Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal – Review


Published: March 8, 2016


Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 88 (Paperback)

My Rating: 3.0/5.0




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’s 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’s story of what happened in the forest. You’ll just have to believe her…

Have you ever bought a book that you thought was a full length novel, but ended up being a novella? Well, this girl officially has! I didn’t think about checking the page count, I just knew that I liked the cover and wanted to read it, so when I actually got it I was a bit surprised. It was so wee and cute and when it arrived, I could have practically used it as a slightly too large bookmark for the other books I got in the same box.

Anyways, it took a grand total of about two hours (probably less) to read it. It was weird, but I liked the story and I wished it were longer so more details could have been squished in. I haven’t read much in the way of novellas, so am not really sure how to judge this numerically. Forest of Memory was unusual from the very beginning, and then it was unusual until the very end. While I liked it, I kept wanting context or to know why or what something was. Yes, I know that novellas are short and often give us the barest glimpse into a fictional world, but seriously, YOU CAN’T JUST TEASE ME LIKE THAT! I will say that I definitely want to read more of Mary Robinette Kowal’s books now, so I guess it was a success in that respect.


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