Memory



❮KINDLE❯ ❅ Memory Author Linda Nagata – E17streets4all.co.uk A quest, a puzzle, and multiple lives On an artificial world with a forgotten past, floods of silver rise in the night like fog, rewriting the landscape and consuming those caught in its cold mists Se A quest, a puzzle, and multiple lives On an artificial world with a forgotten past, floods of silver rise in the night like fog, rewriting the landscape and consuming those caught in its cold mists Seventeen year old Jubilee knows that no one ever returns from the silver but then a forbidding stranger appears, asking after her beloved brother, lost long ago to a silver flood Could he still be alive And why does the silver rise ever higher, threatening to drown the world Jubilee pursues the truth on a quest to unlock the Memory of a past reaching back farther than she ever imagined.Memory

I m a writer from Hawaii best known for my high tech science fiction, including the near future thriller, The Last Good Man , and the Red trilogy, an intersection of artificial intelligence and military fiction The first book in the trilogy, The Red First Light, was a Nebula and John W Campbell Memorial award finalist, and named as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of My newest series is the far future epic, INVERTED FRONTIERThough I don t review books on Goodreads, I do talk about some of my favorite books on my blog and those posts are echoed here So I invite you to follow me for news of books and many other things You can also visit my website to learnabout my work, and to sign up for my newsletter.

Memory eBook ò Paperback
    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader ever higher, threatening to drown the world Jubilee pursues the truth on a quest to unlock the Memory of a past reaching back farther than she ever imagined."/>
  • Paperback
  • 396 pages
  • Memory
  • Linda Nagata
  • 08 October 2019
  • 1937197123

10 thoughts on “Memory

  1. says:

    This book had such a complex world that I was not only fascinated but I never really knew what was coming But if a child should ask, What is the silver the answer might take many forms It is a fog of glowing particles that arises at night to rebuild the world It is the memory of the world It is the dreaming mind of the wounded goddess and you must never go near her The silver in this book is entirely different from what we would call silver Silver rises at night to varying levels and it This book had such a complex world that I was not only fascinated but I never really knew what was coming But if a child should ask, What is the silver the answer might take many forms It is a fog of glowing particles that arises at night to rebuild the world It is the memory of the world It is the dreaming mind of the wounded goddess and you must never go near her The silver in this book is entirely different from what we would call silver Silver rises at night to varying levels and it destroys everything in its path Sometimes when the tide of silver draws back, it leaves behind things called follies I was never clear on if these were random objects that were created or if they were memories of things that had existed in the past, although I favor the latter definition These follies leave everything vulnerable to random rearranging Actually, I m not sure how people ever traveled because they would have random roads that led to nowhere and you never knew for sure if the road you were used to following would still be there, or be unblocked Somewhere along the way these things called kobolds were invented to help keep the silver back These are small insect like mechanics and they came in an incredible variety of styles.And all of that is the easiest stuff to explain There is so much about this book that you discover along the way and I m so afraid of revealing anything that might be a spoiler Your knowledge of the world gets layered on as you go until it resembles phyllo dough because there s so much that you learn.Jubilee s character seemed young to me throughout the book She was 10 at the start so this made sense, but later on it really did seem a bit odd that she didn t have the feel of an adult This was the only false note to me, though For the most part it was completely fascinating and I was glued to the pages

  2. says:

    I love Linda Nagata s books and this one was no different Mind blowing ideas and incredible SF world building One of the best female writers in the genre hands down.

