Another Space in Time Kindle Edition
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Questions considered in Another Space In Time include, what if
1. organ donor recipients retain a connection with their donors?
2. when you die, you are transported to another world?
3. people on worlds that receive recycled souls from earth resent the wave of immigrants?
4. people had more evidence that their consciousnesses did not end with death?
5. a world existed whose sun was a pulsar?
6. a world existed where the population could learn from mistakes made on Earth?
7. you were an immigrant and the native people could read your thoughts?
--and there are others.
Mr. Bunning has worked out answers and played with other ideas in his novel. To keep it interesting and quicken the pace, he added a crime mystery. To satisfy romance readers, he wove in a love story. The result is a novel that fulfills the need for a plot, conflict, characters, arcs, etc. while also serving as a vehicle for exploring aspects of "every-man philosophy".
The story took awhile to draw me in. Partly, the writing style is formal and wordy. In some respects, the beginning felt like stepping into a boat at the dock where the boat rocks quite a lot until you settle and pick up the oars. At that point, the Rodwell character, from whose POV the bulk of the story is told, establishes himself as somewhat timid, gentlemanly, and quaint. Funny, even. Readers watch his metamorphosis from an ineffective British government worker to an intelligent man's Rambo. Thoughts of multiple lifetimes and a love interest will do that for you.
Given the foundations of this novel are innovative, carefully written, and well-edited, my enjoyment was present, but dampened by over-explanation and repetitions that left a few dents in my skull. The author, really, really wanted to be clear, crystal, spanking new window pane, corporate newbie instruction-following-ly clear. I'm an impatient reader, mostly, and the kiss of yawns is to drill my eyes with repetition, non-interesting detail, or step by step obvious steps--unless they are written in a creative or literary, symbolic manner, which was not so evident here. The writing is solid, but too verbose and straight forward to place it on my loved-it shelf.
Kept in mind--this is Richard Bunning's first novel, and as a starting point, compared to some others I've read, it is good.
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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