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A previous reviewer thought that The Lighted Rooms was spoiled by being over-complicated... I think that the complexity is what makes it so fabulous. This is a simply extraordinary Gothic / comic / time-travel / ghostly child abuse / quantum science / hedge-fund / musical EXPLOSION of a novel! There really and truly can be nothing like it out there. Mason keeps all this crazy material under perfect control, and gives us romance and comedy too. The South African section is beautifully done, but it's the weaving together of so many strands of research and imagination that makes this an utterly original read.