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Couldn't quite get it.,
This review is from: Empty Space: A Haunting (Kefahuchi Tract Trilogy 3) (Paperback)
The good: it is exceptionally well-written. I mean, Harrison's prose is fantastic, and I found myself re-reading entire pages not because of the story, not because something was happening, but just for the sheer pleasure of it. The story itself is incredibly complex on one level and pretty straightforward on another - you could say that while there's a lot going on, in fact there's an almost... minimalist feel to the whole thing, which is also rather pleasant.
But this is where it becomes (for me, at least) difficult: after a little while I realised that I didn't care at all about the story. Or the characters. Or their entire bent universe, for that matter, because all the different plot lines just weren't... I don't know... "human" enough. Another reviewer made a comparison with a few great movie directors, and one of them I find particularly significant here - David Lynch. Now, I consider Lynch an absolute genius and I love his movies, but I can't help finding some of them a trifle perplexing. Take Lost Highways: great visual. Breathtaking scenes. A sense of dread that insinuates into you from the first few minutes and doesn't go away, and yet... and yet... what the h*** is it all about?!
Now, Lynch himself admitted that for the most part he doesn't know what it is about, either; and I'm sure this is not the case for mr Harrison. Still, to me and for my evidently limited abilities, "Empty Space" is exactly like Lost Highways, which is a real shame because with a little more it could have been Mulholland Drive instead - i.e. something that, in the end, actually makes sense. As it is, it left me with a feeling of having read something exceptional without really "getting it", and that ...is not very pleasant. :)