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Kay Kenyon's The Entire and the Rose: Part of a Modern Classic?

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Imagine "a five-armed radial universe that exists in a dimension without stars and planets and is parallel to our own universe. Stretched over the Entire is a lid of plasma, called the bright, under which live many galactic species, copied from our own universe."

Can't imagine that? Okay, it's tough for me, too, and I was reading Isaac Asimov when I was three while benchpressing a copy of Stranger in a Strange Land.

Okay, how about this instead: Kay Kenyon's Bright of the Sky and just-released A World Too Near feature a brilliant SF setting that rivals Larry Niven's Ringworld and Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld series for sheer invention, adventure, complexity, and a sense of wonder.

The storyline involves the Quinn family--it is Titus Quinn who breaches the divide between our universe and the Entire. It's Titus who must go back to try to save his wife and battle his daughter, who found her way to the Entire in book one. In addition to the evolving family dynamic, there are wars going on between rival factions of alien species. Not to mention a continuing exploration of the strangeness that is the Entire.

Here's a short excerpt:

Above the fortress the sky dimmed to lavender, a time that passed for night in this world. Here every creature knew by their internal clock what time of night or day it was, all but Johanna Quinn, a woman of Earth. Between this universe and the next only a thin wall intervened, a permanent storm that forbade contact between Earth and the Entire. Or so most believed.

Johanna hurried down deserted corridors following the heavy drumbeat of the engine just ahead, a bass thrumming that pounded in her ears and the hollow of her chest. Coming to a divide in the hall she took the left branch, remembering her partial and wholly inadequate map. This hall too was deserted, and she rushed on. She prayed not to be discovered, although she had her alibi, thin as it might be.

Continue reading at the author's website.


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My preference is books based on facts but I have a deep interest in the solar system and this book (I am only a couple of pages in) captures that part of my interest. The descriptive language helps me to see it more as a reality (based on what I've learned about the String Theory)

Classic is truly amazing piece of an art. I really appreciate people who loves classic things. Also It made me glad to read your post.

Michael, sir, your comment reeks of sexist crap. Porn for women? If we want porn, we don't have to read it, we can watch it on cable tv. If we want romance, we can switch the channel. And if we want the real thing, in either category, and if we are really lucky, we have a lover who knows the difference. I read sci-fi to experience new worlds, creatures, cultures and effective adventure. I am absolutely thrilled when an author engages my interest by including all of those elements and combines it with brilliant prose. So don't belittle Ms. Kenyon, her writing or her audience by suggesting that her work is limited to only women-- and only those women who are sexually or romantically challenged. Sheesh.

Just finished the first book. It ended up being a 3/5 sort of score for me; I found it reminded me of other things I read a little too much to feel original. I also got a little tired of having characters say various versions of: "Titus Quinn - Although it goes against my better judgement to do X, I'll do it because I find you strangely persuasive." In my opinion, it was interesting, but not great.


you claim to have read Asimov when you were three?

I call shenanigans sir!

Michael -- Pish and/or Tush, sir. If you want SF romance novels, you have to read Catherine Asaro or Lisa Sinclair. Or go back to the wellspring and find a copy of Janelle Taylor's "Moondust and Madness", as far as I know the first-even SF romance novel.

Dear Michael:
Thank you for your comment. I have to respectfully but strongly disagree with your assessment. I can't imagine you've actually read the series, to be honest.


This is no "modern classic." Rather, it's a copy cat of hundreds of prior examples of porn for women, a.k.a. the romance novel.

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