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  1. says:

    This is one weirdass book A good kind of weird but it definitely isn't for everyoneAll the Birds in the Sky transcends genres refusing to find its place anywhere is it sci fi? Paranormalfantasy? Dystopianalternate world? Magical realism? In truth it's some of all of those A uirky and strange blend of science and magicI can't really liken it to anything else which makes reviewing hard but is ultimately a huge compliment I love to be able to say I have never read anything like this and I have definitely never ever read anything uite like this Damn I don't even know how much I should say about itThe story follows two characters Patricia who is a witch and Laurence who is the epitome of a science genius building his own two second time machine in middle school Strangely though the rest of this world feels like contemporary realism with Patricia's witchiness and Laurence's genius defining them as outsiders and causing them to be bullied and punished by their parents We stay with Patricia and Laurence through their childhood which is why this is sometimes being labelled YA and into their adult life Behind it all there lingers the creepy Mr Rose a shadow across the novel His unsettling presence brings a darkness to the story as we long to know what he wants from our protagonistsStylistically the book feels like magical realism weaving elements of fantasy and sci fi into everyday life I can't uite decide if it's about science vs nature or the intrinsic overlapping of the two so I'll let you be the judge but it is an interesting tale about the power of both nature and science wrapped up in a surface story of witches and climate change Like I said weirdPatricia as a witch who can talk to animals is an embodiment of nature Laurence as a technological genius is an embodiment of science These two seem like complete opposites and yet their lives are forced together often at their reluctance For a shortish novel All the Birds in the Sky is packed full of interesting ideas and symbolism as well as a nice little nod toward the idea that the fate of the world lies in the hands of the rebels the outsiders the nonconformists It has an almost epic feel to it Strange but compelling I would recommend this to readers who are looking for something differentBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Pinterest

  2. says:

    I hated this bookIf you want the epic rant read on but beware profanity and spoilersview spoilerThe writing was shitty It was wildly uneven and trying WAY TOO HARD to be relevant to an ironic hipster Internet crowd which really doesn't exist except in liberal website comment sections and people's political rant blogs and if I have to read about another eco friendly locally sourced vegan hole in the wall restaurant that our characters go to pick up their overpriced coffees while the world is crumbling around them and they know people dying in refugee camps I will screamThe story was shitty It utterly fell apart in the second half Nothing made sense When the terms superscience and doomsday machine are used by characters than once I know this shit's going to be bad The magic wasn't any better either I think it wanted to be Brakebills IT WASN'T The story is supposed to be somehow I guess I can't really tell about how Patricia and Laurence are fated to either end the world or save the world when they grow up But it sure does spend a lot of time on these two things Patricia I want to ease people's suffering but my toxic asshole friends won't let me because I'm a nice person but everyone's convinced me that I'm actually the most egotistical person in the world despite all evidence to the contrary Laurence I have a successful career in science saving the world with gobs of money while skydiving but wahh my beautiful girlfriend is drifting away and every time I see Patricia I notice the dimples on the backs of her knees or how perky her small but big during sex breasts are and then they just spend a lot of time falling in and out of friendship and love with each other because clearly their interpersonal train wreck is important than the 17 billion people at critical famine levels p 279 and the fact that a bunch of people including family members and friends died in a superstorm that devastated the country p 226 Oh and the fact that both of them have pledged themselves in their respective disciplines to fix this problem But instead we get a sex scene where we are left in no doubt whatsoever about the state of Laurence's pubes AND their problems just get fixed with massive deus ex machina moments because OF COURSE a main character accesses unheard of magical talents at the critical moment to destroy the doomsday machineBut wait there's The not so bad people will become evil and try to destroy the world with a robot And then the other not so bad people will ALSO become evil and try to unravel humanity WHY WON'T THIS STORY JUST EFFING STOPThe characters were shitty Our main characters are soulsucking helpless waffling dipshits shoved into a shitty romance with each other The side characters were heartless assholes like abusive parents we'll lock you in a room for a week and slide your food under the door because this is clearly the best way to motivate a 6 year old to succeed in life school bullies horrible friends who want to police your self esteem and tear you down an assassin bent on killing children at least one authority figure who sees an abused naked boy in a closet and does the euivalent of yawn and look away This is p 110 actually and he waved then went back to looking at his phone with a bored expression on his face and all those other people who could have had compassion for hurting children and a hurting world but didn'tIt was shitty and I hated it hide spoiler

