15 July 2013

Empty Space by M. John Harrison


My review of M. John Harrison's extraordinary novel Empty Space has been posted at Strange Horizons.

My original version of this review was a long, crazy, rambling essay. Editor Abigail Nussbaum did heroic work helping me cut it down into something for a general audience. I like both versions — this one is much more a review, the longer version is ... brain spewings. Abigail kindly suggested that I post the cut pieces here on the blog, and I will do that later this week. I think the Strange Horizons version is perfectly good for 90+% of readers, but a few folks might enjoy seeing what zany lands this great book, and its predecessors, sent me to.

Update: And here are the deleted passages.

2 comments:

  1. It's a terrific review which gives me the sense, however, that this is a novel without narrative coherence, so that any number of interpretations are possible - and perhaps none satisfactory. But I may be way off here, and will certainly read it to find out!

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  2. To be frank, I may even mean any number of over-interpretations.

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