weaves into the story [...]

    13. Making sense is a stylistic choice A stylistic choice that this book firmly opted out of That s not to say that s always a bad thing There are a few books where not making sense works rather well This is not one of them.M John Harrison appears to be trying to write cyberpunkish weird fiction and in doing so, misses the mark on both The cyberpunk isn t cyberpunk and the weird isn t weird It s just an incoherent far future what the fuckery mess Now, I usually like the worldbuilding style where you [...]

    14. I chose this for my fourth speed dating project, in a hopeless attempt to clean out some of my to read collection at home.It is with mixed feeling that I abandon this book I know many find it a challenge for various reasons The sex doesn t bother me, the quantum mechanics is fine, in fact I don t even mind all that much that I don t know all the details I m intrigued by the creatures that seem to predate the characters, always in the shadows.But I can t really find any interest in the characters [...]

    15. For anyone holding to the self evident truth that genre fiction should be eligible for the big literary prizes, one hurdle remains Which book, exactly, should win In any year there are plenty of science fiction books and doubtless crime ones, if I kept up with crime, and so forth which bear comparison to the Booker shortlist but ones which could win over the infidels Ones unassailable enough to bear the extra scrutiny they d inevitably receive Banks Use of Weapons was one obvious contender, and [...]

    16. This a remarkable book and rather impossible to summarize, it being an adventure through the shifting nature of reality.It starts grim, and if I wasnt so starved for reading material I might have missed out on this thought provoking romp.I promise when I have the book in front of me to post here some of the great quotes I highlighted Okay,have done some,I have put them in the comments

    17. The Persian poet Rumi wrote, Open your hands if you wish to be held Almost the same could be said about M John Harrison Open your mind if you wish to be enthralled Jonathan CarrollFew writers have have written better passages with descriptive and poetic prose, especially combined with an estranging vividness capturing the strange mixture of beauty, banality and menace in everyday life Light is an aesthetic vision Imaginative, startling and only barely Science Fiction OK, it is half SiFi and half [...]

    18. Rereading Back in 2007 or so this book absolutely blew my mind I wasn t sure whether it book would live up to what I remember turns out, it s better There are similarities to Steve Erickson, PKD, Angela Carter, Lynch, Iain Banks, Brian Evenson, Delany s Nova, but none of these comparisons are really accurate I m still not sure whether I like this than Viriconium which is so different they re difficult to compare anyway , but this is narrative at its most sophisticated and unique I read 300 page [...]

    19. oh WOW Bloody marvellous space opera with multiple threads of space, deep time, life, death, fear, exultation, exploration, mystery, aliens, adventure, discovery, loss and cats.Confused and fearful at times, the gentle reader is hurtled along space time with the protagonists And what a ride it is.

    20. Right after I finished it I didn t like it It bothered me I couldn t stop thinking about it About a week or two later I realized I actually liked it a lot It sneaks up on you.

    21. FAIR WARNING There are spoilers galore below and for the faint of heart I do get a bit sexually graphic in describing parts of the book than is my wont, so take care if you like to read these things with your kids I liked this bookI think.All right, I won t be so namby pamby I liked this book period.Light is, however, not an easily comprehensible book nor one you can simply race through in an afternoon The plot is rather simple nonexistent in the opinion of some GR reviewers Late in the 20th ce [...]

    22. A sweeping and hallucinatory amalgam of space opera, cyberpunk, and horror There are a lot of exasperating, unfortunate sex scenes pretty much every time a female secondary character shows up, she s horny but the quality of the prose and bombardment of very cool SF ideas make up for that, mostly.

    23. The most persistent reminder I have of my mortality is the nagging consciousness of all the good books I will never read From this perspective, Light is my least favorite kind of book one I regret having taken the time to finish I usually follow a 100 page rule but, in this case, the reviews were so good I felt sure that I must be missing something, or the quality of the writing would make up for the adolescent themes, or everything would come together in a brilliant conclusion that redeemed the [...]

    24. The one that interweaves three stories physicist and serial killer Michael Keaton in the contemporary world, plus cyborg pirate ship Seria Mau Genlicher and virtual world junkie Ed Chianese in the far future.A plus for worldbuilding, here Far future worlds are tough half of them are implausibly similar to contemporary life, and the other half are so different they re incomprehensible, but Harrison doesn t fall into either of those traps I loved the far future and the way he turns so many sci fi [...]

    25. The most amazing novel What Harrison creates through this complex three part storyline, that revolves around the Kefahuchi Tract, a cosmic singularity without an even horizon that creates rifts in reality, is not only one of the greatest SF books of the last decade, but one of the greatest pieces of literature ever put on paper.

    26. Added because in the acknowledgements of Perdido Street Station, M John Harrison is one of only two authors credited the other being the wonderful Mervyn Peake.Comments in the Mievillians group suggest this may be a good one to start with topic show

    27. This book will continue to reverberate in your head years after you readmething has entered me from this book but what is ita must read.

    28. Damn hard review to write.China Mi ville has said the following about Micheal John Harrison That MJH is not a Nobel laureate proves the bankruptcy of the literary establishment Austere, unflinching and desperately moving, he is one of the very great writers alive today And yes, he writes fantasy and sf, though of a form, scale and brilliance that it shames not only the rest of the field, but most modern fiction Light is the first of three connected books The Kefahuchi Tract trilogy It won the Tr [...]

    29. This is a difficult novel Harrison s prose is meaty, but that is not where the difficulty lies his characters are unlikeable, and while that is a challenge, it is not insurmountable The main difficulty lies in the novel s structure much of it is an elaborate smoke screen, ultimately having little to no effect on the resolution This also makes the novel particularly difficult to review, as its true nature doesn t become evident until the last four chapters, but any mention of what is in those cha [...]

    30. I have to admit that I very nearly gave up on this book several times by page 50 It was confusing and at times tedious, and I always had this profound feeling that I just didn t get it and occasionally that there was nothing to get But I persisted, and I m than glad I did.The thing that most people find off putting about Light is its entirely self concerned structure Little to no attempt is made to present plot, setting, or character clearly to the reader, at least in the beginning The reader i [...]

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