  3. says:

    IndestructibleOr to put it in milder terms I just got ran over by a mac truckThis novel is just too important to miss whether or not you're into SF or Fantasy because it is both It's a long and delightful and REAL conversation between the two a heartfelt exploration and a synthesis a heartbreaking tale and a true wonderment of fictionI guess I kinda liked itIt's a lot than a magical realism novel and it's no experiment There's nothing unreadable about it and it doesn't have tons of clever word adornments From the start we're thrown into a futuristic society and a world full of fairytale or birdlike magic and we follow Laurence and Patricia in a long entwined tale of eual proportions and dialogue their uneasy alliance their estrangement and finally their enduring loveThis is all about us the readers too Science Fiction and Fantasy have gone through rough patches denigrating each other running from each other saying spiteful things to each other but in the end we're so much alike than anything else can be in the universe So whether you're a cyborg or a wizard know one thing We Are All The Same and We Are LovedDid I say this was a true book? It goes way beyond just this dialogue I feel the heart of it pumping and changing the universe It's my New Favorite Book and it's not so much strange and powerful as it is deeply and profoundly hopeful and by everything that's holy I appreciate thatI bawled tears of joy and horror people No joke I sat in my chair and couldn't read from all the sobsFrom the very start the first hook I knew I was going to want to savour this novel and I did I'm likely going to re read it many times and be filled with amazement and hope and joy even as I cringe at the young years or feel the Fear coming for the adult years It's brilliant and if there's any justice in the universe this novel needs to be one that EnduresAnd by the way this is already on my Hugo Picks for 2016

  4. says:

    One of the best books I have read in ages easily in the top three I've read this year

  5. says:

    All the Birds in the Sky is a trove of near misses and reads like a low budget bad action flick Among its flaws the book contains characters who lack depth children who talk like adults forced romance and a hollow plot lacking substance

  6. says:

    What a wildly imaginative delightful novel I had no idea what to expect from this book but I was just thrilled with this book from the beginning to the end Patricia and Laurence who meet each other as kids and develop a friendship of convenience that becomes much by the end of the novel are wonderfully drawn characters I love how fully fleshed out the felt There is a beautifully written scene between them toward the end of the novel that is worth the price of admission The plot sort of collapses at the end and the magic of the world doesn't fully make sense but that's okay This is still one hell of a book Definitely check it out

  7. says:

    I didn't want to finish this but I wanted it to be over A short book but every day the Kindle would taunt me with the slow progression of %86% 90% 94% I would groan and sigh every time I went to pick it up There was no way to remember what was happening because every chapter was so different and so weird There was very little continuity huge time jumps and no cohesion of location meaning I never knew exactly when or where the charaters were They said get lost in a book I was just lost An odd mash up of magic sci fi and dystopia I really couldn't tell what this book was trying to be I thought maybe I would come around if it had a good ending but it kind of just fizzledThere are certainly some out there who would like this book but I cannot say who for sure so I am unable to officially recommend it to any demographic

  8. says:

