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A novel about the end of the world and the beginning of our futureChildhood 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 familie A novel about the end of the world and the beginning of our futureChildhood 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 of 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 ever 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 Get A CopyKindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleKoboApple iBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoHalf.comAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 320 pages Published January 26th 2016 by Tor Books More Details Original Title All the Birds in the Sky ISBN 0765379945 ISBN13 9780765379948 Edition Language English Literary Awards Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel 2017 , Nebula Award for Best Novel 2016 , Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2017 , Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fantasy 2016 Other Editions 13 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about All the Birds in the Sky, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Is this a romance 10 likeslike one year ago See all 8 answers matthew A better question would be, Is a tree red but I ll attempt to answer this anyway.If by romance, do you mean would this novel be categorized as a A better question would be, Is a tree red but I ll attempt to answer this anyway.If by romance, do you mean would this novel be categorized as a romance If so, then we have to ask ourselves what the category of romance means Does it mean that romance is the central hinge upon which the novel pivots Or does it mean Romance, as in a tale of fantasy, knights, damsels, dragons, derring do, honour, magic Or does it mean romance is a marketing category that has very slippery semantic borders If you mean, does romance feature heavily in the plot, then I would say yes Like almost every single story Two people fall in love as a primary plot while using the scaffolding of fantasy and science fiction stories to explore their characterization less flag Is this a YA book 2 likeslike one year ago See all 12 answers Sarah I wouldn t specifically categorize it as a YA book, even though the two main characters are children for 1 3 of the novel Do I think a young adult I wouldn t specifically categorize it as a YA book, even though the two main characters are children for 1 3 of the novel Do I think a young adult could read and appreciate this book, I say yes, a mature young adult could Of course, maturity is a personal decision which I can t answer or quantify less flag See all 12 questions about All the Birds in the Sky Lists with This Book Can t Wait Sci Fi Fantasy of 2016 422 books 2,039 voters Hugo 2017 Eligible Works 210 books 282 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews showing 1 30 filter sort default Rating Details 0 copy ratingGraph.clone j rating_details_tip_graph.remove copy.attr id , rating_details_tip_graph copy.find script.remove j rating_details_tip.prepend copy Feb 01, 2016 Emily May rated it really liked it Shelves sci fi, 2016 This is one weirdass book A good kind of weird, but it definitely isn t for everyone.All the Birds in the Sky transcends genres, refusing to find its place anywhere is it sci fi Paranormal fantasy Dystopian alternate world Magical realism In truth, it s some of all of those A quirky and strange blend of science and magic.I 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 thi This is one weirdass book A good kind of weird, but it definitely isn t for everyone.All the Birds in the Sky transcends genres, refusing to find its place anywhere is it sci fi Paranormal fantasy Dystopian alternate world Magical realism In truth, it s some of all of those A quirky and strange blend of science and magic.I 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 quite like this Damn, I don t even know how much I should say about it.The story follows two characters Patricia, who is a witch, and Lawrence 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 Lawrence s genius defining them as outsiders and causing them to be bullied and punished by their parents We stay with Patricia and Lawrence 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 protagonists.Stylistically, the book feels like magical realism, weaving elements of fantasy and sci fi into everyday life I can t quite 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 weird.Patricia, as a witch who can talk to animals, is an embodiment of nature Lawrence, 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 different.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Pinterest flag 534 likesLike see review View all 26 comments Renata I am so happy I found your outstanding review I m so very ready for an amazing sci fi fantasy type of story Your description thoroughly enticed me I am so happy I found your outstanding review I m so very ready for an amazing sci fi fantasy type of story Your description thoroughly enticed me it is an interesting tale about the power of both nature and science wrapped up in a surface story of witches and climate change Well said Dec 07, 2016 05 06PM Carolyn Vandine west Great review Don t know how this got on my to read list but I did Glad I read it but one time read I think Good thought provoking book Aug 19, 2017 02 14AM Sep 19, 2015 Rachel Kalanadi rated it did not like it Shelves fantasy, winners nebulas, 2016 releases I hated this book.If you want the epic rant, read on but beware profanity and spoilers view spoiler The 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 I hated this book.If you want the epic rant, read on but beware profanity and spoilers view spoiler The 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 scream.The 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 1.7 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 machine.But 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 STOP.The 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 equivalent 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 Does this book actually deserve the vitriol I ve hurled at it No.But every once in a while, we are all allowed to unapologetically, irrationally loathe something If you want to read a fantasy novel about unlikable people being dicks to each other and making horrible mistakes, please read The Magicians by Lev Grossman instead, because that book actually has a plot, and character growth, and a well developed consistent theme, and it s written so much better.Or, you know, read All the Birds in the Sky, because Lev Grossman blurbed it and said it was great a magnificent novel and unmissable I could just be really, really wrong, but a part of me says I m not Aggrandizement