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Empty space; empty writing,
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This review is from: Empty Space: A Haunting (Kefahuchi Tract Trilogy 3) (Paperback)
I must say that this is a mixed review. As an earlier reviewer commented, there is no doubt that Harrison is a brilliant wordsmith. Some of the prose is an utter delight to read. The science fictional universe that is the background is more hinted at than revealed, and is fascinating and wonderful. Unfortunately, I can't say the same of the near-future portion of the book, dealing with Anna Waterman (the one time wife of Michael Kearney, from Light). The only thing in the entire Anna Waterman sequence that kept me from skipping these chapters was the hope that somehow this would tie in to Michael Kearney's work and the development of the FTL drive. But that was never came to pass, and instead, we seem to be left watching the bizarre behavior of a madwoman (although perhaps her behavior is related to multi-infact dementia rather than just insanity).
Neither Anna nor the characters in the SF portion are really terribly engaging or engendered much sympathy or even concern. R.I. Gaines was the most interesting to me, but he's a minor character.
And worst of all, the story not only doesn't make sense, but leaves many storylines incomplete. I really don't demand that the Universe make sense to me - but I do insist that the books I read make sense! The entire connection between the near-future and the SF portions was poorly delineated and ultimately, was completely uninteresting.
So - brilliant stylized prose, a wonderful SF universe, but the story and characters made little sense and ultimately, didn't engage me. A shame - partially enchanting, but on the whole very disappointing.