- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 567 KB
- Print Length: 160 pages
- Publisher: Gateway (25 July 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DS9COM2
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,338,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The plot: John Carmody is a wife-murdering psychopath who travels to the planet of Dante’s Joy to kill the local god, who is reborn every seven years either in good (Yess) or evil (Algul) – but mortal – guise. Carmody undergoes a religious and psychical transformation during the “Night of Light” and helps father the new Yess. He returns 27 years later, now as a Roman Catholic priest, to try and dissuade his grown-up son Yess from forcing the entire population of Dante’s Joy to undergo the Night of Light, which will probably kill most of them, prior to sending the survivors out to convert the rest of the inhabited galaxy to his faith.
And that’s about it. There are a few nicely surreal bits, some clumsy jabs at religious intolerance, not really very much to hold the attention. Explosions generally substitute for narrative structure. If you’re unfamiliar with Farmer’s work, you would be better advised to start with one of the above-named series. If you are familiar but haven’t read this one yet, well, you won’t be missing a whole awful lot of you skip it.
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The first half of this book is excellent horror sci-fi. Very, very graphic and thought provoking. I loved it. The second half seems like the author put the book down for 10 years and came back to finish it and forgot what his 'point' was. This book has no ending. It was alright, I wish he would have kept Carmody going as he did in the first half, the second 'religious' half of the book was horrible. I ended up reading this because this is the book Jimi Hendrix borrowed the phrase 'Purple Haze' from, so there's that.
Yes, six mentions of 'purplish haze,' 'violet light,' 'purple mist,' and the rest of the story is sex, murder, and religion!
Read about 30 some pages, and tossed it in the garbage.
But it did feel, all the way through, that we were really being told the main character's story more as observers, than really getting into his mind and emotions. When his thoughts and emotions were touched on, they were described rather than demonstrated. So it kept feeling, to me, like the description of the plot of a story, rather than the living unfolding of the story.
With all that said, it was still a very good plot outline. The world and the religion Farmer created were fascinating. (That was one reason I was disappointed that we didn't really get deeply into it, but were kept at arms' length.) I was rather disconcerted by the abrupt ending, but after a while I thought, "Oh, I get it." It leaves a very important question wide open, and that's thoroughly appropriate, since it's not a question that can really be answered.
So it's an okay book. I just feel like it could have been better written. Which of course will be blasphemy to Farmer fans! But this book definitely felt typical of a fault I sometimes find in "earlier SF:" that the ideas are so interesting that the actual writing gets a pass, and doesn't have to be tht good.