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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.

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