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on Aug. 09, 2012 :
I never heard of this author until a friend mentioned this book. Big thanks! Since sharing is caring, I’m sharing my thoughts about this amazing read.
First, it has a great premise. Two Terrans (into a boy-girl thing) are trapped in a haunted alien spaceship and have to survive a ghost trying to kill them. A good writer would have made a very enjoyable book. But H. C. Turk is a terrific writer and created a masterpiece. That’s immediately evident by the opening, which is not only gorgeous prose illuminating (literally) the situation, but effortlessly leads to down-to-earth people starting to get together, then back to the glories of the universe which will soon engulf the people.
If you threw out everything but the dialog between the two main characters, the book would be a wonderful read. But there’s so much more. The plot is truly exciting. The characters are real people and become your friends. The ideas behind the nature of alienness and these particular aliens are strongly realized. The endless originality is always satisfying. The unusual terms made to fit technology never encountered by humans before can be dense, but that’s appropriate for extremely intelligent ideas in a future setting. If you don’t bring your brain, you won’t get the most out of this. But if you can think and read at the same time, you will be profoundly rewarded. Not just because this novel is so smart, but because the emotions these people go through are touching, thrilling, hilarious, deeply moving. The ending is both utterly sorrowful and absolutely uplifting. Only a master can do that.
When I read this sentence, “I am your only girlfriend on this island, and in the universe of my heart” I think time stopped. I could only sit there and stare. When I came back, I was in an atmosphere of angels. That’s a great place to be.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)