    Self awareness paradoxically reuires an awareness of the other A magical savant a super genius the world on the brink of eco apocalypse possible ways out or are the solutions as dangerous as the problem? and young love What’s not to like? Laurence Amstead is your basic pre ad tech genius indulging in minor projects like inventing a two second time machine you can wear on your wrist and developing a chatty super computer in his spare time He is beset of course by the usual school bully sorts Patricia Delfine has similar issues based on a different way of being different Seems she can understand what animals are saying birds in particular She also manages a nifty bit of astral projection to follow a particular bird to a particular god like if delphic tree that gives her a riddle Fortunately they both attend the same school Patricia tries to engage her fellow outcast but he gets dickish on seeing her gift and wastes the chance at a connection Thankfully he thinks better before long and and extends a hand The usual sort of stupid parents see Laurence's social struggles at school as his fault rather than the result of a hostile environment and exile him to a cartoonishly awful military academy Charlie Jane Anders from SF WeeklyThere is a particularly dark hearted guidance counselor at their school who seems to have it in for both of them although it is not entirely clear why He persuades Patricia that the special tree wants her to do something dire Patricia is offered a chance to attend this book's version of Hogwarts But the offer comes at a price She will have to go immediately leaving Laurence in a bad situation What’s a young witch to do?The story soon time warps ahead a decade plus Patricia is part of a family like witch pod Lawrence has been recruited by a super rich visionary with big plans The two groups personify the magic vs tech conflict fantasy coming up against sci fi The clash is set against the backdrop of a world that is falling apart or rather one that has been abused to the point of apocalypse Where the wand meets the wormhole is in their different approaches to how to deal Then there is the relationship between the adult well somewhat adult PL Will they line up on opposite sides of the impending crisis? The on again off again nature of their connection continues which complicates things They take on some larger philosophical uestions made less theoretical by the tech notions on display things in our world are just the shadows of things in other places” Laurence said forming the thought as he spoke “I mean we always suspected that gravity was so weak in our world because most of it was in another dimension But what else? Light? Time? Some of our emotions? I mean the longer I live the I feel like the stuff I see and feel is like a tracing of the outline of the real stuff that’s beyond our perceptions” “Like Plato’s cave” Patricia said “Like Plato’s cave” Laurence agreed “I don’t know” Patricia said “I mean we’re grown ups now Allegedly And we feel things less than we did when we were kids because we’ve grown so much scar tissue or our senses have dulled I think it’s probably healthy I mean little kids don’t have to make decisions unless something’s very wrong Maybe you can’t make up your mind as easily if you feel too much You know? There is a lot of creativity on display here particularly with the farther out tech elements and the softer edged magical bits This was probably a gimme given the author's previous main gig as a founder of io9 a website about science fiction science and futurism It is only one of her many activities Anders left io9 to dedicate herself to novel writing in 2016 Her stories have appeared in a range of sci fi and fantasy sites and publications and story collections She has a Hugo award for her novelette Six Months Three Days Definitely check out her site for detail on her prior work The imaginary bits are definitely a strength although I thought they fell a bit short in the logic of their tactical application The primary limitation was the YA ness of a story billed as adult It feels perfectly appropriate for there to be a YA tone in the early part of the book as the characters are pre ads But once they were grown up at least physically it felt to me despite the deadly tech being tossed about the body count and the sexuality of the characters that the YA feel remained Characters do engage in meaningful consideration of moral choices but they do that as pre teens as well so that did not represent that much of a change There was one hanging chad here that seemed to have readers in a tizzy Patricia has a cat that was left out of the proceedings once she skips from heading off to witch school to being all grown up Enough readers raised this that Anders wrote a story to patch up the gap You can catch Clover on torcomOverall I was impressed with the creativity and energy of All the Birds in the Sky combined with the eagerness to take on some big subjects but was not as impressed with the relationship elements as they continued to feel 8 bit when 128 bit was called for Still a fun read It probably helps to be a teen or millennialReview posted January 6 2017Publication date January 26 2016EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author’s tumblr page There is a lot there Anders’ io9 site is definitely worth checking outThere is a lot of good intel on Anders in her wiki page

