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Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
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really liked it
bookshelves: fun, novels, own-it

Mixed feelings about this book. It brings up a lot of super interesting issues and builds a fascinating future world. However, the simplistic and largely unearned character development and dialogue and human interaction, plus all the overt exposition isn't really my cup of tea, to put it generously, or to be more critical, those things make the book feel like a clumsy YA novel. Or maybe that's just how genre SF is and I never really noticed before? Or forgot?

I've been reading Newitz's journalism for about 20 years (or at least it seems that way) and I'm certain she's smart and knowledgeable. The book's science is good, and it asks the right big questions about the future. There's just something not quite "literary" in the writing, and maybe I'm asking too much, but that's what I keep looking for, some smart speculative fiction that's also decent artistically, that's literature.
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Reading Progress

March 28, 2019 – Shelved
March 28, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
March 28, 2019 – Shelved as: novels
March 28, 2019 – Shelved as: own-it
March 28, 2019 – Shelved as: fun
April 9, 2019 – Started Reading
April 13, 2019 – Finished Reading

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