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The Void by Brett J. Talley
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Jul 10, 2012

it was amazing

I loved (loved, loved) this book. The characters are fascinating and intricately detailed, each with his or her own secret history. Those histories haunt them, in the form of terrifying nightmares, as they jump across space. As the narrative progresses, it becomes less and less clear whether the nightmares are dreams or reality, and whether the pasts of the individual characters, in the hands of a monstrous force, will become their destruction. Anyone who is a fan of Stanislaw Lem's sci-fi classic Solaris should enjoy The Void. While Talley's writing is more lyrical and his themes less philosophical than Lem's, the surreality and claustrophobia of being caught--without recourse--between dreams and reality, and between past and present, are captured excellently in both novels. I enjoy sci-fi when it is driven by strong characters, good writing, and big themes, rather than simply by technical scientific puzzles. Writing literature, rather than just stories, is what made Ray Bradbury, George Orwell, and Lem so great. Talley's book has the same for-all-ages quality.
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