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All the Birds in the Sky

av Charlie Jane Anders

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When Patricia Delfine was six years old, a wounded bird led her deep into the forest to the Parliament of Birds, where she met the Great Tree and was asked a question that would determine the course of her life. When Laurence Armstead was in grade school, he cobbled together a wristwatch-sized device that could send its wearer two seconds into the future. When Patricia and Laurence first met in high school, they didn't understand one another at all. But as time went on, they kept bumping into one another's lives. Now they're both grown up, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who's working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world's magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world's every-growing ailments. Neither Laurence nor Patricia can keep pace with the speed at which things fall apart. But something bigger than either of them, something begun deep in their childhoods, is determined to bring them together. And will.… (mer)
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I wanted to like this. I really did. I am familiar with CJA's work for io9 -- her columns on movies, fiction and the State of SF brightened many a morning. And, with the opening chapters of this book, I thought I was on to a winner -- a book like Lev Grossman's "The Magicians" which took the "child magician" phenomenon, looked at it coolly, and in the context of other pop culture phenomenons, did something interesting. I even liked the absurdities -- the unnaturally abusive parents, the "Dotheboys Hall" schools, the unrelenting attentions of the mean kids -- not fun, but very appropriate for a fairy tale, and who said fiction was always supposed to be fun, anyway?

But once Delphine (the apprentice magician who will save the world) and Laurence (the apprentice nerd who will save the world) have grown up, I found their further adventures dreary and very difficult to care about. ( )
  maura853 | Jul 11, 2021 |
science fiction/fantasy (magic superscience doomsday love). ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Well this was a bit of a delight. Coming-of-age story morphing into magic vs science love story, and full of wisecracks. Satisfyingly tied up with no promise of a sequel. ( )
  adzebill | Jul 1, 2021 |
Oh man, I had so much fun listening to this book...it's all I wanted to do all week. It was wacky, silly, sad, sweet...in ways that maybe shouldn't work together, but I was all there for it. I loved the Roald Dahl-esque childhoods, the imperfection of the characters, the balance of fantasy and sci-fi. Once all the destruction got rolling by the end, I wasn't entirely convinced this was necessarily fiction--superstorms, politicians that refuse to come together even if it means saving humanity, etc. It gets almost a bit too bonkers by the end with the warring magic vs. science worlds, but I like how Anders tied it all together. I just feel all warm and fuzzy now and am looking forward to reading more. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
Plot:
Patricia discoverst that she has magical abilities when she is just a child, while Laurence has an uncanny way with technology. United in being outsiders in their school, the two become friends. But their friendship doesn’t last. It is only when both are adults that life or maybe fate pushes them together again. It appears it is up to them to stop the end of the world. Or maybe to bring it about.

All the Birds in the Sky is a wonderful mix of magic and technology with great characters. In short, it’s a really great read.

Read more on my blog: https://kalafudra.com/2019/09/19/all-the-birds-in-the-sky-charlie-jane-anders/ ( )
  kalafudra | Jun 7, 2021 |
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"You never learned the secret,” said Roberta. “How to be a crazy motherfucker and get away with it. Everybody else does it. What, you didn’t think they were all sane, did you? Not a one of them. They’re all crazier than you and me put together. They just know how to fake it. You could too, but you’ve chosen to torture all of us instead. That’s the definition of evil right there: not faking it like everybody else. Because all of us crazy fuckers can’t stand it when someone else lets their crazy show. It’s like bugs under the skin. We have to destroy you. It’s nothing personal."
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When Patricia Delfine was six years old, a wounded bird led her deep into the forest to the Parliament of Birds, where she met the Great Tree and was asked a question that would determine the course of her life. When Laurence Armstead was in grade school, he cobbled together a wristwatch-sized device that could send its wearer two seconds into the future. When Patricia and Laurence first met in high school, they didn't understand one another at all. But as time went on, they kept bumping into one another's lives. Now they're both grown up, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who's working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world's magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world's every-growing ailments. Neither Laurence nor Patricia can keep pace with the speed at which things fall apart. But something bigger than either of them, something begun deep in their childhoods, is determined to bring them together. And will.

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