Clever - no doubt about it! I didn't do enough checking before I bought this book because I am not a sci-fi -fantasy fan. I struggled through because I am a techie of sorts. Well written.
I really enjoyed the mix of antiquities and modern technology. I really wish it were a true story!
The over-all story isn't quite as full and satisfying as it might be but it is a fun and intelligent read and deeply steeped in my own home - the Bay Area and its current high tech culture. It's also written by a real book lover. If you enjoy real history given a fantastical twist (tho all the real magic here is computer generated) then this would be a good one to try. Our relationship with books and the storage and dissemination of knowledge is explored with fondness and humor.
The characters begin to be delineated quite well but it struck me as a story that would develop very well into a series; and yet the writer makes a huge effort to close the door on this option with an epilogue chapter on "what happens next". Pity.
I also thought it was very convincingly read by Ari Fliakos - and I'm not at all easy to impress.
Slight silly, mostly mellow, little lady.
I really enjoyed this story! Mystery, humor, and excellent characters all combine to completely engross the reader!
Laughed out loud. Great performance Clever book. Maybe won't appeal if you have zero tech knowledge but even then this book is a sweet romp. Enjoy!
Lots of subplots and circles and till the Final chapter, I st.ill didn't know what the ending was going to be to me that Mystery makes it great. Great characters, interesting plot, in the moment narrative. Overall I'd read it again
Great plot, great narration. Off beat, clever and prescient. What begins as a mystery spirals into plot-centric exploration of ideas deep enough to stimulate without belaboring. The conclusion satisfying. Even better is the positive and hopeful, albeit unabashedly humanist tone.
Absolutely worth a full credit.
The story was fun enough, but goodness, the narration was terrible. Fliakos over-enunciates everything, he doesn't do emotion well, and overall ruins what was otherwise a decent story. Had it been any longer than it is, I wouldn't have been able to finish it. I certainly will it be purchasing another book read by him.