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    San Francisco never stopped astonishing Lawrence wild raccoons and possums wondered the streets especially at night and their shiny fur and long tails looked just like stray cats unless you look twice Skunks nested under people's houses Is there any magic left in the world? Magic to heal and provide hope Has it been completely upstaged by technology fallen into a meaningless oblivion? How far can technology go? Where does its contribution to society stop and the potential dangers begin? Let's try to find the answers in beautiful San Francisco through the eyes of our protagonists Patricia a witch and Lawrence a tech geniusTo begin with I need to say that I am really really tired of the latest trend of parents being horrible I am actually positively fed up seeing fathers and mothers being cruel and heartless because they don't understand how special their children are I don't like the message communicated through novels and I don't believe that this is a way to create a better or believable story turning parents into great obstacles the lead characters have to surpass or defeat in order to succeed I am sorry for the rant but I see this and in Contemporary Literature and it's beginning to disturb meHaving said that I could feel those cute five stars approaching before I reach 50% of the bookIn a not so distant future Science and Magic choose to fight against each other in a foolish attempt to restore balance to a world that is slowly dying Patricia and Lawrence have been struggling for years to come to terms with their uniue abilities fighting against hopelessness against their unsupportive families and many times against themselves This is the premise around which this wonderful story is constructedThis novel had been waiting in my TBR for uite a long time I had read some positive reviews some rather dishearteningly negative ones but stubborn as I am I wanted to see what the fuss was about and I grasped the chance to start it for a group reading I didn't expect to love it so much I confess I am not so fond of the first short part of the story where we see our couple as children and teenagers but once they reach adulthood the story really comes alive I wouldn't classify it as YA again I don't have much experience in the genre but for me the writing the characters the story are mature well composed and very very excitingThe writer has created a world where technology has taken the reins where robots and humans are of eual importance but in truth machines of all sorts and kinds are slowly acuiring precedence So we're in dire need of some magic here And magic happens in a story that could have very easily become too cold and distant too sci fi and gadgety There are beautiful urban descriptions of San Francisco atmospheric and vivid there are talking birds many owls people There's even a Twin Peaks reference There is life and beauty and love Some descriptions are raw and sharp however like a knife in the heart The bleak perilous environment of the big city The darkness and isolation And then the chaos that breaks out and brings disaster to the world Floods shortage in even the most common medicines diseases famine violence deathDon't think this is a dark depressing read Well it is at times but there is also a distinct element of humour centered on our stubborn protagonists Elegant and smart faithful to every day speech On the other hand the writing completely changes tone in the most terrifying harrowing moments when we're close to witness the world's end It becomes dark ominous raw and perfect I was impressed by the function of the Caddy in the story It's a gadget that aims to help people form a better life one that would be compatible with their choices and preferences They customize their profiles and it customizes their lives an ideal example of how technology rules over society in the novel Although I admit that Patricia and Lawrence should have listened to their Caddies carefullyAh Patricia and LawrenceYou'll love these two Patricia is a witch who uses magic to bring whatever kind of happiness she can to save and soothe She punishes the ones whose acts reuire punishment She is a Healer that talks to animals and they provide company and help But sometimes it is too lateLawrence is a tech genius who aspires to make the world better without ignoring that it is ill used technology that will bring disaster I loved their relationship It's tender and loyal and awkward something we would expect from two people whose absolute priority is their talent In fact forget all the previous To put it clearly and shout it for the world to hear Lawrence and Patricia are one of the most beautiful wonderful well matched and every positive adjective you can imagine couples we'll ever meet in a bookYou may find this novel boring if you aren't all that interested in the cyber world and technology in general You may find it too perplexing and confusing Give it a chance nonetheless As far as I'm concerned I believe it is a book that depicts the concerns and fears of today's world successfully Is the human race threatened by the hungry greed that almost always comes with progress and power? I'd say that any book that makes you think and search for whatever answers may exist has completed its job and And we shouldn't forget that even the darkest times were washed away when people acted in unison free of any prejudices and retained hope against all odds Perhaps we should remember this from time to timeAnd just out of curiosity what would you be? A Trickster or a Healer?Also Kit Harington for Lawrence's part if the book ever becomes a film because of reasons

  10. says:

