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All the Birds in the Sky

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    Could be 4.5 stars may­be, even 5 for some­one who was more in­­­to this kind of thing.

    Of course the com­­pli­­cat­ed part there is, what kind of thing is this?

    * De­but nov­el, with the ex­pec­t­ed over­­growth of ran­­dom ideas that could be awe­­some in a sep­a­rate book.

    * Pup­py love.

    * Apoc­­a­­lypse.

    * Mag­ic vs. Tech­nol­o­­gy (the mag­ic sys­tem could use a bit more de­­tail, the tech sys­tem, if that is even a thing could al­­so (where did the 2 sec­ond time ma­chines schemat­ics come from?)

    * Love­­ly writ­ing

    Did I men­­tion that Tech­nol­o­­gy here feels more like a sep­a­rate school of mag­ic than what we IRL un­der­­s­tand as tech­nol­o­­gy? In some oth­­er book (Wear­ing the cape, may­be?) I read about a sort of su­per­heros/­­su­pervil­lains called "Verne" who were able to cre­ate ran­­dom "tech­no­log­i­­cal" giz­­mos and ma­te­ri­als that de­spite look­ing sci­ence-based were in fact to­­tal­­ly im­­pos­si­ble for nor­­mal peo­­ple to re­pro­­duce. That's how some of the "tech" things in this book ap­­pear to work, and I think it makes the book slight­­ly more in­­ter­est­ing to me: it's a book about a war be­tween two mag­i­­cal fac­­tion­s, where one of the fac­­tions does­n't know what they do is mag­ic.

    All in al­l, very solid, en­ter­­tain­ing book.