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The Memory of Fire

3.19 of 5 stars 3.19  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Some memories can never be forgotten....

In a dark and not-so-distant future, whole populations are addicted to virtual sensation -- and vast bureaucracies are using deadly force to rid themselves of troublemakers. Within this world, small, self-contained communities -- called nodes, or cruces -- live in an anarchistic freedom that threatens organized society. This is the w
Paperback, 480 pages
Published February 27th 2001 by Spectra (first published February 1st 2000)
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Michael Burnam-fink
This book is a decent enough, if a little tedious cyberpunk novel. The split narrative follows our heroine, Soledad, as a musician in the Central American anarchist cruce of Bamaca, and after its destruction, her new life as a refugee in the Oakland node, hanging out with much the same people. Foy has a gift for description, and there are some beautifully lyrical passages which balance out the slow plotting and passivity of the characters.

But my problem with this book is a more a problem with th
Dec 31, 2014 Ed marked it as gave-up
I find author George Foy to be an enigma. He wrote three novels with a nautical theme, that I found immensely entertaining. Asia Rip (1984) deals with the drug trade and starts at NYCs Fulton Fish Market; Coaster (1986) refers to a small coastwise freighter, this one succumbing to a disaster of suspicious nature; and,
Challenge (1988) about ocean-going yacht racing. After an 8 year hiatus, Foy reappeared with The Shift (1996) a Science Fiction novel about Virtual Reality that was interesting. Con
I am really digging this story. It is a welcome change to all the action packed sci-fi stuff that I usually read.
The narration is very descriptive and transporting with excellent character building. And the thing that I found very suprising is how disturbred I felt towards the end. There was something about the beautiful prose like writing combined with all the violence that was disturbing.
Beautifully written, and worth reading. However, I am more than a little tired of heroines who ultimately are passive players in a story that is written around them.
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