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Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente
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Jul 11, 2012

liked it
bookshelves: novella, sf, taw-bookclub
Read from July 14 to 16, 2012

That was a very well written novella, but I'm afraid it left me a bit cold.

This story is about an AI who lives inside a person's dream world, and it's filled with beautiful language and intricate, surreal images. It's very inventive, and it feels like a work of art. But somehow the story failed to establish an emotional connection with me, and it felt like a bit of a chore to finish. I kept getting the human characters mixed up, which, given I'm seeing their entire world from the perspective of their inner selves, is a bit disappointing. The narrator AI was written well, but I can't say it told me anything new or thought-provoking about artificial intelligence.

I'm still glad I read it, and some parts were pretty to read, but I can't say it created a lasting impression. Ah well.

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