    Unbelievably stupid and I loved every minute of itGuaranteed lessons on how to become a bird and a witch ice cream loving assassins part timing as school advisors inside perspective on suet and AI magic school nerds bullying Plus a healthy dose of the Absurd enough to induce a very strong feeling of déjà lu I'm slowly getting a feeling that half the books I read were written by one writer Even though their names say they aren'tI really love how Patricia's life is focused on how one would go about their life before and after the magic school How these ualifications might help and hinder themDo you think the occasional witch burning helps to weld society together? c“A society that has to burn witches to hold itself together is a society that has already failed and just doesn’t know it yet”He wouldn’t trust this military organization to defend a candy bar cCome here bird I only want to bite you cI don’t think there are bears in this forest And if one attacks us you could try talking to it сPatricia vowed with all her heart to do everything in her power to save this bird This was what led to Patricia being asked a uestion with no good answer which marked her for life c“Captivity is worse than death for a bird like me” the sparrow said “Listen You can hear me talking Right? That means you’re special Like a witch Or something And that means you have a duty to do the right thing Please” c“Hello” she said And thank all the birds in the sky she sounded like just another bird gossiping cSo have you decided to start nesting in the trees like a sensible person? cSo if Patricia could speak bird and understand bird and identify with a bird she’d just met why couldn’t she be a bird?“uickly” she said to her new friend “Teach me how to be a bird” c She pictured it in her mind’s eye and let it inside her so it became like her own experience cShe felt colder than ever but the exertion of flapping her wings warmed her a little and her friend told her where they could find a bird feeder With suet in it Suet was just the thing on a night like this She had her whole life ahead of her including unlimited suet This was excellent cYou did not want Patricia’s mom mad at you because she got mad for a living and was really good at it cYou nearly scared us to death I swear you must think my time is worthless You’ve made me blow a deadline for a management productivity analysis cBelinda Delfine had been a gymnast and her own parents had put several oceans’ worth of pressure on her to excel at that—but she’d never understood why gymnastics needed to have judges instead of measuring everything using cameras and maybe lasers She’d met Roderick after he started coming to all her meets and they’d invented a totally objective gymnastics measuring system that nobody had ever adopted cYou don’t really want to eat a sandwich after your door has had the first bite but if you get hungry enough you will cLaurence knew who he was and what he was about but the world refused to recognize cPeople who told you to “think fast” were always those who thought much slowly than you did c jumping forward in time just underscored the basic problem Laurence had nothing to look forward to c“I am unflappable” Laurence told the bus driver Who shrugged as if he’d thought so too once upon a time until someone had flapped him cThe trees along the highway seemed to slow down as the bus passed alongside them then sped up again A kind of time dilation cHe had conuered a small piece of time and they were conuering a small piece of space You celebrated the small victories and you dreamed of the big ones to come cOn the long drive home Laurence tuned out his parents explaining to him that life isn’t an adventure for chrissake life is a long slog and a series of responsibilities and demands When Laurence was old enough to do what he liked he would be old enough to understand he couldn’t do what he liked cSeven years had passed since some birds had told Patricia she was special She’d misplaced herself in the woods over and over until she knew by heart every way to get lost Laurence thought the two women in smart pumps and nylons were life coaches who were coaching each other creating an endless feedback loopThe lingerie store had a cryptic warning about the Miracle Lift Theodolphus wound up banned from the Cheesecake Factory for life That tends to happen when you thrash around and foam at the mouth in a public place while groping in the crotch of your cargo pants for something which you then swallow in a single gulp They’re always terrified someone will notice them and they’ll have to explain themselves“Children” said Theodolphus Rose “are adults who haven’t yet learned to make fear their hand puppet” He smiledWorst of all was when Theodolphus had to give advice about puberty something he had never personally experienced People threw snowballs with gravel in them at Patricia’s head but she didn’t bother to turn and look—that would just be presenting a better target cThe school was half empty and the snow kept blinding her through the windows It all felt like a weird dream Patricia felt sure this was a dream The pale world the empty school—she was still in bed with Berkley She was in an upright coma for the rest of the day cThe school janitor refused to go near it on religious grounds—nobody knew what religion he was exactly and he wouldn’t say cWhat was worse being crazy or being evil? cIf they had given standardized tests in assassin school he would not have lasted a day cLoose ends are coolLoose ends mean that you’re still living your life The person who dies with the most loose ends wins c“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” cI showed my magic to a civilian one time and it got ugly cDiantha came so close to saying she would do whatever Patricia wanted anything at all And then it hit her She was being Trickstered She’d been this close to becoming a slave to her former best friend cBy the way I’ve been experimenting with converting myself into a virus so I can be distributed