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A World Too Near by Kay Kenyon
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Apr 27, 12

bookshelves: aliens, parallel-worlds, science-fiction
Read from February 26 to April 26, 2012

A year later, and I'm back to The Entire and the Rose for round two. Unlike most epic series, it was surprisingly easy to pick up where I'd left off and remember who everyone was and what they were after. Credit goes to Kenyon's unforgettable world building and her memorable (if not likable) characters.

A World Too near, though, has two crucial elements that Bright of the Sky did not: a serious threat propelling the story, and an actual mission to give the hero a sense of purpose. The Entire, you see, is an artificial universe, and its creators have built an engine to annihilate our own universe (the Rose) and use it as fuel for the Entire. That's a pretty big darn SF idea, and the hero's mission (should he choose to accept it) is to destroy the engine before it goes into high gear.

The problem, once again, is that the main character, Titus Quinn, is too much of a cipher. Other characters talk about him, and are impressed by him, but the man himself is something of a no-personality blank - which is too bad, because it wouldn't have been hard at all to make him a cross between Flash Gordon and Thomas Covenant by pushing him a little more in the directions of "hero" and "asshole." Maybe Kenyon just has a problem with male characters; her women are much better drawn.
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