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The Void av Brett J. Talley
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The Void (utgåvan 2012)

av Brett J. Talley

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In the deepest reaches of space, on a ship that no longer exists, six travelers stare into the abyss . . . and the abyss stares back. Man has finally mastered the art of space travel and in a few hours passengers can travel light years across the galaxy. But, there's a catch—the traveler must be asleep for the journey, and with sleep come the dreams. Only the sleeper can know what his dream entails, for each is tailored to his own mind, built from his fears, his secrets, his past . . . and sometimes his future. That the dreams occasionally drive men mad is but the price of technological advance. But when a transport on a routine mission comes upon an abandoned ship, missing for more than a decade, six travelers—each with something to hide—discover that perhaps the dreams are more than just figments of their imagination. Indeed, they may be a window to a reality beyond their own where shadow has substance and the darkness is a thing unto itself, truly worthy of fear.… (mer)
Medlem:CynDaVaz
Titel:The Void
Författare:Brett J. Talley
Info:JournalStone (2012), Paperback, 250 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
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Brett Talley's follow up to his magnificent Lovecraftian novel, "That Which Should Not Be", proves that he will carve out a place for himself among modern horror authors. This is a thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi/horror/thriller.

While there are a handful of creepy-crawlies that jump from the darkness, Talley's true mastery is his development of horror through narrative, tone and mood. He builds his story upon a backbone of well-known fictional elements - "The Matrix", "The Odyssey", the film "Event Horizon". And while a bit derivative, it works extremely well and I found myself aching to finish the story.

"Void" is quite short and doubling the size, Talley would've had the opportunity delve deeper into the characterizations and further flesh out the backstory. That aside, I heartily recommend this book. ( )
1 rösta JGolomb | Dec 13, 2014 |
Pretty standard sci-fi and definitely did not deliver on the element of horror I was expecting. Might be better as a short story. Was hoping for a more deeply philosophical element as well so, for me, wasn't as sophisticated as it should be despite the essential premise. ( )
1 rösta spbooks | Apr 19, 2013 |
When it comes to horror books, I have nerves of steel. I can read a horror book alone at night in a dark, empty house with a rain storm outside accompanied by howling wind, still fall asleep without a problem and have lovely dreams. It's my talent. It's my gift.

Then, I read The Void. While I didn't lose any sleep, I had to take breaks while reading because I was scared. I think the most disturbing thing were the description of everyone's dreams. There was no better way to understand the characters than to delve into their psyche through their dreams. All of them had different ones with a common element...the darkness. The darkness was an entity all to itself. It represented the unknown and it was this element that made the book absolutely terrifying.

The novel is extremely atmospheric and Talley is gifted at imposing a sense of dread and foreboding. There's incredibly vivid imagery and it played out in my imagination almost like a movie. The end answered all my questions in an extremely satisfying manner though I was confused as to whether to find it hopeful or bleak.

Talley creates a creepy story that has the potential to leave you afraid of the dark. I immensely enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from him. ( )
1 rösta MaryAnn12 | Apr 4, 2013 |
It’s no exaggeration to say that THE VOID is one of the best horror novels I read in 2012 (yes, I’m a bit late in writing this review in February 2013). I had previously read Brett Talley’s previous novel, THAT WHICH SHOULD NOT BE, a fun contribution to the Cthulhu Mythos that ties a few other horror tropes to Lovecraft’s world in interesting ways, but it in no way prepared me for what I could expect from his latest. THE VOID is, in my experience, a rare beast: a science fiction novel that successfully blends the genre with strong horror elements.

Mild plot spoilers follow.

In the mid-twenty-second century, humanity has discovered the secret of faster-than-light travel (FTL) and has begun to colonize worlds across the galaxy. There is just one limitation to FTL travel: humans must be asleep during the voyage, and, while asleep, each traveler dreams. The dream is different for each traveler, but recurs every time that person travels through space. No one talks about their personal dreams, unsurprisingly since the dreams are closer to nightmares, and deeply resonant for each individual. Every now and then – not too often, but just often enough – the dreams drive someone mad. And sometimes people who go to sleep never wake up.

THE VOID centers on one starship voyage in which six people on a seemingly routine voyage happen upon another ship that had disappeared in the depths of space a decade previously. The crew and passengers awake prematurely during their trip, seemingly trapped in a field of black holes making navigation and escape almost impossible, and having few options but to investigate the derelict ship. Unsurprisingly, each of the travelers is more than they appear, with secrets in their pasts and hidden agendas, all of which surface on this trip. A few of the characters are more hastily sketched than others, but the characters and their pasts are interestingly interlocked, and one of THE VOID’s strengths. I won’t reveal the nature of the dreams or what the travelers find on the missing ship, lest I ruin key elements of the plot. Suffice it to say that the mysteries revealed were well done and genuinely scary.

Comparisons between THE VOID and films like Event Horizon and Solaris are probably inevitable, but also a little misleading, as THE VOID avoids the gore of Event Horizon but is less introspective and more action-oriented than Solaris. I sometimes find that stories involving dream sequences and flashbacks hard to follow or too confusing to be worth the effort, but Talley demonstrates his mastery of writing here, doing a good job of keeping the story moving forward coherently despite the eerie dreamscapes the characters experience.

THE VOID is haunting and thought-provoking. The characters, plot, and premise have all stuck with me since reading it and I can certainly see myself rereading it. Sure, parts of the plot are a little predictable, but then again, we know that this is essentially a Lovecraftian haunted house story set in space, so certain tropes and plot elements are almost expected. Highly recommended for those who like their science fiction mixed with horror.

Review copyright © 2013 J. Andrew Byers ( )
1 rösta bibliorex | Feb 19, 2013 |
I have not received this book so that I could review it. I was supposed to receive it as a part of Library Thing's Early Reviewers group.
  ladyoflorien | Feb 4, 2013 |
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“VERDICT This unique and unnerving read is a sure bet for horror and sf fans… the horror elements are very well written and fascinating.”
tillagd av JournalStone | ändraLibrary Journal, Western Washington Univ. Libs. Rebecca M. Marrall (Jun 15, 2012)
 
"Talley proves That Which Should Not Be, his debut effort, was no fluke. He’s here to stay, deeply embedded in our darkest dementia."
tillagd av JournalStone | ändraHorrorNews.net (May 28, 2012)
 
“Talley follows stoker finalist That Which Should Not Be with another tale of cosmic horror. This tale of aliens preying on humanity stands out from the crowd thanks to the strength of Talley’s prose and creative imagination.” Publishers Weekly
tillagd av JournalStone | ändraPublishers Weekly, Publishers Weekly (May 28, 2012)
 
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In the deepest reaches of space, on a ship that no longer exists, six travelers stare into the abyss . . . and the abyss stares back. Man has finally mastered the art of space travel and in a few hours passengers can travel light years across the galaxy. But, there's a catch—the traveler must be asleep for the journey, and with sleep come the dreams. Only the sleeper can know what his dream entails, for each is tailored to his own mind, built from his fears, his secrets, his past . . . and sometimes his future. That the dreams occasionally drive men mad is but the price of technological advance. But when a transport on a routine mission comes upon an abandoned ship, missing for more than a decade, six travelers—each with something to hide—discover that perhaps the dreams are more than just figments of their imagination. Indeed, they may be a window to a reality beyond their own where shadow has substance and the darkness is a thing unto itself, truly worthy of fear.

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