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Having never read Amor Towles before it was hard to know what to expect, however this overly wordy narrative, that is clumsily written is missing many of the highbrow thoughtfulness that the other authors have brought to these 6 short stories.
It isn't clear if this one shot is meant to be read in order but really doesn't stack up against the other short stories of emergant AI and Quantum Physics.
Towles want to tell a story of something like Gattiga, what if we could doctor and author our childrens genetic future? Is it a future imperfect. How much of their destiny is mixed in with our own notion of self? None of this really explored and Towles style of writing strikes me as simple, dwelling in overly simple explanation of every.single.detail Clipped short sentences means it comes across as basic, with a sad sack main character that spends as much time being drunk as he does realising that some things are better left untouched.
A differant author may had some fun with this topic. Towles book is just boring.
I really enjoyed this story. After Summer Frost, this was my next favourite of the books from the Forward Collection.
In this story, the author looks at how IVF may advance so much whereby parents will be able to decide what sort of personality traits their children will have which in the long round will determine how their child's life will pan out.
It's an interesting look into this subject and leaves you thinking whether having the ability to determine your child's future is a decision that you'd want to make as a parent. Something that the story itself doesn't fully answer.
Loved the book, loved the concept and how instead of taking it to the long term impact (which would have been predictable), Amor talks about how it makes the protagonist of the story feel in that very moment. The third act (so as to say), just drifted to a bleak ending. That is the only part I didnt enjoy as much.