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Light Chaser Paperback – 24 August 2021
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In Peter F. Hamilton and Gareth L. Powell's action-packed sci-fi adventure Light Chaser, a love powerful enough to transcend death can bring down an entire empire.
Amahle is a Light Chaser – one of a number of explorers, who travel the universe alone (except for their onboard AI), trading trinkets for life stories.
But when she listens to the stories sent down through the ages she hears the same voice talking directly to her from different times and on different worlds. She comes to understand that something terrible is happening, and only she is in a position to do anything about it.
And it will cost everything to put it right.
Praise for the authors:
[Gareth L.] Powell's writing is fast-paced and fun and full of adventure. He's on my must-read list. --Ann Leckie
[Peter F.] Hamilton handles massive ideas with enviable ease. --Guardian
- Publisher : St. Martins Press-3PL (24 August 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 178 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250769825
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250769824
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.04 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 89,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's as though they had the idea and agreed to write it together and then both got cold feet and did just enough each to get the thing submitted and out of their hair. Whole sections of the plot are just glossed over in a quick sentence or two, the enemy barely even earn themselves a name let alone a part in the story and the protagonist literally only has two obstacles or events to deal with and those are easily overcome.
Truly awful. I was looking forward to reading this so much. Gutted.
Wonderful, in every way. Bravo.
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This is not Hamilton at his best. The book is light weight but is still a good read. It feels as if it was written to provide the backstory for a new series of books that I expect we will be seeing soon. Probably the biggest issue with the plot is that its conclusion, which is where the book starts, destroys the time line in which the plot is set. Very strange. Time travel without time travel? Weird.
Over all I enjoyed 'Light Chaser'. Giving it a rating was difficult. The core plot idea is too good to get three stars but is it worth the four that I have awarded? On balance, I think so. I am not too keen on the central fantasy element, but it is well used. And I just loved the two methods used to disable AIs that are controlling their masters. One was first used over half a century ago in the film '2001'. The other is novel and very clever. Taking this element into account 4 stars is the rating that I am content with.
LIGHT CHASER is a hugely accomplished novella with everything I could have asked for: high stakes, loveable characters, the choice between what is comfortable and what is right, multiple worlds, AI sentient ships and a cat.
The plot is just the right complexity for the wordcount and I loved that the authors didn't shy away from using higher level concepts whilst retaining readability. I also learnt a couple of words - MASER, for example - and had a few 'giggle out loud' moments with some cracking lines.
My biggest takeaway is that I am here for immortal space goddesses wearing synthetic squid skin boots that ripple with explosions of colour at each step.
I may be raving about this book for a while.
Worldbuilding is the star of the show here. The story covers thousands of years and disparate planets, from fantasy medieval worlds to futuristic spaceports. Each location is different, with interesting geography, flora and fauna. So much of what kept me reading was to see what interesting world Amahle would show up in next.
So overall, a fun, quick and easy read with big ideas and yet manages to fit into a small book. If you're new to Powell, this will give you a good idea if you should read more of his stuff. If you like this, you'll like the rest. I'd be interested to see another story in this universe, and you can't say better than that.