Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What I've Finished Reading: Light

The sci-fi novel Light  by M. John Harrison drops the reader into the confusion from the very beginning. At first, it’s a bit of a struggle to know what the hell is going on … and it certainly complicates the attempt when one of the main characters is a brilliant physicist and a psychotic paranoid killer.  No spoiler here; this all comes out in the first few pages.

However, when you keep at it, go with the flow, the novel slowly comes together. It begins to make sense. And when it does, the beauty of Harrison’s universe becomes apparent in its weird multi-dimensional glory.

It’s not the easiest novel to understand, but I found that challenge as part of the enjoyable experience. That’s what I expect from good hard sci-fi. It’s not all easily explained. It’s not a world that we can be completely comfortable with. Yet in the end, it’s a good novel, good plot, and at times some amazingly written passages.

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