  3. says:

    Jubilee lives in a strikingly bizarre world, in which silver mist arises from the earth to kill living beings, remake non living matter, and bring random buildings and even entire empty cities back from the past Because the silver tends to destroy written records, the people are very vague and confused about their history, though they have a high degree of poorly understood technology They also have some extremely odd customs regarding sex and love people can only marry or, apparently, ha Jubilee lives in a strikingly bizarre world, in which silver mist arises from the earth to kill living beings, remake non living matter, and bring random buildings and even entire empty cities back from the past Because the silver tends to destroy written records, the people are very vague and confused about their history, though they have a high degree of poorly understood technology They also have some extremely odd customs regarding sex and love people can only marry or, apparently, have sex with their one true mate, as determined by genetic testing which turn out to be based on even odder biology.When Jubilee is a little girl, her brother Jolly claims to have called the silver right before he vanishes into it forever Years later, a man walks out of the silver, which no one should be able to survive, and asks her where her brother is, before walking back into it Jubilee begins to investigate the possibility that Jolly could still be alive, and that some people can survive the silver.The first third of the novel, which appears to be hard sf set in a world whose inhabitants think they re living in high fantasy, is a fascinating farrago of strangeness and mystery, with such intriguing worldbuilding that I wasn t bothered by the thin characterization The rest of the book, which sends Jubilee on a roundabout quest and introduces an irritatingly powerful and insufficiently motivated supervillain, doesn t live up to the promise of the earliest sections.I had hoped that all the weirdness would come together in a coherent explanation of the secretly sfnal origins of the world, and that it s all virtual reality would not be the explanation There is an explanation, but one which only covers a small portion of all the peculiarities view spoiler It s not it s all virtual reality, but it s not complete enough to be truly satisfying Or maybe it IS it s all virtual reality I didn t really understand it I really wanted to know what was up with every person s blood, and presumably other bodily fluids, being deadly to everyone but their destined mate I assumed it was some sort of deliberate engineering, but to what purpose And were people really always attracted to their one true mate, or was it just such a powerful social idea that it usually worked Annoyingly, this was never addressed.I also never figured out whether the reincarnation had some sort of sfnal explanation, or not hide spoiler

  4. says:

    This was the first book I ve read by Linda Nagata purchased in a book bundle and it s very impressive It s a real sleeper, a book that deserves farattention and awareness than it has gets.Memory is a top notch effort of creative world design Original and logically consistent, it successfully merges fantastical ideas with just enough science to make the fantasy like elements seem rooted in the real world without any technological geek outs to bore those disinterested in hard science T This was the first book I ve read by Linda Nagata purchased in a book bundle and it s very impressive It s a real sleeper, a book that deserves farattention and awareness than it has gets.Memory is a top notch effort of creative world design Original and logically consistent, it successfully merges fantastical ideas with just enough science to make the fantasy like elements seem rooted in the real world without any technological geek outs to bore those disinterested in hard science The level of world building here is very reminiscent of books like On and Stone by Adam Roberts The world s structure could be explained in fantasy terms magic , but the deeper you get into the story theit becomes apparent that there is high tech at work And even while the characters are themselves attempting to solve the riddle of how their world works, Nagata wisely never takes us the full way to an explanation This world is an enigma, the narration from the characters points of view, so we are noin the know than are they And even though the plot comes to a definite resolution, the riddle of the world s true nature remains a mystery to the characters and reader.The characters themselves are written quite well, the action is well paced, and the plot is fascinating All in all an excellent read.My biggest complaints about it arethe title and eBook book cover Both of which are uninspiring Had I not purchased the book along with a dozen other books, I never would have paid any attention to it The story deserves a better,ahem memorable title and cover Really worth reading

  5. says:

