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Extended Audio Sample Light (Unabridged), by M. John Harrison
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,743 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: M. John Harrison Narrator: Julian Elfer Publisher: Neil Gaiman Presents Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Doug Wright | 2/16/2014

    " Cool sci fi book...very strange...hard to explain...good ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mely | 2/5/2014

    " Gorgeous prose, interesting structure, have no idea why it won the Tiptree as am bugged by background world-building gender and cultural details and by tendency of Harrison's women to be self-destructive, anorexic, and literally turned into birds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mjhancock | 1/31/2014

    " Light is a story of three individuals: a physicist/serial killer named Michael Kearney; Seria Mau Genlicher, a human turned sentient spaceship; and Ed Chianese, a twink--a guy who deliberately puts himself into a sort suspended animation every time he gets. And each one is drawn in a different way to the light of the Kefahuchi Tract, and three objects: an abandoned spacecraft, a human skeleton, and a pair of bone dice. Some sci-fi novels start with one big concept, and play the rest of the story straight, extrapolating what society would be like if such a thing (usually a technological innovation like mass market cloning or space travel) became possible. And often, they play it straight right up until the end where they pull the rug out from under the reader by a series of incredible events. I always felt that such a book was cheating--if you're going to create a new world with new rules, you need to stick with those rules. Light, to its credit, doesn't commit that sin by virtue of it being insane from beginning to end. There's genetically modified rickshaw girls, empathic alien ether, and aliens that modelled themselves on distorted notions of human pop culture. What it's lacking, though, are sympathetic characters. And while the ending is extremely high concept, and maybe even a little deus ex machina, the book started off the same way, so I feel like it earned such an ending. It's not just that all three of the protagonists do fairly despicable things--Peter Watts' Starfish, for example, had a lot of despicable yet still compelling characters. Rather, it's that they came across to me as somewhat one dimensional and cartoonish, rather than people whose wellbeing I was invested in. There's some really compelling ideas and symbolism here, but the overall book fell a little flat for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Broucks | 1/14/2014

    " Hard to keep track of but it all comes together at the end. "

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