A Different Light Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 2000
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The problem here lies with the story: hard as I tried, I could not get involved nor get to love her characters.
We have a love sick young artist, doomed by cancer to die early in a world where an intimidating science nearly always guarantees a healthy, long lasting life. This device, if a bit cerebral, could in itself be touching but, in this case, it left me cold.
I wanted to feel for the main hero, his lost lover being another man should have helped me identifying, but I simply never could.
It seems to me that Ms Lynn was absent minded while writing this story: while retaining her usual skill she was not and could not move.
Lynn's prose has a soft elegance to it, flowing from metaphor and allusion into the reality of the surrounding science fiction world that seems so real and has so much depth. There always seems more to explore, more to see, and more to do. The plot is well-crafted, but what's even more impressive is how Lynn is able to create a universe in which bi-sexual or gay relationships aren't just accepted—they're part of the normal background that doesn't even require comment or explanation. It's a lovely nod to how fiction writers can create, believably, the world in which we would like to live, while commenting on the world we're stuck with.