    I ve long thought Linda Nagata a hidden gem in modern sf Her first novels delighted me, especially the inventive Vast Memory is a fine example of Nagata s skills It offers rich and surprising world building along with empathetic and fiercely challenged characters It s accessible yet never easy, and ultimately moving and memorable.The plot well, without spoilers, I can say that it involves a quest to understand a peculiar world Our heroine is born on a ringworld of sorts, where a terrifying I ve long thought Linda Nagata a hidden gem in modern sf Her first novels delighted me, especially the inventive Vast Memory is a fine example of Nagata s skills It offers rich and surprising world building along with empathetic and fiercely challenged characters It s accessible yet never easy, and ultimately moving and memorable.The plot well, without spoilers, I can say that it involves a quest to understand a peculiar world Our heroine is born on a ringworld of sorts, where a terrifying silver cloud remakes the landscape and easily kills people People are all reincarnated, learning skills and memories from their past lives as children This hits us with a sneaky opening paragraph, where the narrator describes her favorite blanket from when she was a kid, and how it had nice stars on it echoing some stars in the sky And then the third sentence of the novel For if there was no Heaven, I reasoned, then the dead would always be reborn in this world and not the next, no matter how wise they became in life.We re wrong footed right away, while caught up in a child s mind Powerful opening move, and Nagata never wavers from that zone of strangeness and intimacy Swiftly she suffers a terrible loss, then another, and grows into her ah, I ll stop there Part of the pleasure of Memory is exploring its world.I can add that it plays with the border between science fiction and fantasy, engineering and spells, legends and virtual worlds, deities and archivists Relationships arise and twist And there s a fun shout out to a classic hard sf novel that inspired this one 223.Now for spoilers view spoiler The end is heartbreaking, as the main love interest is shattered not only for this life cycle, but for all time And the father, unlike Jolly, never comes back Most of the population has been killed We re told at once point that this world was broken, along with the goddess who made it We are all condemned to a cycle of death and birth and terrible loneliness that can be stopped only by a final great flood of silver 214 Yet the finale leaves open little room for hope.So why are people players Was the world a game, a kind of MMO set up to run itself At one point Jolly, who seems to have special knowledge, observes that All of us, we are like the kobolds We all have configuration codes 253 I ask in part because of the compulsions layered over players, so that Jubilee feels attracted to Kaphiri His warmth stirred in me a corrupt desire 368 , who killed her father and manyhide spoiler Well, I welcome comments of fellow readers, and commend Memory

  6. says:

    It seemed to take me forever to finish reading this book I don t know why, exactly, as the story was pretty interesting Maybe I m just distracted due to all the world events or maybe it was the writing style But, on the plus side Interesting and original world building There was a dog On the minus side I didn t really connect to any of the characters besides the dog Dry writing style

  7. says:

    OK, the world building is pretty cool The setting is a ringworld orbital where things have gone Terribly Wrong A long ago war damaged the habitat, and the construction and maintenance nanoassembler fogs the silver , have become a menace to the players, their mechanics cool hi tech machines and their homes The only safe places to live are temple complexes around kobold wells the temple kobolds, small programmable mechanics, exude a sweet smelling silver repellent.It s a pretty neat set OK, the world building is pretty cool The setting is a ringworld orbital where things have gone Terribly Wrong A long ago war damaged the habitat, and the construction and maintenance nanoassembler fogs the silver , have become a menace to the players, their mechanics cool hi tech machines and their homes The only safe places to live are temple complexes around kobold wells the temple kobolds, small programmable mechanics, exude a sweet smelling silver repellent.It s a pretty neat setup, an appealing combination of a half understood high tech background, a likeable heroine, a nasty villain, and a Quest So I was having a good time until along about page 200 or so, I started realising that nothing much had happened for awhile, except that the Evil Villain and or his minions was chasing the heroine and or her Faithful Friends, and always with her Cute Doggie through varying landscapes, over and over again I m sorry to report that this is pretty much what happens in the rest of the book The ending s pretty soggy, too For Nagata fans only 2.5 stars

  8. says:

    You know I ll probably bump this down to 4 stars after the rush of reading it fades, but until then holy crap was this a great book Young Jubilee lives in a world where floods of silver malfunctioning nanotech reshape the world every night Stability can only be found on hill top settlements When a silver flood claims her brother, she assumes he is lost forever, but then, seven years later, a stranger arrives searching for him If you like your SF to take you to strange and weird worlds, t You know I ll probably bump this down to 4 stars after the rush of reading it fades, but until then holy crap was this a great book Young Jubilee lives in a world where floods of silver malfunctioning nanotech reshape the world every night Stability can only be found on hill top settlements When a silver flood claims her brother, she assumes he is lost forever, but then, seven years later, a stranger arrives searching for him If you like your SF to take you to strange and weird worlds, then Memory is the book for you

