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The Alchemist by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Mar 06, 2012

really liked it
Read in March, 2012

In a world where magic has a price - each act of magic creates a "bramble" - a poisonous growth of nettles that take over land and kill people, the Alchemist thinks he has figured out a way to stop the brambles. But, of course, there are never really easy answers. The use of magic = bad things happening to other people, is a thinly disguised metaphor for the way we are polluting our world, but it's an enjoyable, quick read. Looking forward to reading the related work (Executioness by Tobias Buckell).

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