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Radiance is a decopunk pulp SF alt history space opera mystery set in a Hollywood—and solar system—very different from our own from the phenomenal talent behind the New York Times bestselling The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making Severin Unck’s father is a famous director of Gothic romances in an alternate 1986 in which talking movies are still a daring innovation due to the patent hoarding Edison family Rebelling against her father’s films of passion intrigue and spirits from beyond Severin starts making documentaries traveling through space and investigating the levitator cults of Neptune and the lawless saloons of Mars For this is not our solar system but one drawn from classic science fiction in which all the planets are inhabited and we travel through space on beautiful rockets Severin is a realist in a fantastic universeBut her latest film which investigates the disappearance of a diving colony on a watery Venus populated by island sized alien creatures will be her last Though her crew limps home to earth and her story is preserved by the colony’s last survivor Severin will never return Aesthetically recalling A Trip to the Moon and House of Leaves and told using techniques from reality TV classic film gossip magazines and meta fictional narrative Radiance is a solar system spanning story of love exploration family loss quantum physics and silent film


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    Re read 52420After re reading my gushing review from years ago and having just re read the fantastic book I wonder if there's anything I can add to it?Ah how about this Getting a nice hardbound version and sipping the tale like a great wine is recommended Re reads are not only welcome but delightfulAnd damn the ending is both nearly incomprehensible and immensely satisfying Active readers will have a huge huge kick Original reviewThis was A Fucking MazingThis is what all SF aspires to be when it grows up and speaks like David Foster Wallace channeling Roger ZelaznyI want to have this book's babiesDo I like this? Oh my lord do I like this??? Okay Word of warning don't bother reading this unless you KNOW your mythology and I'm not just talking about the greeks There's a boatload of Sumerian in here as well Each and every city is appropriate Each and every name is square on the mark This book is brilliant BRILLIANT It shines with RadianceOkay Now down to the nitty gritty We slide easily between motion picture scripting and stream of consciousness with a few actual epistles thrown in It's accomplished and speaks of a grand familiarity with traditional mainstream fiction even going so far as to rise as high as any of the past masters Don't be fooled into thinking that because this is SF that it is anything less than masterful I'm going to have to read this one several times to pick up everything but even on my first quick read I picked up than enough to shiver with delight and drool from both sides of my mouth because I am essentially a level headed personOne thing that is common upon practically every level of this read and the title gives it away Radiance It's all about bringing forth the best version through the magic of lightYou can read this story from the surface getting into the magical mystery of Severin and her disappearance or the magic of moviemaking but all of that's just the easy route Another route is to read between the lines to see that every person and every place is a pure metaphor that works time and time again to bolster the initial and ongoing themes of bringing meaning out of death magic out of life and raising the standard of understanding everything else with eyes as sharp as the sun All the artists in this book are on a quest to bring their Art to the next level and none of them are failures They are the embodiment of beauty crafting myth building and obsession Percival and Severin is a perfect exampleAn entirely different level of this same theme caught my attention right off the bat and turned me into a giddy mess Ms Valente turned our solar system into a heaven and a haven the best of all possible worlds a place where everyone and everything could survive custom made to support life and happiness I think of all the pulp SF out there not forgetting Burroughs or Bradbury that had lush life on Venus and Mars Of course she took it much farther Mercury had it's own unique species as did Jupiter and Saturn their moons and all the way to Pluto and Charon which had a huge vegetable stalk connecting the two moonlets together in an endless dance with strange cows and lotus flowers ready to provide life and sustenance for humans when they arrived It was gorgeous It was a dream come true and artistic rendering that turned our hellish system into a horn of plenty and yes everywhere was giving us air to breathe This too was the artist giving us a brilliant conception of the world through the Fae Light of movie magic and I admit that I fell into its spell as deeply and completely as any of the very best books I've ever read It was told so well that I drowned in not giving a fuck about having realistic science This was all about dreams and magic as only our deepest joys of a mythical Hollywood could conceiveIs this enough to propel you to a wonderful reading experience? I hope so But wait I haven't even mentioned the Callowhales And I won't They're very important and increasingly so This is one of the best books I've ever read Maybe it just speaks to me and me alone because I love complicated flights of immense imagination detailed with such density and beauty that I was forced to slow the hell down and savor each word each turn of phrase each reference Was I doubly amazed by the structure of the read when scenes replayed themselves as to throw all of my ideas about what I was reading into an entirely new light? Hells yes The writing was masterful I know I said that before I'm saying it again because I have to sit back down with this book SOON and study it I WANT to study it It is so damn rich as to turn practically everything else I read into shallow piles of doo I can't believe this is just the first novel I've read of hers I've been hearing about her works for years and yet I just never got around to reading any of them I wanted to I really did but something always got in the way I seem to be saying that a lot about a handful of authors recently Well I'm FIXING THAT I'm going to be reading the rest of her works very soon No one that can write like this should ever be dismissed or ignored Brilliance is Brilliance