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Bright of the Sky (Book 1 of The Entire and the Rose) Paperback – February 28, 2008
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Starred Review. At the start of this riveting launch of a new far-future SF series from Kenyon (Tropic of Creation), a disastrous mishap during interstellar space travel catapults pilot Titus Quinn with his wife, Johanna Arlis, and nine-year-old daughter, Sydney, into a parallel universe called the Entire. Titus makes it back to this dimension, his hair turned white, his memory gone, his family presumed dead and his reputation ruined with the corporation that employed him. The corporation (in search of radical space travel methods) sends Titus (in search of Johanna and Sydney) back through the space-time warp. There, he gradually, painfully regains knowledge of its rulers, the cruel, alien Tarig; its subordinate, Chinese-inspired humanoid population, the Chalin; and his daughter's enslavement. Titus's transformative odyssey to reclaim Sydney reveals a Tarig plan whose ramifications will be felt far beyond his immediate family. Kenyon's deft prose, high-stakes suspense and skilled, thorough world building will have readers anxious for the next installment. (Apr.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Bright of the Sky, Kay Kenyon's seventh novel, took critics by surprise. Compared to works by Frank Herbert and Philip Jose Farmer, this impressive first installment in a planned four-part series won them over with its riveting plot, vividly imagined alternate universe, and exotic alien denizens. Titus Quinn is a charming anti-hero, fully fleshed-out and likable; Kenyon's secondary characters are also convincing and memorable. One critic felt that some narrative jumps were confusing, and the Washington Post compared Kenyon's early chapters on 23rd-century Earth to "a kind of retro (1950s) view of the future," but these were considered minor complaints. With elegant prose and a solid grounding in real-life physics, Kenyon has conjured a spellbinding, action-packed planetary romance.
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This book drew me in at the beginning. Although I didn't stay up all night reading, it was definitely a book that kept me spending a lot of my day coming back to it.
The characters were very well developed and it was well written. I had no problem with point of view changes. I didn't note any misused words, but I probably wouldn't have noticed since I was involved in the characters and plot. The descriptions could have been a little better, especially of the appearance of some of the sentients, but I wouldn't consider lack of clarity significant enough to reduce my review. The vocabulary and wording fit the setting of the book.
I found all of the characters interesting and believable. Although Titus Quinn's choices were sometimes dissappointing, they were in character. I would have liked to seen more of Helice, and expect to in the subsequent novels. They are now on my wish list.
This is a series I expect will be on my list of favorites. I give it 5 stars.
But then- she gets to the Entire. And it may be that Kay has come up with a completely new concept in Science Fiction- not an easy feat. This is not merely new planets or new Stargate galaxies. This is not alternate dimensions, or different timelines. This is other *universes*. And the only way they can communicate, an artificial, giant nexus between the two.
The concept beggars the mind. Kenyon writes with such imagination. We can be done there. This concept is too new, it provides too much room for thought, nothing more is needed.
And yet she continues. For her plot is so gripping, her characters so real and nuanced, that she proofs the lie that science fiction can't be good literature. If you like depth, if you like to learn more about yourself and life because of the beauty of the words and lives before you- then this is the book for you.
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Storyline, well developed characters, and good descriptive scenery.