I am listening to Lucifer right now and it really is bad.
I know we shouldn't speak ill of the dead, and I would never deny that Mr Darrow was anything less than a fantastic actor, and I'm sure he was a lovely person as well, but I'm afraid his literary ambitions somewhat exceeded his abilities.
Where to begin? There seems to be a poor grasp of the astrophysics involved in space travel, plants breaking up, gravity, etc. I'm no expert myself, and maybe Darrow has got it right and I am wrong, but I don't think so. At times it seems like everything is happening in the Solar System. Then there is the attitude to sex and women, which is like something from a 60s or 70s Bond movie, and the portrayal of the Chinese which is akin to a 1940s style "yellow peril" thriller. I honestly don't think this book would have been published had it been written by anyone else - presumably BF were trying to keep him sweet so he would be on board for audio productions.
I'm only about half way through, maybe it will improve, but I doubt it.
Darrow writes like an actor. Every sentence is layered with portents, subtext, backstory and action. But this manages to suck all the spontaneity and life out of them which makes them leaden and cliched. I’ve only read A Terrible Aspect and Lucifer but, while he puts loads of events and plot into his story, his writing feels flat AND overly melodramatic at the same time. That said, ATA managed to keep me turning the pages simply because there was so much going on, despite it bearing no real resemblance to the B7 universe.
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