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Alkeemik (2012)

Alkeemik (2012)
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Alkeemik (2012)
Alkeemik (2012)

About book: An alchemist has been working desperately to discover a solution to the fast-growing bramble that is engulfing his nation. He's bankrupted his family in pursuit of his research - but finally, he may be on the verge of a breakthrough.The poisonous bramble is fed by magic - every time someone casts a spell, the dangerous plant grows a bit more. And everyone uses magic, even though it's illegal. Even the alchemist uses spells - without them, his beloved young daughter would die of her tubercular illness.Like most (all?) of Bacigalupi's work, this story is a cautionary tale. The metaphor is clear: this is about environmentalism, and the seductiveness of doing the small, easy things that in conglomeration are destroying the planet. It's also about politics, and the reluctance to take any action out of altruism, even when the benefits to all are starkly obvious.While it's got a pessimistic view of human nature as a whole; many of the individuals involved, while they may not be admirable, are treated with understanding and empathy.Apparently, there's a companion piece to this, 'The Executioness' by Buckell. I haven't read that one yet, but I may - this world is fascinating. However, I'm really just hugely a fan of Bacigalupi's writing. The little details go the furthest. In Neil Gaiman's 10 rules about writing there is one that goes something like: Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.Those "exactly little things" are what are right in this novella. And oh-ho, how right they are. Also, it is only ~90 pages, well worth the investment.
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Nisa
tahtsime kõige paremat välja tuli nagu alati ideest kantud lugu.
Meme
A great read with some interesting philosophical insights.
shoegirl
The most cheerful work of Paolo's I've ever read. :-P
calbears
lovely fairy tale mini novel
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