Light : Kefahuchi Tract

  • by M. John Harrison
  • Narrated by Julian Elfer
  • Series: Kefahuchi Tract
  • 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrator and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.
A few words from Neil on Light: The three strands of the plot "are united by the talent of the narrator, Julian Elfer. When I consulted with Mike Harrison.... on the casting, we both thought Julian Elfer subtly conveyed the individualism of each character... part of the delight of a novel like this, for science-fiction fans or just for people who like good books, is watching the Department of Science Fiction known as 'Space Opera' be polished up, dusted off, and reinvented for the future."
In contemporary London, Michael Kearney is a serial killer on the run from the entity that drives him to kill. He is seeking escape in a future that doesn' t yet exist - a quantum world that he and his physicist partner hope to access through a breach of time and space itself. In this future, Seria Mau Genlicher has already sacrificed her body to merge into the systems of her starship, the White Cat. But the inhuman K-ship captain has gone rogue, pirating the galaxy while playing cat and mouse with the authorities who made her what she is.
In this future, Ed Chianese, a drifter and adventurer, has ridden dynaflow ships, run old alien mazes, surfed stellar envelopes. He went deep, and lived to tell about it. Once crazy for life, he's now just a twink on New Venusport, addicted to the bizarre alternate realities found in the tanks... and in debt to all the wrong people.
Haunting them all through this maze of menace and mystery is the shadowy presence of the Shrander and three enigmatic clues left on the barren surface of an asteroid under an ocean of light known as the Kefahuchi Tract: a deserted spaceship, a pair of bone dice, and a human skeleton.

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Haunting, imaginative, frustrating

As a feat of imaginative writing, Light is stunning. As a feat of storytelling, it's seriously flawed. It took me 75% of the text to have any sense of the direction of travel. The story owes a huge debt to 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick's version more than Clarke's, I'd suggest), and, as in 2001, there is the feeling that some profundity lurks behind what is a very straightforward story. However, meaning is elusive. The style owes its debt to Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. Imagine Rutger Hauer's "Time to Die" death scene extended over hundreds of pages - full of similes which reference imagined scientific concepts which have no basis in common experience (and only a handful of which have any basis in modern research). There are moments where this becomes haunting and beautiful (as in the Blade Runner speech), but for the most part, I was unsure what had been said or why. I'm happy to have read Light - it's interesting, for sure - but it left me ultimately frustrated.
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- Graham Bond

Well-written, but let down by the narration.

What made the experience of listening to Light the most enjoyable?

The story was surreal, complex and well-written.


What other book might you compare Light to, and why?

The style reminded me in some ways of William Gibson's early novels, and very much in a good way. Other elements brought to mind the Void Trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton.


Would you be willing to try another one of Julian Elfer’s performances?

Unfortunately not. Whilst his voice is pleasant, he consistently mispronounces words and robs phrases of their meaning by placing the stress in the wrong place. If this were my book, I would be infuriated that the language I had so carefully constructed had been vandalised in this way.


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- Simon Roots

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-10-2011
  • Publisher: Neil Gaiman Presents