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 So of late I have read two things Sorry, two novels - I have read many other things, but this is about the novels.


I had fun with this book, pretty much mostly for the setting. I enjoy all those cyberpunk cliches like skin tight body suits, and lenses that put an augmented reality over your vision, and "jacking into the matrix", or whatever the words are for that in the trash cyberpunk book of the day, and throwaway mentions of cloned assassins grown in vats. On the other hand, the plot and the characters left something to be desired for me. My inability to keep a handle on the plot in my head was possible due to the fact that I read the book on very little sleep, but I also just couldn't really get a handle on the consequences of not succeeding. The main characters - Case and Molly...well, it really felt like the author was saying, "Here is your self-insert wish-fulfillment character", with Case, and "here is your fantasy girlfriend" with Molly, which is fine: I am not opposed to wish fulfillment fantasy, but when it's so obviously a fantasy intended for somebody who is not you (I, for example, am definitely not a young man with coding skills - this book was written for my brother), it feels a little bit like listening in on someone else's conversation.

I read A Wizard of 
Earthsea, a while ago, and promptly forgot everything that happened in it, but I as a general rule remember like a third of any novel I read. So I moved on to the second one, which my girlfriend lent to me because she loved it deeply as a child and wanted to share her cultural touchstone with me. Anyway, it absolutely lived up to expectations, being dark and sweet and delicately written and very very person. This is something I care a lot about - people writing otherworld fantasy that operates on a personal level. Because so much of fantasy goes straight for the whole "long journeys, great battles, world-ending struggle between good and evil" bit, and it's really really satisfying when somebody writes an internal story, in a small setting, on a small scale, and doesn't feel like they have to write a nations-spanning 600-page epic just because that's what Tolkien did. Anyway, it was a 150-page perfect gem of a book, and I loved it.
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