Another Space in Time Kindle Edition
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The fugitive "Arrival", now pursued by E.T.T. (Earth Trash Terminators) runs for his life, helped by some local friends, who can read his mind and his fantasies, but eventually manages to get rid of his hunters and prove his innocence. That makes the second part of the book more alert, after the long, descriptive passages in the beginning that introduce the reader, and the protagonist, to the parallel world.
Had the author cut some of the expository dialogue and focused on the narrative, it would have delivered a page turner, a sci-fi political thriller. But even so, he entertains, challenges, and warns us with his allegory about a new "Arrival" (new comer, immigrant) in a strange world where he is to serve as a scapegoat, rather than an equal human being. Isn't it akin to our present-day world?
The world itself was fascinating with plants, creatures and environments, like but unlike the ones we know on Earth. As a New Zealander, I was personally delighted to meet live moas "with attitude" on Goranas. Moas are huge flightless birds unique to my country, but now sadly extinct, (except on Goranas.) Goranas's giant constrictor snakes were interesting, specially when you can step over one while mistaking it for a log.
The astronomical arrangements between Goranas and its pulsar star were about as different from Earth's as you could imagine and yet producing similar conditions for life to thrive in. This sun did not set; it simply went out for the night. I'd heard of pulsar stars but it takes a clever fiction writer like Richard Bunning to contrive a plausible way for it to work out as a "home" star suitable for human life.
I easily identified with the character Rodwell and enjoyed seeing him develop gradually through the story from a confused and vulnerable naked new "arrival" to a dangerous force to be reckoned with towards the end. I grew to like him and felt sure he would later honour his debts to those who freely helped him when he was in dire straits.
Bunning handled the religious aspects of the story well, in a way that encouraged faith while discouraging fear and religious discord. It got you thinking about life after death and wondering what kind of world might be waiting for each of us somewhere out there in the universe.
The story's voice was unusual in its formal style. For example contractions like weren't, or won't were rare, even in dialogue, but the formality somehow suited the character and his predicament. I found the voice refreshing because so different to most SF in this respect.
The love story was well-handled and it was a good device to allow us to peek into Lucy's diary at the end and to view the events of the story and the character of Rodwell himself through her eyes.
I recommend this book for anyone with an interest in the topic of life after death, or anyone who enjoys Sci-fi or a good action thriller, and anyone who likes a good romance. This book is all of those genres rolled into one. But the most important quality for me was its ability to anchor me to that chair, wearing out my kindle thumb, until I reached the last page.
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