I read this book because of the portrayal what the future may look like. And it delivered. There was wearable clothing and contacts that connect you tI read this book because of the portrayal what the future may look like. And it delivered. There was wearable clothing and contacts that connect you to everything, as long as you know how to use it, as with any technology. When you are “wearing” you get an overlay information and graphics onto the real world, gain extremely easy access to the internet and communication (like silent text messaging), as well as let you be virtually anywhere. This future also had medical cures that brought people back from devastating diseases and nearly everything else. The main character was cured from Alzheimer and his skin and body was rejuvenated to a young man’s. Oh, and this future has self-driving cars that no one seems to own.
What I didn’t expect is the main plot based around something I deal with in my work at a university library, the clash between digital and print books and journals. Our protagonist Robert Gu stumbles into being involved with a group of old/new guys that tries to stop the destruction of REAL books in order to digitize them. The library in question was UC San Diego's Geisel Library. They had a huge vacuum that would suck in the books at an incredible speed, cut the books up like a tree shredder while digitizing at the same time. The pieces would then be seamed together by a program. Multiply library shreds would insure the loss rate was low. So yeah, how much do you destroy print for having online access?
The exploration of what our future could possibly look like was interesting, but much of the story was muddled by excessive futuristic jargon that it was difficult at times to really understand what exactly was going on, particularly during the high-action moments. Some of the technology was explained and much wasn’t. Since our main character Richard had “awoken” to this new world he had to learn how to “wear” and learn all about this new future world, so the plot device was there to tell the reader all about the technology, but it was poorly used and the reader is left confused.
The writing overall wasn’t all that great considering that it won many awards including a Hugo. Yeah it was interesting, but the poor writing got in the way of this being a really great story. I’m not even sure I would have finished the book if the plot wasn’t about saving the books from being destroyed. (view spoiler)[And sadly that was only delayed by a few days at most. (hide spoiler)]
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A fun, humorous book written for kids. The title got me to check this out, yes from a library. It's about a young tomboy teen girl, Eleanor "PeeWee" wA fun, humorous book written for kids. The title got me to check this out, yes from a library. It's about a young tomboy teen girl, Eleanor "PeeWee" who tests the limits of what a woman can do in the pre-Jazz era, as she works on cars with her brother. After the local public librarian "checked out under the card catalog" a cohort of library school students show up in the small town to interview as her replacement. Since they come from wealthy families the fathers bribe the town council with library improvements if they just hire their daughters. The women decide to share the job, and pay, so the council doesn't have to decide which one is best. The second half of the book is about cars and a local race, so it's an odd mix of topics in this short book. It's an interesting tale for young girls to prove they can do whatever they want, which is definitely more evident today than in the 1910's.
To end, with the engraved gravestone of the old stuffy librarian:
Electra Dietz 1851-1912 Shhhhh Here lies the Librarian After years of service Tried and true Heaven stamped her Overdue
PS: There are some problems with book, the worst being the "historical" aspects were not accurate....more