Haze

Haze

by L. E. Modesitt Jr.
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Haze 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
GM_Colley More than 1 year ago
I am an ardent science fiction/science fantasy/space opera fan and rabid consumer of all things related thereto. I purchased an ePub of Haze in part because of the New York Times review and in part because of the few synopsis that I had read. Having now finished this book, I cannot recommend it to even the hardiest of L.E. Modesitt fans! Haze incorporates 3 distinct story lines, only two of which have anything to do with one another. Modesitt fails to nuance any of his characters or themes which renders one of the three story lines a direct smack-in-the-face preach-fest. To make matters worse, Modesitt contradicts himself and his positions on several occasions rendering the entire work self-indulgent, bordering on pedantic. Haze is slow paced. The pacing however works, to a point. There came a time at the end where I noticed the page count at the bottom and I began to get excited, adrenaline built up and I prepared myself for all of the plot threads to reveal the tapestry. In short, IT DIDN'T DO SO! Haze ends in an incredibly anti-climactic way after having shoehorned some last minute environmental and geo-political scripture into itself. In conclusion, Haze feels like a lazy and badly edited work which feels almost schizophrenic at times. I cannot recommend Haze to anyone except those who are in need of intense disappointment in their literary lives. The final impression that I take away from Haze (after having written this review), is the same as another reviewer on Amazon, "Why was this even written?"
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Clark_Fan More than 1 year ago
One thing I like about Modesitt's SF books (I've not read any of his fantasy) is that he has a point of view about society and used his stories to express it. I may not always agree with it but I appreciate it. He certainly makes some points with regards to how societies operate in this book, and there are some pointed observations with regard to our (US) society. Although not part of a series, this story takes place in the same universe as many of his other stories and builds on the larger picture of that universe. In that regard and assuming that is the authors intent he succeeds quite well. We do indeed gain a larger picture of his universe. The Authors bounces the protagonist around a bit with this story but is always progressing the evolution of the story and character. There is not a lot of action sequences in HAZE, so if you are looking for a action book this may not be the best choice for you. But if you enjoy speculative fiction or books that evoke some thought on reading, you might enjoy HAZE.
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