I finished this months ago but I never posted a review because I had too much to say and now it's been too long, so I'll just try to say a little. I lI finished this months ago but I never posted a review because I had too much to say and now it's been too long, so I'll just try to say a little. I loved it. I loved the mix of fantasy and science fiction, of mythology and philosophy, of religion and culture. I thought it was very topical (still) and important in many ways with Arab Spring and ongoing upheaval in the Middle East, and still very easy to read and enjoyable, which is exactly the kind of story I love the most. I can't plow through heavy and dark and distressing books. I've said it before, but if Oprah likes it, I probably won't even consider it. But I love to learn while I'm reading. But this would (and was) a great book club book, there's a lot to talk about, there are huge amounts of discussions in the book about morality, religion, obligation, choice, small details and big picture issues but it's done in a way that you can stop and dwell on it or you can keep reading and move on. I really enjoyed learning about the Middle Eastern culture where the book was placed (the city wasn't a real one), including learning some things that I should have known already, like that a marid was a real thing. It never occurred to me when I read George Effinger's When Gravity Falls, and the rest of the series, to look up the main character's name. It matters, wish I'd known. The food in this book was amazing, don't read this book if you're hungry, or at least don't look up the foods you're unfamiliar with, you'll be longing for them too. She did such a great job of creating the scenes, the overall cultural picture, even when it was eating from somewhat grimy food carts in the city streets. Or walking in the desert. Or sitting alone in a cell in the dark trying not to go insane. She's great at painting the mental pictures. She must be if I can remember it months later, my memory is awful. I just really enjoyed the mix of mythology, technology, magic and philosophy that this book presented. It was so smart and creative and really thoughtful and it made me think a lot too and deeply enjoyable ways. I think it should appeal to a wide range of people and I hope it continues to do so....more
Just terrific, smart, funny sci-fi/fantasy adventure. The characters don't always do as expected, make mistakes, and have a lot of heart. The way theJust terrific, smart, funny sci-fi/fantasy adventure. The characters don't always do as expected, make mistakes, and have a lot of heart. The way the author makes his crazy combo of hacker technology concepts and traditional mythology tales come together is always creative and interesting, very clever. The traditional pull between chaos and order in the stories adds another level of thoughtfulness. And Ravirn's heritage through the lines of Fate and Slapstick keep the laughs coming.
All that being said, it really is the characters' hearts that holds it all together. The love in the friendships is genuine and touching. The Fury's love for their mother is true. Ravirn's admiration for Persephone is sweet and gentle. Even his relationship with his ex rings true with anger, regret and tenderness. Through all of the exciting adventure, near-death (and sometimes actually death) experiences, bad jokes, ironic humor, hacking and cracking, all enjoyable features, it's the genuine warmth that I remember most. Ravirn is that classic reluctant hero, pulled from childhood into responsibility, and despite his fears and reservations, he really tries to do the right thing. Watching how he, as a clever but snarky kid and as a chaos power, does it is always entertaining. ...more
I just really liked this book. My comments say a lot:
"I've been wanting a refresher in Norse mythology, fun!" "This series is a great intersection ofI just really liked this book. My comments say a lot:
"I've been wanting a refresher in Norse mythology, fun!" "This series is a great intersection of sci-fi/cyberpunk and fantasy. Fans of both should try it." "I just like books that make me think or learn a little without making it a chore. Fun." "Can Loki ever really be the good guy? Ravirn is, and he's kind of the equivalent."
It's a smart, action-packed adventure with great characters, a fascinating premise and creative use of history and literature. The basic concept of fate vs. chaos continues to be intriguing. The conflict between Odin and Loki exemplifies this and really made me think a little. It does have quite a cliffhanger ending, something I've seen a few complaints about. I didn't find it unusually abrupt for a series. It was clear throughout the book that eventually Ravirn would have to go back to his MythOS, but I'm glad that further adventures in this setting are in store for us as well. It left me eager for the next book, as intended, especially because it's unclear where Melchior is at the very end. It doesn't actually say that Ravirn picked Melchior up. I'm worried!
Read it last year and just remembered it because I picked up another book by the author. I remember clearly that I didn't love it and had expected to.Read it last year and just remembered it because I picked up another book by the author. I remember clearly that I didn't love it and had expected to. It's in the vein of singularity books that I usually enjoy. But there were some weird character choices and I just didn't get the end. I liked the cat though. ...more
Very good. Lots of action and very original concepts. I'm very into mythology being brought into modern stories right now, à la Percy Jackson, so theVery good. Lots of action and very original concepts. I'm very into mythology being brought into modern stories right now, à la Percy Jackson, so the timing was just right for me. If you like cyberpunk with adventure and humor, this is for you. It probably really deserves 4 stars, but I'm just not as much in the mood for action right now. Not that character development was neglected, just a tiny off of my mood is all. Hasn't stopped me from starting book 3! ...more
Terrific. Great premise - the Greek gods are still around. When computers were developed the Fates began using them to do their work. One of their graTerrific. Great premise - the Greek gods are still around. When computers were developed the Fates began using them to do their work. One of their grandchildren, Ravirn, is asked to debug a program for Atropos that will remove free will from humans. He doesn't want to do it, adventures ensue. Looking forward to reading the next 2 in the series that are already published. Books 4 and 5 have been contracted, according to the author's website....more
Brilliant. Entertaining. Smart. Complex. Sometimes crude and violent, but not without purpose. In fact, not a word is without purpose. Imaginative sciBrilliant. Entertaining. Smart. Complex. Sometimes crude and violent, but not without purpose. In fact, not a word is without purpose. Imaginative sci-fi based in a traditional mystery format and a vivid exploration of human nature.