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All the Birds in the Sky by [Anders, Charlie Jane]
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“In All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders darts and soars, with dazzling aplomb, among the hypotheticals of science fiction, the counterfactuals of fantasy, and the bittersweet mundanities of contemporary American life, throwing lightning bolts of literary style that shimmer with enchantment or electrons. She tackles profound, complicated questions, vast and insignificant as the fate of the planet, tiny and crucial as the vagaries of friendship, rocketing the reader through a pocket-sized epic of identity whose sharply-drawn protagonists come to feel like the reader's best friends.

The very short list of novels that dare to traffic as freely in the uncanny and wondrous as in big ideas, and to create an entire, consistent, myth-ridden alternate world that is still unmistakably our own, all while breaking the reader's heart into the bargain--I think of masterpieces like The Lathe of Heaven; Cloud Atlas; Little, Big--has just been extended by one.” ―Michael Chabon

“Like the work of other 21st century writers ― Kelly Link and Lev Grossman come immediately to mind ― All the Birds in the Sky serves as both a celebration of and corrective to the standard tropes of genre fiction...Anders' humor elevates this marvelous book above the morass of dystopian novels that have flooded the literary landscape. The result feels like one of William Gibson's baroquely complex worlds, aerated by lighter-than-air dialogue and an engaging, diverse cast of supporting characters you'd love to meet at your next end-of-the-world party.” ― The Los Angeles Times

“Into each generation of science fiction/fantasydom a master absurdist must fall, and it’s quite possible that with All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders has established herself as the one for the Millennials… As hopeful as it is hilarious, and highly recommended.” ―The New York Times Book Review

“A fairy tale and an ad­ven­ture rolled into one, All the Birds in the Sky is a captivating novel that shows how science and magic can be two sides of the same coin.” ―The Washington Post

“This book is a beta from an indie making magic spell apps. It's an interactive guide to artisanal potions. This book is the first person you know with a crazy realist 3D tattoo. This book is a hipster and a nerd and when you read it you'll know what I mean.”– Maureen McHugh, award-winning author of China Mountain Zhang

“Everything you could ask for in a debut novel – a fresh look at science fiction’s most cherished memes, ruthlessly shredded and lovingly reassembled.” ―Cory Doctorow

“It’s every bit as imaginative, witty, and moving as you’d hope… an entertaining and audacious melding of science, magic, and just plain real life that feels perfectly right for our time.”― Isaac Fitzgerald, Buzzfeed Books Newsletter

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From the editor-in-chief of io9.com, a stunning novel about the end of the world--and the beginning of our future

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families.

But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, 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. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together--to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1694 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Jan. 26 2016)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00W190RPG
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,687 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By LBM on March 23 2016
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This is a really uniquely ambitious novel, that's hard to describe - a mash-up of tech and magic. I know I liked it, and the main characters really engage one's empathy and understanding, but I thought the latter part of the book kind of wandered a bit, some plots and characters (Isobel?) were left dangling, and the ending was somewhat abrupt. That being said - I would definitely read this author's work again.
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This is an amazing book on several levels. Magic phantasy meets artificial intelligence meets thriller and finally you're left with love of some kind or another. I kept being amazed at how she pulled it all off. Easy to read but addictive, where can I get more of this ?
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The themes were interesting. The author's writing is a bit simplistic. All in all, an easy read.
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Complete mess, unlikable characters that really just annoy. The novel makes no sense.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d00b2ac) out of 5 stars 157 reviews
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d013e28) out of 5 stars I Should Have Node Better With a Girl Like You Feb. 6 2016
By Simon Ellberger - Published on Amazon.com
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I hate stories that are supposed to take place in our world, on our planet, and in our time (or thereabouts) that have sentient animals in them. I mean I really hate them. Or so I thought. In the past twelve months, I have read two novels that I liked immensely that had such creatures in them. Both were debut novels. The off-kilter All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders is the newer one of them. An amazing and beautiful tale, it’s the story of Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead—and of a place in space called Earth.