UPDATE 7 2 2017 This book is fated to win all major genre awards this year just to spite me What have I done in this life or a past life to deserve this flag 218 likesLike see review View all 39 comments Sarah Irene wrote I m surprised that I didn t find this book well written at all despite being widely acclaimed The characters are so flat with no person Irene wrote I m surprised that I didn t find this book well written at all despite being widely acclaimed The characters are so flat with no personalities The sex scene made me cringed as though I was watchi Irene wrote I m surprised that I didn t find this book well written at all despite being widely acclaimed The characters are so flat with no personalities The sex scene made me cringed as though I was watchi I agree with everything you said, especially the sex scene I felt creepy reading this book Aug 09, 2017 11 23AM Faizan Amazing review, agree to many of your points One of the worst fantasy books I ve even read Not sure why how I finished it Aug 17, 2017 05 47PM Oct 08, 2015 Brad rated it it was amazing Shelves sci fi, fantasy, fanboy goes squee, worldbuilding sf, reality bending, top one hundred, 2016 shelf Indestructible Or to put it in milder terms, I just got ran over by a mac truck This 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 fiction.I guess I kinda liked it.It s a lot than a magical realism novel, and it s no experiment There s nothing unreadable about it and it doesn t have t Indestructible Or to put it in milder terms, I just got ran over by a mac truck This 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 fiction.I guess I kinda liked it.It 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 equal proportions and dialogue, their uneasy alliance, their estrangement, and finally, their enduring love.This 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 Loved.Did 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 that.I bawled tears of joy and horror, people No joke I sat in my chair and couldn t read from all the sobs.From 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 Endures.And by the way, this is already on my Hugo Picks for 2016 flag 174 likesLike see review View all 47 comments Dec 29, 2016 Will Byrnes rated it liked it Shelves fantasy, science fiction, computers ai Self awareness paradoxically requires 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 bul Self awareness paradoxically requires 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 questions, 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 tor.com.Overall, 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 millennial.Review posted January 6, 2017Publication date January 26, 2016 EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s tumblr page There is a lot there Anders io9 site is definitely worth checking out.There is a lot of good intel on Anders in her wiki page flag 119 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Mar 23, 2016 Darth J rated it really liked it Shelves awesome, better than i thought it would be, stand alone but needs sequel, witch wizard, urban fantasy, magical realism, would recommend ImpressiveSo I kinda loved this We have 2 junior high outcasts named Patricia and Laurence, both painfully geeky and both destined to change the world.Until they grow up and go their separate ways to discover that what made them different made them awesome.Patricia goes to a magical school that was founded by the joining two seemingly disparate groups healers and tricksters foreshadowing It s like if you took The Ability by way of The Magicians for the magical aspects of her life It s ImpressiveSo I kinda loved this We have 2 junior high outcasts named Patricia and Laurence, both painfully geeky and both destined to change the world.Until they grow up and go their separate ways to discover that what made them different made them awesome.Patricia goes to a magical school that was founded by the joining two seemingly disparate groups healers and tricksters foreshadowing It s like if you took The Ability by way of The Magicians for the magical aspects of her life It s supernatural yet really grounded in reality and there s a grittiness to the harsh lessons she learns along the way She discovers she s a witch by talking to birds and a magical tree as a young child.A young Laurence witnesses her magic and is so freaked out that he abjures her for years.Before he does that, wunderkind Laurence is working on creating a supercomputer in his closet and enlists Patricia to help him create the AI algorithm for it foreshadowing He eventually becomes a tech genius while his program runs forgotten in the background for years, gaining awareness.They reunite years later and both have changed Laurence is now a bit douchey and has helped to create an anti gravity machine Patricia is almost like a superhero, going around and healing people by night but working crappy jobs during the day She saves the day on multiple occasions, only to disappear before getting as much as a thank you.As typical of a romance, the protagonists come together, go apart, and repeat this pattern over and over again Yet, this story different Both have their own lives as in, they both have other things to concentrate on other than each other And the characters are well rounded and feel like actual people, instead of the standard flat fare most readers are treated to these days Charlie Jane Anders has a skill for writing people and a deep understanding of the human condition, which makes this book all the engrossing.What I didn t like was the fact that there were too many loose threads with other characters Plus, the magical school needed information I understand why it wasn t given much attention, pacing wise, but it still would have been interesting to learn about view spoiler Eventually the AI created by Laurence now named Peregrine is fuzed with Patricia s magical tree, mirroring the earlier connection of the 2 distinct magical schools You gave me life, but now you ve given me something valuable I think we re going to do amazing things together This is just the beginning Carmen and the other witches were right, people need to change I have spent my entire life studying human interactions at a granular level, and now I can see the nonhuman interactions as well I think we can empower people Every human can be a wizard Laurence typed or a cyborg A cyborg, said Peregrine, will be the same thing as a wizard We re working on it, anyway Give us a little time pp 312 hide spoiler flag 100 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jul 29, 2016 Hannah Greendale rated it it was ok Shelves science fiction, fantasy, nebula nominee, nebula winner 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 flag 88 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Feb 