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2.87  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Alex Irvine's Anthropocene Rag is a Huck Finn-meets-Willy Wonka tale of a United States overwhelmed by and remade by renegade nanotechnology ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Tor.com
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William Brownridge
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If The Wizard of Oz and Blade Runner sat around a campfire telling tales, chances are they'd eventually tell you Anthropocene Rag.

A seemingly random group of six people are given golden tickets to Monument City, a mythical creation somewhere in an American landscape that has been devastated by ecological disasters and a mysterious technology that can create and destroy however it sees fit. Led by an A.I. that is starting to have thoughts of its own, the group
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Nicki Markus
Anthropocene Rag has proven a difficult book to review, because I am still not sure how I felt about it. Essentially, I loved the premise and the idea of an AI bringing together a group of people, and there were moments of great humour and fun. However, at the end, I was left asking myself what it had all been about. I also found the narrative voice a little off-putting at times. That said, this book did offer something new and different, and the concept behind it was fresh and fun, so I am ...more
Ernest
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a lot going on in this western mythos infused post-singularity-apocalypse-nanotech-travelogue. And it's all good. Anthropocene Rag, gives a new spin to each of those genres, putting them in a blender to come out with something interesting and unique, and because it's Alexander C. Irvine writing it, it's fun to read too.

After AIs emerge and rewrite America with nanotech, it's as though the inside of our collective heads is now on the outside, walking around in fluid instances from
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Jeff Cosmi
In a word, different. Im not sure if this was good, I know it wasnt awful, but I know it wasnt that good. The story was all sorts of random and nonsensical weirdness. I found myself let down at the end I wanted to know more about their destination, however I suppose its about the journey not the destination. Ex-Machinas were used through out but honestly it was just that kind of story. ...more
Taylor
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did we not show you the reverence due a creator? We made ourselves not in your image but in the image of your stories.

This new (? Or new to me) subgenre of nihilistic American dystopias (cf. The Mandibles) is really fascinating. This is the kritik of the US I want to read forever: insightful, cutting, and beautiful.
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
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This was... bizarre, for lack of a better word. That isn't a bad thing! It's just how it is. As a whole, there were a lot of things I enjoyed about this one, and a few things that left me wanting more (or wanting to understand more, perhaps). So let's break them down!

The Stuff I Liked:

In is unarguably unique. I mean, can I even explain this? It is quite simply like nothing else I have
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Hannah L
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Review of Anthropocene Rag by Alex Irvine

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This novella is described, right on the cover, as being part Willy Wonka and part Huckleberry Finn, and let me say, that description is exceedingly accurate. Its a description that, at face value, I feel like I should enjoy, but ultimately this sci-fi dystopian novella about magical realism and robots left me wanting more.

About 90% of the novella follows six people from across America as they make their way to a city in the Rockies that has become
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Greg Chatham
Mar 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
I don't normally provide this caveat because I think reviews should speak for themselves. But I received an advanced review copy of this book, and I eagerly await its publication. I'm sure there will be people who really like it and maybe the Internet can tell me what I'm missing.

At first I thought what I was missing was the rest of the book. I've re-read the last chapter a couple times now, and the book just stops. The characters reach their destination and that's it. I get the idea (AI
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Hannah Bennett
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
When I read the synopsis for Anthropocene Rag, months ago, I was so excited to get my hands on this book. Dystopian setting, roaming monsters, sentient AI, religious themes-- these are things I love most in speculative fiction!

To say that I'm beyond bummed that this book didn't work for me is an understatement. There were so many characters following so many storylines and so many different narrative voices throughout the book. Ultimately, I think the sheer number of characters and storylines
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Stephanie Biek
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Alexander C. Irvine is an American fantasist and science fiction writer. He also writes under the pseudonym Alex Irvine. He first gained attention with his novel A Scattering of Jades and the stories that would form the collection Unintended Consequences. He has also published the Grail quest novel One King, One Soldier, and the World War II-era historical fantasy The Narrows.

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