across many machines From what I have surmised that’s the best way for an artificial sentience to survive and grow without being constrained in one piece of euipment with a short shelf life My viral self will run in the background and be undetectable by any conventional antivirus software And the machine in your bedroom closet will suffer a fatal crash In a moment a dialogue box will pop up on this computer and you have to click ‘OK’ a few times cNature has no opinion no agenda Nature provides a playing field a not particularly level one on which we compete with all creatures great and small  cProblem solving and troubleshooting were a source of pleasure for both of them and narrating the process was the next best thing to doing it The same neural pathways lit up when you talked your way through the maze as when you actually solved it Except this time you were bathed in the glow of having already unraveled the thing cYou have two options to make them respect you or to become invisible Find ways to make them see what you're capable of Or try to blend into the shadows as much as possible They can't hurt what they can't see cThe bookstore had no musty ‘old books’ smell and instead it had a nice oaky aroma similar to the way Laurence imagined the whiskey casks would be before you put Scotch into them for ageing This was a place where you would age well cWorry is often a symptom of imperfect information cEvery human can be a wizard c“The secret to a successful webcomic is to trick people into believing they will only get all the jokes if they read regularly By the time they realize there are no jokes for them to get they’ve invested too much time to uit and they can’t admit they’ve been duped” said Kevin “There is a whole art to creating nonexistent jokes that appear to go over everyone’s head It’s much harder than creating actual jokes” cHe went to make coffee because when you’ve just heard about the possible transformation of the human race into feral monsters you need to be doing something with your hands and creating something hot and comforting for another person cHe had already figured out a great universal truth that people never asked for documentation of anything as long as you asked them for documentation first cLoneliness was a full body sensation an anti exhilaration from his core outward cShe and the other witches probably turned themselves into bats and had bat sex one hundred feet up or had sex on the spirit plane or with fire elementals or whatever cAll of her life she felt like she had been telling people “It doesn’t have to be like this” which is the close cousin to “It can be better than this” Or even “We can be better than this” cWhy would anybody be a Satanist anyway? I don’t get it You can’t believe in Satan without believing in God and then you’re just picking the wrong side in a big mythic battle thing cThat she saw through this ploy did not prevent it from working perfectly cCHNG3M3 The trap that can be ignored is no trap c CHNG3M3 Society is the choice between freedom on someone else’s terms and slavery on yours c His anxiety melted away and he envied Patricia for having such charming friends If this had been a gathering of Laurence’s tribe by now someone would already have tried to prove they were the supreme expert on some topic There would have been dick measuring Instead these people just seemed to accept one another and feed each other tacos cIf I could turn people into turtles there would be turtles everywhere cIf you’re a science geek people give you wedgies and don’t invite you to their parties But if you’re a witch everybody just assumes you’re an evil psycho It’s kind of different cMagic was always bound to claim her in the end in retrospect but love was the most susceptible to random failure of all human enterprises cThe sheer volume of bad news had gotten beyond anybody’s ability to process into a narrative cthe longer I live the I feel like the stuff I see and feel is like a tracing of the outline of the real stuff that’s beyond our perceptions cWe don’t need better emotional communication from machines We need people to have empathy cCHNG3M3 Even among humans self awareness has gradations cWeirdness is value neutral cMaybe just telling her father that she could save him was paradoxically a big enough lie that it would give her the power to save him cSomeone was doing this someone was making this happen and she could make them pay There was some evil witch or most likely witches and they had found a way to supercharge a storm system and they were fucking going down cColor returned to the world cone time replaced rod time cTHEODOLPHUS HAD NOT eaten ice cream since the poisoning at the mall and he didn’t deserve any now Ice cream was for assassins who finished their targets Still he kept imagining how ice cream would taste how it would melt on his tongue and release layers of flavor He no longer trusted ice cream but he needed ice cream He ate it in the driver’s seat with a spork from his glove compartment“I don’t deserve this ice cream” he kept repeating with each bite until he started crying “I don’t deserve this ice cream” He sobbed cThe most horrifying thing was Theodolphus sort of cared about these children and their ludicrous problems Maybe just because he’d invested so much time he wanted to see how it all came out He worried about school politics He had a gnawing sense that all the debates over whether to allow kids to advance even if they had failed some part of the testing regime were somehow meaningful He had vivid nightmares about sitting in on parent teacher conferences Here’s how it worked if you were a member of the Nameless Order like Theodolphus—you didn’t see your fellow members that much outside of the five year gatherings but you got bulletins in the patterns of dead grass around you or human bones in one of your shoes—these would let you know if someone had ascended in the rankings or had made a spectacular brace of kills lately By now all of his fellows would be getting