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Light

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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrator and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.

A few words from Neil on Light: The three strands of the plot "are united by the talent of the narrator, Julian Elfer. When I consulted with Mike Harrison…. on the casting, we both thought Julian Elfer subtly conveyed the individualism of each character… part of the delight of a novel like this, for science-fiction fans or just for people who like good books, is watching the Department of Science Fiction known as 'Space Opera' be polished up, dusted off, and reinvented for the future."

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.

To hear more from Neil Gaiman on Light, click here, or listen to the introduction at the beginning of the book itself.

Learn more about Neil Gaiman Presents and Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX).

©2002 M. John Harrison (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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  • Graham Bond
    United Kingdom
    1/24/16
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    "Haunting, imaginative, frustrating"

    As a feat of imaginative writing, Light is stunning. As a feat of storytelling, it's seriously flawed. It took me 75% of the text to have any sense of the direction of travel. The story owes a huge debt to 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick's version more than Clarke's, I'd suggest), and, as in 2001, there is the feeling that some profundity lurks behind what is a very straightforward story. However, meaning is elusive. The style owes its debt to Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. Imagine Rutger Hauer's "Time to Die" death scene extended over hundreds of pages - full of similes which reference imagined scientific concepts which have no basis in common experience (and only a handful of which have any basis in modern research). There are moments where this becomes haunting and beautiful (as in the Blade Runner speech), but for the most part, I was unsure what had been said or why. I'm happy to have read Light - it's interesting, for sure - but it left me ultimately frustrated.

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  • Simon Roots
    12/6/15
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    "Well-written, but let down by the narration."
    What made the experience of listening to Light the most enjoyable?

    The story was surreal, complex and well-written.


    What other book might you compare Light to, and why?

    The style reminded me in some ways of William Gibson's early novels, and very much in a good way. Other elements brought to mind the Void Trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julian Elfer’s performances?

    Unfortunately not. Whilst his voice is pleasant, he consistently mispronounces words and robs phrases of their meaning by placing the stress in the wrong place. If this were my book, I would be infuriated that the language I had so carefully constructed had been vandalised in this way.


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  • Si
    UK
    8/28/14
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    "Something missing"

    Well written and inventive, but I can't helping thinking it might be improved by the addition of a plot.

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  • C. Mccartney
    Cambridge, UK
    5/2/13
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    "Well Performed and Bewilderingly Original"

    A bit like Douglas Adams, one imagines that being in the mind of M. John Harrison is a staggeringly surreal experience. The future world he creates in Light manages to feel real, but also startlingly alien, with enough insanely inventive ideas thrown in to keep most authors satisfied for half a dozen novels. The world he creates and the characters that inhabit it are thoroughly engaging, and I could happily spend a lot of time hanging out there just learning more about them.

    Where this book falls down, though, is the plot. Mr Harrison has taken: a modern day Physicist-cum-Serial-Killer plagued by a voice in his head, a future pilot in a state-of-the-art warship unravelling a political conspiracy, and an alien on the run from the space-mob who becomes a prophet. The challenge was always going to be finding a way to pull those divergent strands together into a connected resolution, and... he doesn't, really.

    We get a bit of authorial hand-waving, and a few choice character revelations, but mostly the novel really just ends, with the characters coming to some sort of emotional resolution, even as the plot and its underlying questions lie unresolved in the dust. I can't quite decide whether this was the author's intention from the start, or if he just got halfway through the book and realised he had no idea how (or why) to end it.

    So if you're a genre fan, and like bold (and mad) world-building then check this out. But if you want satisfying plot resolution and hate being given more questions instead of answers... I'd run away very quickly.

    In terms of the performance, Julian Elfer is excellent throughout, distinguishing the three narrative voices neatly and doing them all justice. At times the book is rammed with future jargon for the world Harrison envisages, and Elfer navigates this all with a sure-footed assurance that really helps you engage with the world and not get lost in its strangeness.

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