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Forest of Memory
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
27 posts | 24 read | 31 to read
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 peoples 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 Katyas story of what happened in the forest. Youll just have to believe her.
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Sweetkokoro
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Mehso-so

Impulse pick at the library again, and frankly it wasn‘t all that great. It‘s 85 pages long and didn‘t get really interesting until 40ish pages in. And then the end didn‘t really conclude or explain anything. It had some thought provoking moments but overall was just kind of bland.
Impulse read 10pts 1 pt participation =11pts
#wintergames #elfies

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Pedrocamacho
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Pickpick

I picked this because I was excited to read Kowal‘s Hugo winner (The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel) and I figured that the queue at the library would be months long; I wanted to try a book of hers. I‘m glad I did. It‘s a fun story delivered in very few pages. BTW, anyone have a report on The Calculating Stars?

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RiaWritten
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Pickpick

The first in the library stack has already been read! This was a really interesting little sci fi story. But I was left with a lot of questions.

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sakeriver
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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There‘s a lot packed into this story for how short it is. The central theme is, I think, about how technology affects the human experience, which is a big topic but this never feels didactic. The story hums along, the prose very well-crafted, with a lot of nice little touches that speak to another of its themes: authenticity. I liked it. Made me think a lot, afterwards.

DrexEdit I've read some of her short stories. I quite like her writing! 1y
sakeriver @DrexEdit I‘ve read the first of her Glamourist Histories novels, SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY, and liked it quite a bit. 1y
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sakeriver
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Next up.

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tournevis
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Argo bookstore still exists! This (with The Word, which I don't know if it's still open) is a great Anglophone used bookstore in Montréal. They we're bought by new people last year and it's now a clean hole in the wall. On Sainte-Catherine. I bought two things, tagged and Gilman's Herland.

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missevievelyn
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Pickpick

LOVED this!! Book 5 of #24in48. Thanks so much to @xicanti and @Lacythebookworm for suggesting I read it next!

Lacythebookworm Yay! 😊 2y
xicanti Excellent! 2y
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missevievelyn
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Getting sleepy and it‘s only 6PM 😴😅 #24in48

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AshleyKorinE
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Pickpick

A short story set in a science fiction setting of a future world where everything is attached to a network. The main character is a kidnapping victim who collects antiques and authentic things and resells them, she was taken for 3 days, or off the network for 3 days. She‘s typing out her experience on an old typewriter for a client and trying to explain the disappearance of deer in the area. It was odd, I don‘t know the end game but I enjoyed it.

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Beachesnbooks
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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I totally forgot to post this on the 9th, so here is my belated #quickreads post for #anditsaugust . I've been really into novellas lately, as it's a fun way to sample an author's work and also tends to work well during readathons, so here are some novellas I'd recommend! @RealLifeReading

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StaceyKondla
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Pickpick

I read this one cover to cover this afternoon. It is a strange little novella that explores a big theme, the fallibility of memory vs remembering with the aid of technology. Which is the real experience? What "really" happened to Katya out in the woods? It was unique with an interesting format for the narrative.

Megabooks 😎😎 3y
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LuLeeBelle
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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At my Soon-To-Be Sister in Law's bachelorette party a few of us actually brought books along "just in case," including myself. Needless to say we're all Wild gang.

Reviewsbylola I took a couple books to @emilyhaldi 's bachelorette getaway! We were there three days and I woke up at least two hours before everyone else so I had more reading time than I expected! 3y
emilyhaldi Lol, needless to say I did not partake in any reading at my bachelorette party 😂 @Reviewsbylola 3y
Reviewsbylola Yeah I assume you didn't even bring a book! @emilyhaldi 3y
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volatilestatic
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Pickpick

Weird but good. A nice, short read.

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clconn17
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Pickpick

Interesting short story. It makes you ponder some things like, Is it dangerous to get to dependent on technology? And if we are so connected all the time, does it take away our ability to use our mind and senses?

