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.
Mary Robinette Kowal
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"I'll just take a quick look at the Kindle sample," I thought. WRONG. I've never had a sample suck me in so thoroughly that I IMMEDIATELY hit the "Buy this now!" button. It's $2.99, and a novella, so not a big investment in terms of time or money, but, wow.
I have loved Kowal's work in the past, especially her short story Midnight Hour, but this one didn't quite work for me. The things we learned about the future world were interesting, as well as how memory was discussed, but the story keeps plot-related things so open-ended and mysterious that in the end I wasn't left with much.
The narrator lives in a future world in which people rely heavily on personal computers to do their remembering for them. In this future world copies of objects are easy to manufacture but there is a market for old goods made in the old fashioned way. She had bought a manual typewriter expecting to sell it to a wealthy person but encounters an enigmatic hunter who disables her memory device. She eventually escapes and tells her story on the typewriter she had purchased.
Readers who are annoyed by typo's might complain about this book because it is supposedly an exact transcript of what she wrote on the typewriter, errors and all.
The narrator is well portrayed and the ending is certainly surprising. But there is enough there. I never got to know the woman or the hunter very well.
It is only a one hour read so it isn't very cost effective.
It was somewhat interesting to view her world and the dilemma she faced but it was all a bit thin.
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