Forest of Memory
But when her A.I. suddenly stops whispering in her ear she finds herself cut off from the grid and loses communication with the rest of the wo ...more
This one is only 85 pages. An afternoon read with a cat.
So, continuing my policy of no spoilers, I will tell you that this is SF, and that it immediate ...more
So when her connection to the net is jammed and she is abducted because she's witnessed something really strange, she's suddenly without the tools that she has relied on her whole life. The story is told by Katya after the experience, and it's clear through her story how much she is used to relying on digital storage to augment her m ...more
The setting of the story, while not revolutionary — the whole idea of society being connected, of sto ...more
Outstanding novelette of a not-too-distant future. Excellent storytelling. Kowal weaves an increasingly tight web of mystery and suspense drawing the reader into her logical but unsettling climax. Love the cover art.
“Have you tried to do this? Have you turned off your Lens, turn ...more
I have her most recent novel, Ghost Talkers, on my to-read list, as well as Word Puppets, a collection of her shorts, b ...more
Set in the future, when technology is more advanced and antiquities are high commodities, this is the provenance tale behind an old typewriter Katya finds and is preparing for sale. She types thi ...more
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...more
I received an egalley of this novella from the publisher for review. Thank you to Tor.com Publishing! This review is my honest opinion. Forest of Memory will be released on March 8, 2016.
In Forest of Memory, Katya deals in Authenticities and Captures: finding, authenticating, and selling items of the past, items that others desire because they are unique and laden with history and experience ('wabi-sabi'). Katya is in the habit of Capturing experiences - perhaps a recording of utterly quiet...more
Some people found an anti-technology message in this story. I really don't. It just asks some important questions about a technological society: how much are we willing to trust our memories, our records to technology? what happens when the c ...more
This was rather a frustrating novella for me, since I liked the characters and style of writing, and the world while largely only hinted at had well imagined tech. It felt like there was much more to ...more
Ted Chiang has already written about infallible, artificial memories in his novella The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling with the focus on how such memories help to make wise ...more
That's really all I can say. Nothing is settled or established, and it seems as though the author wanted to end it with a knowing smile. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Elbowing me in the side and going, you see what I did there?
I do, I did, but I wanted more. Our narrator went on tangents that were a little annoying when I wanted more meat--more explanation!
A small story about an abduction told by the victim, a truly unreliable narrator, who’s incapable of recalling crucial facts without her uplink which normally records everything.
This is more of a sci-fi story which I wasn’t quite expecting, and I’m fine with that. My issue was there was lack of description for this world and character’s positions. Even when things were explained, I was still perplexed.
Kowal had this unique writing style, and I found it fascinating how she wrote from the main character’s perspective as if s ...more
Mary Robinette Kowal takes the idea of memory and its fallibility as her central theme in this novella, and pairs it with the ever-fascinating ideas of narrative, and unreliable narrators, and their motivations.
Kowal's narrator lives in a world of permanent connection, through her intelligent system, and a world of permanent life-casting - ideas that have a strong hold on the world of science fiction writing at the moment. I was strongly ...more
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