Forest of Memory

Forest of MemoryKatya 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 S Lives Have Value, After AllBut When Her AI Suddenly Stops Whispering In Her Ear She Finds Herself Cut Off From The Grid And Loses Communication With The Rest Of The WorldThe Man Who Stepped Out Of The Trees While Hunting Deer Cut Her Off From The Cloud, Took Her AI And Made Her His Unwilling GuestThere Are No Authenticities Or Captures To Prove Katya S Story Of What Happened In The Forest You Ll Just Have To Believe Her

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[Reading] ➻ Forest of Memory By Mary Robinette Kowal –
  • Kindle Edition
  • 92 pages
  • Forest of Memory
  • Mary Robinette Kowal
  • English
  • 11 March 2019

10 thoughts on “Forest of Memory

  1. says:

    Katya lives in a hyper connected world where everyone is always online and real time experiences are recorded, buffered and can be uploaded as desired and even sold.So when her connection to the net is jammed and she is abducted because she s witnessed something really strange, she s suddenly without the tools that she has relied on her whole life The story is told by Katya after the experience, and it s clear through her story how much she is used to relying on digital storage to augment her memory normally Her recollection of events is no different from that of someone from our own time, but she constantly expresses her surprise at how vague she s being, or when she doesn t have absolute recall of things like what she ate for a certain meal.The story is about this recollection What s actually going on is never revealed, although Katya has some wild speculation, and that s a bit unfortunate It makes the novella feel like part one of a larger novel dealing with AIs and corporations and conservation and potential anti AI action, and I really want to read that book But again, it s worth mentioning, this novella isn t about that stuff.It s an excellent story, told brilliantly, and I strongly recommend it The ending fits, but I d like to read the rest of a mosaic novel that this should be part of.

  2. says:

    This left me wondering.And I m still wondering.Gosh, I wish this was a bigger book, I would have loved to know Such intrigue and mystery I want

  3. says:

    Katya lives in a futuristic world where everyone and everything is linked to the web Her AI speaks in her ear and fills her vision telling her about the people around her, their histories, past business deals, and anything that could be of interest to her in her job as an Authenticities basically antiques dealer One day, on her way back from a purchase, she sees a man shoot a deer very illegal and realizes that her connection to the web has crashed, leaving her marooned in the real world with a potential maniac What s he doing and is she going to survive I see where Kowal was trying to take this novella, but it didn t really work for me She wrote as her narrator, trying to recount a story without the use of computers, which, in this world is particularly difficult as everyone in the future uses computers to remember anything, and shows her discomfort at her disconnected state by inserting misspellings and typos But, she didn t do this consistently it was just random enough for me to forget that she was using this device and say to myself, Typo and then remember that it was supposed to be there So, it turned into this annoying distraction.I was most interested in Katya s job as an Authenticities dealer, but, when Kowal moved the story off the grid, that essentially removed that element In this passage, Katya s analyzing a typewriter It looked to be from the mid twentieth century, though without picking it up or using my loupe, I couldn t confirm that The fine dust caked into the grooves around the base seemed real enough, though Most people who print fakes know enough to add dust to make it seem older, but they usually put it on too thickly and without regard for the use patterns of everyday objects pg 7, ebook The parts that I loved the most read like a futuristic Antiques Road Show, which would have been awesome if the story had continued along that vein.The novella reached for depths that it never really explored, but this passage caught my attention It feels like he wanted me there to bear witness, but maybe it was just an opportunity that presented itself because I stopped If I hadn t, if I had biked on through, would I have known that this was a cusp point in my life Probably not It makes you wonder, doesn t it, how many other cusp points you sail through in life without any awareness pg 11 ebook I do wonder about that Life seems to be a series of stumblings and fortunate events but is it really as random as it seems If you take one road, instead of another, does it even matter Aware or not, life unfolds I don t know What do you think What ruined this short read for me was that I didn t get the ending at all I essentially had to go back and read it all again, but then I still had a moment of Huh Katya describes my over arching feelings well There were so few things that made sense about the whole experience I m not sure why I expected events to suddenly appear orderly and rational now pg 25, ebook view spoiler And the deer blood What was up with that hide spoiler

  4. says:

    I enjoyed this novella short story very much a world where everyone is connected into the net, and normal goods like a boring old dictionary are incredibly coveted, for their status as antiquities We re left wondering what s actually happened to the main character, a woman abducted and held in the forest by a man mysteriously doing something or other with the deer or is she it s all a bit hazy, but it s welcome in this for the fun of being immersed in another world for a short period.

  5. says:

    For a short novella, I actually got surprisingly invested in this and didn t really realise until the end, where I was rooting for something A rescue, a redemption, something The sting in the tail of the story, while most of it was obvious to me, works well and adds to the meaning of everything that comes before it, which is exactly how stories should be written especially short ones.The setting of the story, while not revolutionary the whole idea of society being connected, of storing your memories practically in the cloud, of never being out of touch is done well, too not too obtrusive, and yet it permeates the story.The conceit of the typewriter and the typos, etc, just drove me a bit mad, though Nope, cannot be doing with typos, even on purpose, apparently But that s a personal peeve, probably driven by my editing work, and didn t get in the way of the story itself.In the end, I just wanted a little I wanted the why, and we got some of it, but I wanted the motives of people we didn t even meet in the story So of course it was limited by the narration, but But Gimme Originally posted here.

  6. says:

    If your memory isn t perfect, how can you know what is true How can you convince others that your experience of the world is truthfully reported I liked this brief little book that owes as much, or , to the conventions of mystery and suspense writing as the strictures of speculative fiction Kowal s novella imagines a world where technology has pervaded our bodies to an extent that being offline is an anomaly and where even our relationship to nature is imbued with connectivity What happens if someone decides to sever that invasive monitoring and let nature be itself There are lots of purposefully unanswered questions and a fresh take on narrative unreliability that I enjoyed immensely.

  7. says:

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed this very short novella It does a lot in a few pages but I was not satisfied with it in that I felt there was so much story to tell The author does a great job of pulling you in and building tension suspense but then the ending just wasn t satisfying.

  8. says:

    I picked this little book up at the library because I was surprised to see such a small book It s hard to get novellas published, but this looks like part of a novella series from Tor I m not a reader of SF so don t feel quite qualified to review this, but as a reader of short fiction, I was impressed.Set in the future, when technology is advanced and antiquities are high commodities, this is the provenance tale behind an old typewriter Katya finds and is preparing for sale She types this story on the machine, and it includes her typos A bit gimmicky for me as a proofreader, it drove me a bit crazy But I m all for woodsy stories, and as she gets abducted into the forest, there is a bit of thriller and mystery I won t spoil it, but I did find the ending seemed rushed and flat I would love to see this expanded into a novel, however The material and setting and characterization is all there But maybe the author doesn t know what is happening either, so she had to let it stand as is Still, I enjoyed it for its originality and brevity.

  9. says:

    Forest of Memory is a forgettable novella dealing with real memory vs technology assisted memory and how we remember events It was just an alright read that I wouldn t recommend to others The novella fails to deliver the ending in a way that makes the themes powerful Katya is a collector and reseller of antiques in the future In the future, antiques are anything that wasn t created by a 3D printer During one of her jobs, she loses her connection to the internet that is always on in her brain and gets kidnapped Her kidnapper is shooting deer in the woods but doesn t want anyone to know about it This is the first time that Katya has to rely on her actual memory instead of the constant recording that she usually could use when the internet is available For a novella that is so concerned with memory, it doesn t leave much in the reader s memory when finished.

  10. says:

    This is of a 3.5 read I liked it a lot, but the pacing could be slow There s a lot of interesting work about the idea of connectivity, memory, and verification I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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