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Light Music (Nanotech Cycle, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – June 24, 2003

3.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
Book 4 of 4 in the Nanotech Series

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About the Author

Kathleen Ann Goonan has published two previous books in her critically acclaimed "Nanotech Cycle," the first of which, Queen City Jazz, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is also the author of Mississippi Blues, The Bones of Time, and numerous acclaimed short stories. She lives with her husband in Lakeland, Florida.

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Humanity's long, difficult, painful journey to a new mental and physical state began in Goonan's Queen City Jazz (1994) when a random pulse from somewhere else in the galaxy disrupted communications on Earth and produced the Silence, attended by mass confusion, despair, and physical changes in babies born during the pulse. Governments desperate to understand the signal seized many of those children, but others' families took them into hiding in remote settlements and cities protected by deep, comprehensive nanotechnology. Now in the moon colony, the floating environment Crescent City, and the Flower Cities around the world, people are awakening to an inner drive that almost lets them understand the signal as a blend of light, music, and information. Following that drive, a man and woman flee Crescent City to the Houston Space Center, a mother follows her son from a ranch in Argentina to Paris, and a woman and an autistic teen splash down in the Pacific after abandoning the lunar colony. Each driven person has a vital role to play in the transformation that will end humanity's 200-year-long journey. Archetypal characters--Coyote the Trickster, Cowboy, Caribbean pirates--join in as Goonan deftly weaves music, literature, and science in the brilliant conclusion to a tetralogy as consequential in sf as Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy. Roberta Johnson
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Eos; Reprint edition (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380803518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380803514
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,720,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 19, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book starts off with great promise, but then simply goes on and on and ----. The whole light/energy/music concept is done to DEATH and as I reached page 300, I just couldn't stand it any more. This is one of an extremely small number of books that I literally chose to close and never reopen. I simply didn't give a damn what happened to anyone in it, and that is a great indicator of poor writing at worst, poor editing, at least. The characters are interesting when you are first introduced to them, but then they go nowhere as the book progresses. Each character can be counted on to behave exactly as he/she did from their introduction. I read The Bones of Time a while ago, and I seem to remember that it too became tough to get through as it reached its last hundred pages. Goonan apparently needs to learn how to "cut to the chase" when it comes to plot development and resolution. I would not recommend this book unless you have a bunch of time to kill on a long flight, and can hack reading basically about the same thing stated a few different ways for almost four hundred pages.
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I agree with what the other reviewers have said. Both the one saying that the ideas are near genuis and the one saying that the book is a difficult read. This is part three or four of an amazingly ambitious work. It was the book I happened upon first. Now that I've read Mississippi Blues, I feel sure this book will make more sense and I intend to go back and read it again. I don't suggest beginning with this book - but I do suggest reading it. I'm not that taken with Marie, but I loved the character Zeb. I guess I identify more with a crazy scientist than with a voodoo princess. Actually, I think I could go the rest of my life without reading any more about voodoo. But I did enjoy the New Orleans setting. Few writers would dare tackle a work this sweeping in scope. In fact, it boggles my mind how ANYONE could tackle such a huge work (other than possibly Vernon Vinge). But I'm glad she did.
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As a SF reader for sixty years, it is difficult to find new authors I enjoy. This author's narrative is among the best. Her ideas are original and clever.
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One of my all-time favorite books! The writing style is not for everyone, but absolutely brilliant little ideas throughout.
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By A Customer on June 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In the latter part of the twenty-first century, nanotechnology is about to take man into the next evolutionary leap. Then continuous, mysterious, and unstoppable signals from space created The Silence, a state where radios, television and the net were inoperable. Crescent City was created in the Caribbean Sea, a sentient life form meant to be a repository of all human knowledge.

Crescent City will one day turn itself into a space ship but before that could happen, pirates attack and destroy the coordinates needed to take the ship to it's proper destination. Jason Peabody and Dania leave Crescent City for Johnson Space Station in Houston where they can retrieve the coordinates the city so desperately needs. Their journey through a world altered by nanotechnology and decimated by plague is the stuff of legends.

On one level, a person has to be a super genius to understand all the scientific concepts put forth in LIGHT MUSIC. On the other hand, if the readers are willing to let their imaginations flow freely, they will enjoy a fascinating story line populated with characters that are all too human despite their genetic differences. Kathleen Ann Goonan is a writer on the cutting edge of literature.

Harriet Klausner
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