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5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi adventure with a powerful twist, 18 Oct 2001
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Lynn possesses a remarkable ability to get inside the skin of outsiders. Here, the protagonist is a gifted artist, forever banned from outworld travel by a cancer that will metastasise exponentially if he ever goes into hyper-space, but which can remain indefinitely controllable if he stays on Earth. Realising that he is creatively stagnating, however, he chooses to make that sacrifice, and finds himself caught up in an adventure that takes him beyond issues of life and death, and of love and being.
I've no wish to spoil the story -- it has all the elements of a good mystery as well -- an unexpected encounter, surprises galore, a mysterious, and profoundly ambiguous quest, not to mention character interactions that are equally ambiguous. It's up to you to decide, really, who are the good guys and who are the bad guys, and sometimes it's not at all obvious, but that's half the appeal.
Lynn's worlds are not morally black and white, but many shades of grey. Her characters are always intense, often painfully so, and she does not indulge in facile endings -- perhaps even less so here than in her other novels. It's rare to find oneself with a protagonist whom you know is doomed from the outset. This is a kamikaze run of an adventure, and Lynn has the white-hot energy in her writing to make it wholly convincing, and deeply moving. A vivid, concise and thought-provoking sci-fi classic.
Homophobes avoid : Lynn's characters are always bisexual and more than comfortable with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favourite books, 1 Dec 2013
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This review is from: A Different Light (Kindle Edition)
This is a short but beautiful book. I first read it many years ago. I am not sure what happened to my original copy. You lend the best books to people so sometimes these are the ones that get lost. One hopes they find good homes. When I saw it available on the kindle I couldn't resist buying and reading it again.
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