A very, very character-driven book, much of it is a plot-not story that becomes a plot-knot story. If that sentence sounds like a riddle, it’s because the book rides on one, like Bellerophon on Pegasus. There’s a lot of talking and philosophy that outweighs the action. I say this not as a complaint, but as a compliment to how interesting the novel is because of this imbalance. But there is also balance in the way it magically and logically sits in two genres: science fiction and fantasy. They are blended together like an Everly Brothers harmony.

The prose is deceptive. It uses slang expressions, and esoteric science terms, and what I call “why adjectives?”—adjectives made by adding “y” to a noun, like “perfumey”—but it all works, even if I still don’t exactly know what “dubthrash” means (let this admission be made an informal part of the record :) ). I was definitely immersed in the story, not sure where it was going (just like life), and fascinated by how much I recognized from my past, even if I didn’t recall it before. A fundamental theme—do we try to control nature or serve it—resonated profoundly with me. Questions about what is worth saving and in what form still churn in my brain, agitated, foaming and fomenting. It’s satisfying to read a book that hits this many entangling cognitive and affective nodes. And to all I have loved and love I say: there are things in this story I should have node before; but it’s never too late, even when it is.
33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d014090) out of 5 stars One minute you're chuckling at the oddball narrative, the next minute it stabs you in the guts Jan. 26 2016
By Bartimaeus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
All The Birds in The Sky is a quirky, comedic urban fantasy that isn't afraid to go to some dark places. It's like a mix of Lev Grossman's The Magicians and a generous helping of Pratchett-esque zany ridiculousness. One minute you're chuckling at the oddball narrative, the next minute it stabs you in the guts.

The story involves talking birds and AI, which are difficult to pull off in the same book. But Anders wisely makes humor a big element of the tale, and pulls it off with panache. It's a wonderfully quirky read, and quite a page-turner too.

One caveat - the first few chapters are messy and a bit self-conscious. Anders finds her voice once the assassin appears (chapter 5 or thereabouts), and then the book just flows. Oh and I forgot to mention, I *love* the assassin. It feels like he stepped right out of the pages of a Discworld novel.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d0142d0) out of 5 stars Original and Creative and Just Good Feb. 8 2016
By daustin - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the most creative and original books I've read in a while. If you like either sci fi or fantasy you will love this book. I couldn't put it down and kept thinking about it after I was finished.
I loved Patricia; one of the best female protaganists I've ever read.
Some people mentioned that this is young adult fiction - I didn't know that while reading it, but it's perfectly fine for adults.
Best book I've read in a while.
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d014474) out of 5 stars and you felt like any minute the machine might talk back of its ... Jan. 29 2016
By Nabil - Published on Amazon.com
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Were you ever up coding late at night, green-on-black, and you felt like any minute the machine might talk back of its own volition? How about the woods-- did you ever follow an animal or a sound for hours and give up just before it led you to another world? This book is magical, and wild, and deep, and big-souled, and spirit, and flesh, and science, and it breaks my heart, and I do not want to ever leave.
20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d014348) out of 5 stars Reads like a young adult novel Feb. 23 2016
By Lisa A. Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book reads more like a young adult novel. It is purported to be a futuristic quasi-sci-fi novel but there is very little to indicate this by the use of current, modern day lingo. The story line and the characters are uninteresting and half-baked. Magic and artificial intelligence are the main themes but one might do better to pick up a book by Ben Okri, Zora Neal Hurston, Isaac Asimov, or William Gibson for a more intense read. The writing voice is one of a hipster tackling topics that might be "cool" to young people. Prominent themes of current society such as bullying, hacking, and ecological issues are de rigueur in this book and it all feels way too forced. The writing is immature and lacks coherence and skill. I kept hoping that it would come together for me but it never did and overall I would have done better to read a classic instead.