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Air by Geoff Ryman
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Sep 05, 2009

really liked it

It's really not fair to call this science fiction, and it comes with heavy literary images and concepts. Our protagonist is forced to shepherd her tradition-soaked little mountain village somewhere between europe and asia towards technological modernity. Insert beatiful explorations of the clash of cultures and the inevitability of change and progress, add some believable near-future sci-fi media/internet/communication extrapolation, and you have this book. I enjoyed this early, but thought the "points" came across a bit heavyhanded towards the finish, and there's a "suspend disbelief" request in the second half that I just could not explain away. Mostly good main characters to follow, and I especially enjoyed the email-only chapters, they really picked up the pace. I had this book on my to read list after first spying it on a "literary sci-fi" list and of course due to the amount of awards and nominations it received. No regrets here, highly recommended.

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