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For Want of a Nail by Mary Robinette Kowal
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Sep 01, 11

it was ok
Read in August, 2011

This Hugo-winning short story has a decent premise, but unfortunately its short length works against it. If it had been fleshed out into a novella, and excised some of the mystery that I suspect Kowal considered more charming than it actually is, I might have been more engaged. Instead, we get some sketchy characterization, an innovative and emotionally stirring use of artificial intelligence that doesn't get explored well enough, and an ending that feels a bit arbitrary. I hope to read more of this author's work, ideally in a setting where she can more fully realize her ideas.
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