Forest of Memory

Forest of Memory

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Katya deals in Authenticities and Captures, trading on nostalgia for a past long gone. Her clients are rich and they demand items and experiences with only the finest verifiable provenance. Other people lives have value, after all. But when her A.I. suddenly stops whispering in her ear she finds herself cut off from the grid and loses communication with the rest of the world. The man who stepped out of the trees while hunting deer cut her off from the cloud, took her A.I. and made her his unwilling guest. There are no Authenticities or Captures to prove Katya story of what happened in the forest. You'll just have to believe her.
Publisher: New York :, Tor, published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC,, 2016
Edition: First Tor Edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780765387912
Branch Call Number: F KOW NVD
Characteristics: 88 pages ; 21 cm


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fineplan Dec 22, 2016

The author created excellent mood to the story and character voice. However, while there was a clever aspect to the ending, overall things were too vague to satisfy me.

LPL_EliH Sep 26, 2016

The story zips along with an impressive balance of suspense and thought provoking world building. Kowal deals with some interesting questions, and overall this is a solid little story, but it feels more like an overgrown short story, lacking the developed substance of a true novella.

Sep 18, 2016

This scifi novella, in which a woman is abducted and deprived of her usual technology, could have been a horror story, but Mary Robinette Kowal focuses on the sci-fi implications: how technology puts a screen between us and the world, documents and supplants our own memories, and leads us to fetishize a certain type of authenticity. The twist and the end was intriguing, and the brevity of the book made it a wonderful lunch break. I'll look for her other books.

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