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2032 by A.S. Anand
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bookshelves: science-fiction

I read the short 2032- 7 Days by this author as a prelude to this & I have to say that I think that really worked out for the best. It gave me a taste of the format & a glimpse of the world of 2032. The story is told in fifty short stories/vignettes from the perspective of as many different people. It's a broad look at a society that is everything from farcical to downright horrific but throughout is quite interesting. When trying to review the whole there really is no way to explain it in usual terms as it's not a story told that way. I do wish there were chapter titles (or sub-titles) so that it would make for simpler differentiation. The dates are not terribly memorable & I found that I began ignoring them altogether just to get on to the next story. Quite a few of the stories made me wish for greater expansion on the characters & I wanted to know what next happened to them & while I was of course, left to want & wonder, that is the way this work is told. I accept it & must admit that I found that as intriguing as the shorts themselves.

I would advise reading the short collection of 7 stories in 2032- 7 Days first to really get a feel for what the author is doing in this longer work & if it suits you or compels you to want to know more, then move to this one. Also, there are some typos sprinkled throughout which disturbed the flow a bit (I've seen worse though). I can see how this way of story telling isn't for everyone but I found it refreshing & very entertaining.
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Reading Progress

July 8, 2012 – Started Reading
July 8, 2012 – Shelved
July 9, 2012 –
10.0% "so far, so good. i like the format but worry that i won't be able to recall cohesive details as each chapter has a new set of characters & there are 50 chapters."
July 11, 2012 –
50.0% "this is definitely a story told in a different way & i like it. some stories are a bit too random, with little to no explanation & others are more vivid & deeply detailed. either way, i'm left wanting more."
July 16, 2012 – Shelved as: science-fiction
July 16, 2012 – Finished Reading

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