Light is the strangest book I've read in a long time. It is not a particularly likeable book, but it is fascinating at times, and -- more often that not -- compelling. Harrison's writing is so strong and crystalline that the weirdness of some scenes becomes so believable, and the details of such scenes so memorable.
The three intertwined storylines are all dark; each of his characters is haunted by something. Harrison provides, barring perhaps the endings of each tale, the opposite of consolation. He is here to tell us of regret. This makes for tough reading, but he illuminates, from time to time, the mood and spirit of the book with, yes, light.
It's hard to enjoy a book like this. But the moments of light are excellent. The quality of the writing alone warrants giving a few chapters a try, at the least. My gut feel is that this book deserves more than a single reading, as well as exploration of the second and third books of the trilogy. I must mention that the audiobook version of Light, narrated by Julian Elfer, is superb. Elfer's engagement with the characters make the novel a joy to listen to and a good deal more approachable.
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