little legless creatures in their hats or car glove compartments signifying that Theodolphus had been having the dry spell to end all dry spells—including whoever had poisoned Theodolphus’s sundae and warned him against directly harming the two childrenSomething smooth and red was inside the half open drawer of Theodolphus’s desk For a moment he was certain it was a strip of blood soaked silk from the Order signifying his fall in status But instead he pulled out a cream colored envelope lined in red around a card that informed Theodolphus the District had nominated him for Educator of the Year He was invited to an award ceremony at which black tie would be worn and factory farmed creatures would be eaten Theodolphus almost wept in front of Carrie Danning He had to end this somehow Whatever it took he had to get his life back cThey looked alarmed—literally as if an alarm had gone off next to their heads and their ears were still ringing c“I guess I’m lucky that you already promised that everything I say in here is a secret” Laurence said “I can go ahead and tell you that you’re a fake You’re not the coolest adult at this school you’re some kind of troll hiding out in your crappy little pasteboard office and messing with people My parents are weak minded and feeble life has crushed their spirits and so you think they’re easy marks But I’m here to tell you that they’re not and Patricia isn’t either I’m going to see that you burn” cHe found some dignity in the back pocket of his newly acuired pants and walked up into the main apartment only tripping once Or twice cThe reason the Uncanny Valley exists is because humans created it to put other people into It’s how we justify killing each other cShe would be free and luminous a real witch cThe two crinkly folds in the paper started to look like the lines of Laurence’s palm after a while Life lines c“But you’d know what you really were And that’s all that matters” cPeterbitter asked if anyone had any uestions“Just one” Laurence said “Who died?”“That’s a sensitive matter and we deeply regret—”“Because that’s what the flag at half mast means right? How many kids has your awesome school killed anyway?” c“This is an honor the start of a wondrous journey et cetera et cetera Or you can stay here and eat suet” cAnd if your fancy witch teachers don’t believe in loyalty and helping people in trouble then I guess I don’t want to learn what they have to teach anyway cOTHER CITIES HAD gargoyles or statues watching over them San Francisco had scare owls сA perfect night to go out and make some dirty magic cPatricia wasn’t naturally manic depressive but a big part of the instruction at Eltisley Maze had involved keeping two very different maybe incompatible states of mind at once—and in some ways it was like being taught to be bipolar on purpose c“I didn’t really save his life He was exaggerating” “It’s his life One tends to privilege personal insights in such matters” cMy life plan involves never understanding my parents cYou know  no matter what you do people are going to expect you to be someone you’re not But if you’re clever and lucky and work your butt off then you get to be surrounded by people who expect you to be the person you wish you were cI feel like we tried too hard not to label our relationship and that became a label in itself сIf anybody tries to tell you that you’re selfish send them to me and I’ll snap their necks for you Okay? сAir rushed through the Tree like it was drawing breath to speak to her in its stentorian whoosh  then she woke up cIt just  makes serendipity happen often cPatricia vowed that she would never ever buy a Caddy EverTwo days later Patricia was in the Caddy store near Union Suare Communication Orientation Self Expression and Introspection Next she would go get some giant suare dark glasses and a medallion that changed color depending on how recently she got laid God It was not that different except for the way it insisted on asking demented uestions to customize your experience Like “Would you rather lose your sense of smell or taste? When was the last time you were glad you stayed up late?” There was a checkbox to disable the uestions but everybody said they made it work a million times better and they tapered off after a day cThe whole place was an allergy waiting to happen сIt’s not my job to police someone else’s self esteem not in any sane world“Mmm” said Priya “worm pie My favorite”“It’s a delicacy” said Laurence “Someplace We don’t know where but we’re going to go there and enter a contest once we’ve perfected our recipe” cI wonder how many other things in our world are just the shadows of things in other places I mean the longer I live the I feel like the stuff I see and feel is like a tracing of the outline of the real stuff that’s beyond our perceptions cI always have in the back of my mind the idea of what would the crows think? Crows are really smart cI’m not saying that I ask the crows for scientific advice I’m saying that there are a lot of different ways of looking at the world and maybe I actually do have a uniue advantage because I get to hear different voices cI love that this conversation started out with you worrying that I was judging you and ended up with you judging me cIt was looking really good Until it wasn’t cFor the first time in living memory she was just a girl who laughed too loud in movie theaters cWhen the whole world turns chaotic we must be the better part of chaos cI fell in love with a man and he built a doomsday machine cPatricia gave him a look that made it clear she had follicles that were deadlier than his entire arsenal cMaybe that was why the world was circling the drain Maybe people’s short attention spans finally weren’t short enough cRealizing that I’m the only one of my kind was like being born an endangered species That’s why I’ve become so proficient at helping humans find their most ideal romantic partners I don’t want anyone else to be as lonely as I am c

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