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While this was a fairly interesting listen, the world felt a bit too sparse and it would probably have worked better if it had been part of a collection of short stories set in the same world that would have allowed the author more time to build it up.
The story mainly focused on Yanni, a theoretical physicist struggling to make a crucial breakthrough, while being haunted by an Einstein quote "A person who has not made his great contribution to science before the age of thirty will never do so" as his own thirtieth birthday is rapidly approaching. In an attempt to help him out, his friend suggests he gets a Muse, an android assistant designed to optimise his life to eliminate anything that could distract him from making progress with his work, but is everything as it first seems?
The narrator did a reasonable job with this book, but didn't really elevate a book that could have benefited from it.
Overall, this is a decent short listen, but the shorter format doesn't really do the larger world justice.
[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]
Crying Over Spilt Light is a curious, well written and narrated book, sparse whilst still being replete with detail, rather beautiful, as when the author describes the dust mites in the air. It is a book of contrasts.
So, too, is the narration by Denise Kahn. Her very pleasant, soothing voice s well paced and modulated and her voicings of the protagonists distinctive, sympathetic and true to life. At the same time, she manages to induce a feeling of one that is mechanical, one tonal, despite being anything but. Most intriguing.
The story is a simple one - a physicist is attempting to find the equation to tie up light to facilitate the building of a quantum computer and, at the same time, earn himself a Nobel prize. But after years of trying he still cannot find that Eureka moment. A friend recommends his hiring a Muse to eliminate distractions. And she does - toys, pictures and people.
The writing style is at first confusing, segments moving and interspersing themselves in time. It needs a careful listen (or two) but it is short, engaging and worth the effort. A parable.
If you could sum up Crying over Spilt Light in three words, what would they be?
Who was your favorite character and why?
The Muse..... like most people in life not exactly what you expected.
Which character – as performed by Denise Kahn – was your favorite?
Again The Muse.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Have I got an Android for you.
Any additional comments?
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
This enjoyable little novella has a lot of interesting concepts, such as a cyber muse, and asks how far you might go in your quest for something. It has a lot going on for it, and keeps your attention. I think George Saoulidis missed his chance to write for the Outer Limits or the twilight Zone, which is sad, because I think his style is right in that sweet spot of interesting, but having a deeper message.
Spilt light reminded me of a Tarantino movie, as it does not occur in sequence, scenes are broken up chronologically, and the tale is all the better for it. Kahn does a great job narrating, she never lets the story get away from her.
I think I have found a new writer for me to enjoy.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful