Book Review: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (Five Stars)


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Five Stars

“We don’t need better emotional communication from machines. We need people to have more empathy.”

The Two Cultures meets American Gods.

“Sometimes I wish I was crazy, it would make everything easier.”

The final war between magic and science happens in San Francisco. Seriously good fiction about magic, science, love and machines. Oh, and the end of the world.

“Children are adults who haven’t learned to make fear their hand puppet.”

Excellent character development and plotting. Drew readers in without boring us with four years of magic academy. Philosophic reflection over egoistic sensationalism. A really good read. 2017 finalist novel for Hugo Award. A contender.

“The only thing that will make such power bearable is to remember how small you are.”

Lots of talk about aggrandizement. Okay, none of us should think it’s all (good or bad) due to, because or about me. On the other hand, that’s no excuse for not doing whatever you can.

“There is something perverse about buying a device … in the hope that it would make her more social.”

Figured out Caddies before either protagonist. You will too.

“The most basic thing of ethics is being aware of how your actions affect others, and having an awareness of what they know and how they feel.”

Maybe magic and science shouldn’t be at war.

“It’s always too soon. Until it’s too late.”

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