  9. says:

    This is basically a quest story But the nature of the quest morphs as the story moves along At first young Jubilee sets out to recover a lost brother However, as she learnsabout the Silver , she finds that she, her brother, her lover , and a few other players have a seemingly impossible task They in fact must try to save their world It is a tough road for a 17 year old.The world of Memory seems infused with magic However, as the story progresses, it becomes apparent that it is m This is basically a quest story But the nature of the quest morphs as the story moves along At first young Jubilee sets out to recover a lost brother However, as she learnsabout the Silver , she finds that she, her brother, her lover , and a few other players have a seemingly impossible task They in fact must try to save their world It is a tough road for a 17 year old.The world of Memory seems infused with magic However, as the story progresses, it becomes apparent that it is magic in the vein of Clark s third law and that the world Jubilee inhabits is in fact artificial view spoiler , and a nanotech system basic to that world has gone awry hide spoiler.This story is set in the same universe as Nagata s Nanotech Succession series but is unrelated to those stories According to her blog, it looks as if the story lines may come together in her next book which is now in progress Good book with an interesting and slightly surrealistic feel

  10. says:

    The only thing keeping me from choosing 4 instead of a 3 was the ending too abrupt, even with a short epilogue Otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed the story.The concept of the silver is what intrigued me to pick this up used at a March of Dimes fundraiser and I was happily surprised by how quickly it sucked me in.The world Jubilee lives in is inhabited by human like players who share their ring shaped world with a strange substance called silver which some believe to be the leftover remnants of The only thing keeping me from choosing 4 instead of a 3 was the ending too abrupt, even with a short epilogue Otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed the story.The concept of the silver is what intrigued me to pick this up used at a March of Dimes fundraiser and I was happily surprised by how quickly it sucked me in.The world Jubilee lives in is inhabited by human like players who share their ring shaped world with a strange substance called silver which some believe to be the leftover remnants of the creation of the world by their goddess This silver transforms what it touches and any creatures, player or animal, are taken by the silver, never to return It rises in the night and in places hidden from the sun, and the only refuges are temples where special wells produce the kobolds that exude a special scent that keeps the silver at bay Anyone traveling outside the safety of the temples is at risk when night arrives, as even being on high ground is not a guarantee of sufficient protection once the silver rises from the ground to fill the low lying areas.The silver is both a destructive and a creative force, as while it takes the animals or people it touches, when it touches other things it can leave behind something wondrous in its wake, like precious minerals or beautiful follies The silver is the saviour and bane of Jubilee s world without it, they would perish as the silver is what provides the sustenance for the kobolds, tiny nano esque creatures which produce practically everything her civilization needs But the silver rises in cycles, and in Jubilee s time, the silver is threatening to flood the world and end all life.When Jubilee is young, her brother Jolly is taken by the silver A mysterious stranger with the apparent ability to survive the silver visits her home several years after Jolly is taken and this sets off a chain of events where Jubilee must journey far from home and withstand truths that shatter her worldview in order to save her plant and the players on it.The world is fleshed out very simply, but the story doesn t requirethan what Linda Nagata gives us You immediately begin to see clues of this world s origin Jubilee calls her people players rather than people person humans, your first clue I was drawn in by the mysteries of Jubilee s world and eagerly kept reading so I could discover along with Jubilee and her friends exactly what was going on.The author paints a vivid portrait of the world that I could see clearly in my mind s eye A few things learned were a bit abrupt, but as this is first person from Jubilee s perspective, you are learning things just as she does and perhaps that was intentional.It s billed as a coming of age story, and it is, but that s not all it is My only disappointment was the ending I felt it was a bit too abrupt and left you with unanswered questions Otherwise, a very enjoyable and quick read

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *