The classic tale of a post-apocalyptic world where humans have built a society in the dark underground. The descendents of the survivors only remember the pre-apocalyptic world in old stories, legends and myths. ***
Light, itself, is remembered as something holy, and Radiation is feared as the ultimate evil. ***
Jared is the son of the Prime...more
The above rating graphic provides a pretty good assessment of my opinion of the story...which stands to reason in a "DUH, thank you Col. Obvious" sorta way since I created it. Well, at the risk of raining down obvious all over you, let me add that this is certainly a book on which I would recommend you take a pass. However, for those of you SF completist, gluttons for punishment or members of the "I think Steve may just be full of shit on this one" club, here is a brief summary of the plot in c ...more
Writing Style: 2/5
I really liked this from the opening pages to the very end. It was one of those rare occasions where a book settled at the perfect length; anything longer, and it would have had to have been written very differently and anything shorter wouldn't have given an adequate impression. This one belongs in the "idea book" category, and it is the world that brings such a delightful read.
The story and characters seem to have been thrown in so that ...more
I wanted a story about how these people, over generations, have coped with life in the dark. There is some of that, but then there is psychics and way way way too much time spent on the protagonist trying to find Light (which has become a religious concept in this world). For a short book, it was too long. I had to push myself through it ...more
...and some remote recess of his mind dredged up memories of childhood teachings:...more
What is Light?
Light is a Spirit.
Where is Light?
If it weren't for the evil in man, Light would be everywhere.
Can we feel or hear Light?
No, but in the hereafter we shall all see Him.
Rubbish! Anyway, no one could explain the word see. What did you do to the Almighty when you seed Him?
He was feeling an object dangling from the upthrust
Dumb, predictable plot, 1-dimensional characters, stupid fight scenes, whole book hamstrung by terrible execution of basic premise, then the coup de grace of a wtf-bad ending.
This is unique book, one in which the language used by the characters plays a role
in the telling of the story.
In Dark Universe steht die Warnung vor der Atomaren Bedrohung eher zweitrangig da. Vielmehr thematisiert der Autor im Gewand eines SF Abenteuerromans zeitbezogene Probleme wie Religion, Sektentum und Ausgrenzung. Ganz unmittelbar geht es dem Autor jedoch einfach um das Gedankenspiel einer Menschheit die in absoluter Dunkelheit überleben muss. Die Überlebenden, denen Hauptcharakter Jared angehört haben hierfür ( ...more
That’s not to say that Dark Universe is a bad book, the premise (which I can’t say anything abou ...more
As a novel probably this is not a fantastic literature work but if you liked ...more
Ancora attuale, scritto bene, originale sia nell'impianto narrativo sia nelle invenzioni che sorreggono la trama.
Le uniche note negative, forse, sono lo "spiegone" finale, senza il quale il romanzo non perdeva nulla della sua efficacia, ed il fatto che il protagonista sviene un capitolo si e l'altro no. Quest'ultimo è un escamotage che finisce per essere prevedibile e quindi fiaccare il ritmo narrativo.
Still, I stuck with it to see how it turned out and while I don't wish for the few hours of my life back that I spent reading this novel, I highly doub ...more
The main flaw with the writing is that the wording gets repetitive.
After Galoyue (pronounced Gah-lou-ey) graduated from Louisiana State Unive ...more