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message 1: by Kyle (new)

Kyle Muntz I ordered a copy of this (was hoping to start it the day it came out) but then somehow amazon already doesn't have it in stock.

message 2: by zxvasdf (new)

zxvasdf Wow. I got it originally through the UK branch but they messed up my CC card info, so the USA Amazon came through. It took a little too long for my taste to arrive, but I had that lovely Angela Carter book you recommended...

So far, it's great, just what you would expect from Harrison. It's good to be back in New Saudade

message 3: by Kyle (new)

Kyle Muntz I recently reread Light, and I was thinking of rereading Nova Swing as well. Then again, I'm not sure if I want to wait, as I was hoping to write a pretty in-depth review early on in the hope of maybe getting a few more people to check Empty Space out.

Glad again that you enjoyed the Angela Carter book! Now that I think of it, I probably enjoyed it for a lot of the same reasons I enjoy Harrison, though she's easily the more debauched of the two.

message 4: by zxvasdf (new)

zxvasdf It might be wishful thinking, but the last few books I've read seem like they could have been very influential to Harrison in regards to his style and subject matter... (Schismatrix, Roadside Picnic, Dr Hoffman. And minor non-spoiler, I promise, there's even a centaur mention in Empty Space).

She reads like a more coherent Burroughs, and I can't help but wonder if the book's an allegory of sorts, about certain people of the period that she knew, admired, and/or disliked. I especially enjoyed the Count's anarchic spirit.

message 5: by Kyle (last edited Aug 12, 2012 01:43PM) (new)

Kyle Muntz Great review as well. You beat me to it! It's fantastic that this one didn't disappoint.

message 6: by zxvasdf (new)

zxvasdf It's good you just read Light because I just finished it, and am re-reading Empty Space. I think I should read Nova Swing as well, but I wanted to get into Empty Space while Light was still fresh in my mind. Empty Space actually uses passages from Light and uses a similar technique (probably from Nova Swing as well) so the cumulative effect is something resembling an echo.

I read that Harrison is a fan of van Vogt, and it's funny because van vogt is either admired or reviled. It depends on who you are, I guess. Anyways, van Vogt's known to write about what they call temporal conundra, in which the narrative becomes a puzzle with the use of Time Travel. Sound familiar? I think what Harrison is doing here, is pushing that envelope to encompass the entire trilogy.

A bigger story is waiting there to be discovered in the gaps.

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