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Beachesnbooks
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Day 9 of #aprilbookshowers is AI; these four books featured AI in really interesting ways. @RealLifeReading

RealLifeReading Oh I didn't know the Forest of Memory had AI in it! 3y
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Lacythebookworm
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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What happens when the AI you count on to record your memories is disconnected? Loved this novella and the implications it poses for the future. 🙌 #artificial intelligence #aprilbookshowers

LauraBrook This was such a good story! I'm still thinking about it, months later. 3y
Prairiegirl_reading Sounds fascinating! 3y
Lacythebookworm @LauraBrook Have you read anything else by the author? 3y
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Lacythebookworm @Prairiegirl_reading It is! It's short so a nice one to pick up after a long read! 😊 3y
LauraBrook @Lacythebookworm I read another short story like this, and I've owned the first of her magical realism series for years but haven't read it yet. You? 3y
Lacythebookworm @LauraBrook No, this was my first. The Glamourist Histories don't sound like they're in my wheelhouse, but I might try Ghost Talkers. 📚😊 3y
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Lacythebookworm
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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I visited an independent bookstore a few towns away and scored some great titles! And they have a frequent buyer program! 📚😍

Soubhiville Oh, great score! The Sparrow was amazing! 3y
Lacythebookworm @Soubhiville I've heard such great things! I can't believe it's taken me so long to read it! 3y
Moray_Reads Really like outline and I love that cover 😍 3y
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Annl Frequent buyer points is great! 3y
Lacythebookworm @Moray_Reads I'm looking forward to it! Glad to hear it was a pick for you 🙌 3y
Lacythebookworm @Annl Yes! It's great to be rewarded for spending money 😊 3y
silentrequiem The Sparrow is amazing! 3y
Daisydo I love a good rewards program. Enjoy. 3y
Lacythebookworm @silentrequiem 😊I think I'm going to love it! 3y
Lacythebookworm @Daisydo Yes! 📚😍📚 3y
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Lacythebookworm
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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I visited an independent bookstore a few towns away and scored some great titles! And they have a frequent buyer program! 📚😍

Texreader I guess you will be "frequenting" it! ?? 3y
Lacythebookworm @Texreader You're probably correct on that! 💸💸💸 3y
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EmilyAnne
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I've recently discovered a love for short stories and novellas, and this quick little read did not disappoint! In a future where we're always connected, how much can we trust our own memories? I'll be thinking about this one for a while 🤔

Libby1 Beautiful photo! 3y
DebinHawaii Sweet! 🐱❤️ 3y
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ReadingRover
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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So excited for these two tor.com books that I picked up today at Book Riot Live! Plus check out this cool tor.com pint glass I got free!

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Beachesnbooks
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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An interesting and mysterious little science fiction novella set in a future where we are constantly connected to AI and social media, and what happens when a woman's connection is severed for a brief period in the woods. Really liked how it ended.

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Beachesnbooks
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Hoping I can sneak in one more book before I get too sleepy. This one's a novella, so hopefully I can stay awake! And it'll be my third book of the day involving AI, which is very weird and totally unplanned.

WOCreads Yay for novellas!✊📚 3y
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SEDMitchell
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Great little book about technology and memory. The kind of technology described seemed so plausible for a near-future setting. It also made me appreciate more than usual the feel of the books in my library and the beauty of the deer that wandered into my yard today.

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LauraBrook
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Wow. Not sure what I was expecting, but this slim little book sure packs a wallop. I won't spoil anything here, just say that if this looks even slightly intriguing to you, pick it up and enjoy the hour or so it takes to read. Wonderful stuff! My first Kowal and nowhere near my last.

[DELETED] 3216391035 I'm intrigued.... 4y
LauraBrook @Basia At 80-some pages, you should check it out! My library has this shelved under SF (which is both SF and Fantasy), and it seems to fit that pretty well (though I'm a newbie to the genre, so what do I know). 4y
[DELETED] 3216391035 @LauraBrook just requested from the library! (& btw, given the library tag in your pic, we share a library system!) 4y
LauraBrook @Basia No way, awesome!!! 😎 I like our county library system, and I feel so lucky that there are so many libraries to choose from! 👍🏻📚📚👍🏻 4y
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SEDMitchell
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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A visual capture of my commute reading material. Sending it online for future memory recollection.

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Ann
Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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This book is an account of an abduction, but so far, it's really about a future with an extremely-evolved Internet; how easily we come to rely on technology (*cough, cough* Google) and distrust our own memories.