Light (Kefahuchi Tract #1) ★☆☆☆☆

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Title: Light
Series: Kefahuchi Tract #1
Author: M. John Harrison
Rating: 1 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 432
Format: Digital edition



So much purposeful distortion that I’m not even going to bother to try to put up a synopsis. Trash like this isn’t worth it.


My Thoughts:

I wasted my time reading this bloody piece of bolluxy crap.

The author is a clever fellow. You can tell because he’s always having his characters do drugs, have sex and vomit. Nothing speaks more cleverly than multiple times of vomiting. Even as I’m typing I’m vomiting, on the floor, so that this review will be so much more cleverer.

I was expecting a real SF story. What I got was some pretentious wanker’s drug induced hallucinogenic anal excretions.

This is the kind of writing that I would expect a brainless Oscar/Emmy/Whatever Winner to nod sagely about and say something along the lines of * insert typical hollywood soundbyte blather * or some Literati to talk about its 77 different layered meanings to each of us. In other words, total bs.

To close, this book brought me near to Patrick Rothfuss levels of rage.




34 thoughts on “Light (Kefahuchi Tract #1) ★☆☆☆☆

    1. He gives me rage. He wrote his first book 10 years, promised upon his dying grandmother’s soul to his fans that the trilogy was finished and would be put out one a year.
      Then he got picked up, said the remaining books needed polishing. 6 years later book 2 came out.
      Nary hide nor hair of book 3 has been seen. He’s a lying rat bastard that I’d gut with a dull spoon and consider it a good deed.

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  1. It’s pretty clear some fantasy series will never be finished. If you ramp up fantasy over five books it’s hard to create workable solutions to them. it’s the ‘Lost’ model of storytelling. The model that has been adopted for basically every Netflix commissioned TV show now as well. Martin and Rothfuss: They’re in a narrative corner they can’t get out of and I doubt they will even try. It really frustrates me when people laud these guys as some sort of literary genius.

    This is what I’m expecting. Martin: “actually guys I’ve finished it in Winds of Winter, I wont need the next book”.

    Chapter 120000000

    And then, suddenly, the dragons fucken fly over Westeros and burned everything and killed people, and the north people came and like froze everything and killed everyone else.

    The End.

    Mega-novels are more the response to the endless page given to readers by word-processors. It’s the inevitable consequence of writers not having to buy paper for their typewriters… which is good news for those of us sneering at hipsters and their typewriters. The cash-in sequel is hardly new. Albeit in the SF genre (but in the space opera and far-future sub-genres and with some obvious overlap with fantasy through its quasi-medievalism), the Dune sequence peaked with the second (Dune Messiah), which I actually kind of prefer to the first book, and went markedly downhill thereafter. (And there’s an entire corner of the interweb devoted to criticism of what the talent-less son has done with Dune since the father’s death. NB: The son’s first solo work, Sidney’s Comet, which would never have been published if it hadn’t been for the surname, is not simply the worst novel I’ve ever read, it’s the worst novel anyone has ever read – even people who haven’t read it… … … [bit of Zensunni paradoxical wisdom there]).

    But, while one may say the mega-novel usually serves no good end, what they hear over at Random House, HarperCollins at al is ‘Ker-ching, ker-ching…’. In fact, that’s all they ever hear, or want to hear…

    NB1: Iain M Banks created a great world in the Culture. He then wrote a number of quite distinct novels with different characters set in that world. And it’s actually better at world building. If you want to explore a distant Island or such like you don’t need to invent a contrived reason for your characters to go there, you just set a different story there.

    NB2: If GoT ends with them all having died in some sort of dragon pile up, shaking hands with the old gods and the new, I will personally eat my own ass. And don’t have me start on Rothfuss. I’ve written about it, but I’m no mood to go and look for the review…

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    1. Yeah, I saw your review on GR and it made me laugh because I could tell we were approaching this same book from almost diametrically opposing starting points.

      I made it a point to write my review before I read any other reviews though, so that I wouldn’t be influenced one way or another. I also have to admit that I upvoted all the 1star reviews at GR 😀

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    1. Yeah, if I had gone into this without the review of book3 [whoever it was. I can’t remember] spurring me on, I probably would have dnf’d at the first “vomit” scene. But I kept waiting for it to “get better”. Sigh…

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  2. Oh gosh I thought you were gonna quit this one after your snippet the other day- now I’ve read your review- yeesh! This is why bodily functions need to be kept to the absolute *bare minimum* in books. Also, just saw your comment about Rothfuss- that’s close to how I feel about Martin’s books not coming out (though probably with less rage 😉 ) I never actually realised that Rothfuss said his books were ready years ago. I’m also not that bothered cos I didn’t like book 2.

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    1. Yeah, if I hadn’t bought into Rothfuss’s self-hype, it wouldn’t bother me so much. But he straight up lied before book 1 was even released, so I’m holding him to his word and letting the consequences just happen.

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        1. Because he was an indie at the time and was willing to do/say anything to sell his debut book. I think it sold way better than he thought and so he was left floundering with how to figure out what to do next. So, delay, delay, delay 😀

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          1. Ahh- that makes sense- but I really don’t like it :/ I mean, he’s not the first debut indie- most people would’ve understood that the second book wasn’t finished- he could’ve just said it was “in the works”. It’s much worse to make something up.

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