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The Memory of Fire

3.15  ·  Rating details ·  27 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Some memories can never be forgotten....

In a dark and not-so-distant future, whole populations are addicted to virtual sensation -- and vast bureaucracies are using deadly force to rid themselves of troublemakers. Within this world, small, self-contained communities -- called nodes, or cruces -- live in an anarchistic freedom that threatens organized society. This is the w
Paperback, 480 pages
Published February 27th 2001 by Spectra (first published February 1st 2000)
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Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
About halfway through the book I started to wonder what the point of the story is. The narrative shifting back and forth was interesting, and the juxtaposition of the two locales is kind of cool, but ultimately it was a story without a purpose. At the very, very end there was a hint of why the events are important in this book's universe, but it came way too late for me to care. As much as I'd like to see if this story fits into a bigger picture with the other books in this universe, I really ca ...more
Michael Burnam-Fink
Mar 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2015
This book is a decent enough, if a little tedious cyberpunk novel. The split narrative follows our heroine, Soledad, as a musician in the Central American anarchist cruce of Bamaca, and after its destruction, her new life as a refugee in the Oakland node, hanging out with much the same people. Foy has a gift for description, and there are some beautifully lyrical passages which balance out the slow plotting and passivity of the characters.

But my problem with this book is a more a problem with th
Oct 03, 2013 marked it as gave-up
I find author George Foy to be an enigma. He wrote three novels with a nautical theme, that I found immensely entertaining. Asia Rip (1984) deals with the drug trade and starts at NYCs Fulton Fish Market; Coaster (1986) refers to a small coastwise freighter, this one succumbing to a disaster of suspicious nature; and,
Challenge (1988) about ocean-going yacht racing. After an 8 year hiatus, Foy reappeared with The Shift (1996) a Science Fiction novel about Virtual Reality that was interesting. Con
Sep 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I am really digging this story. It is a welcome change to all the action packed sci-fi stuff that I usually read.
The narration is very descriptive and transporting with excellent character building. And the thing that I found very suprising is how disturbred I felt towards the end. There was something about the beautiful prose like writing combined with all the violence that was disturbing.
Sam Splade
Feb 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
Went nowhere. Story could of been told in 1/4 of written words.
Beautifully written, and worth reading. However, I am more than a little tired of heroines who ultimately are passive players in a story that is written around them.
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