01, 2016 Maxwell marked it as dnf review of another edition Shelves i own it, sci fi, 2016 Eek I gave it 85 pages, but I can t keep reading this book The writing is pretty bad It s stilted and unnatural, especially the dialogue I can t get past the writing style to actually enjoy what s happening in the story And because the novel is a weird mash up of science fiction and fantasy and I m not sure if that s just accepted in this world because neither of the main characters is fazed by anything magical or inexplicable happening it was difficult to get situated in the goings on of t Eek I gave it 85 pages, but I can t keep reading this book The writing is pretty bad It s stilted and unnatural, especially the dialogue I can t get past the writing style to actually enjoy what s happening in the story And because the novel is a weird mash up of science fiction and fantasy and I m not sure if that s just accepted in this world because neither of the main characters is fazed by anything magical or inexplicable happening it was difficult to get situated in the goings on of the story When I read the first chapter I was intrigued, but as I got farther in I realized this one is just not for me Bummer flag 65 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Feb 03, 2016 Book Riot Community added it Shelves science fiction, fantasy There are novels that come along and utterly change how you think about fiction They challenge you, they charge you, they fire you deep into the shadowed spaces within yourself that you could only previously grasp By the end, you simply feel entrenched, like you somehow exist deeper in this beautiful, insane world we inhabit, and can better understand the connections between everyone who lives on it The last novel to do this to me was Among Others by Jo Walton, and I m thrilled to say Anders There are novels that come along and utterly change how you think about fiction They challenge you, they charge you, they fire you deep into the shadowed spaces within yourself that you could only previously grasp By the end, you simply feel entrenched, like you somehow exist deeper in this beautiful, insane world we inhabit, and can better understand the connections between everyone who lives on it The last novel to do this to me was Among Others by Jo Walton, and I m thrilled to say Anders s novel All the Birds in the Sky has joined that shelf An incredibly human tale about love, connection, pain, growing up, taking responsibility, and finding balance in a world writhing with upheaval, All the Birds in the Sky chronicles the journey of Laurence and Patricia as they meet as children and grow to adulthood And while Laurence has an aptitude for super science, and Patricia becomes one of the most powerful witches of her age, the true wonder is in seeing these two complicated, passionate, flawed people spark against each other in moments both large and small With prose both succinct and strange, beautiful and slightly bizarre, Anders deals with all the big ideas you could possibly imagine with an enviable deftness, and never once neglects the chance to expand and complicate her characters This is a beauty of a book, and personally, I think it will be a new classic for many years to come It may already be my favorite book I ve read this year and it s January for goodness sake Go read it Let it change the way you think of fiction Let it change you Marty Cahillfrom The Best Books We Read In January flag 58 likesLike see review Jul 26, 2016 Althea Ann rated it liked it Book club selection for this month.As I started this, I wasn t sure if Anders sense of humor was going to gel with mine, but after a bit, I actually really got into it Actually, it might ve been my favorite part of the book lighthearted portrayals of over the top awfulness that although on one level absurd, on another level ring heartbreakingly true The first part of the book reminded me in feel of Jo Walton s Among Others, both in its portrayal o Book club selection for this month.As I started this, I wasn t sure if Anders sense of humor was going to gel with mine, but after a bit, I actually really got into it Actually, it might ve been my favorite part of the book lighthearted portrayals of over the top awfulness that although on one level absurd, on another level ring heartbreakingly true The first part of the book reminded me in feel of Jo Walton s Among Others, both in its portrayal of nerdy childhood and in the general feel of the writing We meet two kids who become best friends in school One has had a bizarre experience involving talking birds who told her that she is a witch whose destiny is to serve Nature But after that one night, she s never recaptured that magic Was it a dream or a hallucination She certainly doesn t seem special in other ways Her best friend, on the other hand, is something of a math engineering genius Although they re both a bit outcast, the things he can do are tangible, whether it s building a two second time machine, or programming an AI.The narrative jumps a bit abruptly to the second part, ten years later The friends have been out of touch for a decade, until they unexpectedly meet at a party He s now a high profile, PR loving tech entrepreneur with dreams of saving the world And she Well, what she does is secret Will their chance encounter re start their friendship Or will they become arch nemeses This second part of the book reminded me of The Rook but could also draw comparisons to other tales involving secret societies and special powers.Overall, I thought the book had a bit of unevenness and places where it didn t quite fully develop the potential of the ideas, but nevertheless it was quite enjoyable flag 59 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 30, 2017 Matthew Quann rated it it was amazing Recommends it for sci fi fans, fantasy fans, all readers Shelves favourites, fantasy, sci fi, sff award winners As a reader, every once and a while a book comes along that charms the living daylights out of you All the Birds in the Sky surprised, astounded, and captivated me in equal measures Unfortunately, when a book is this good it makes it almost too difficult to review there s little to be said that the novel won t say for itself If you think you might like this novel, read it All the Birds in the Sky s hook is that it is a story that blends sci fi and fantasy I got the impression prior to my r As a reader, every once and a while a book comes along that charms the living daylights out of you All the Birds in the Sky surprised, astounded, and captivated me in equal measures Unfortunately, when a book is this good it makes it almost too difficult to review there s little to be said that the novel won t say for itself If you think you might like this novel, read it All the Birds in the Sky s hook is that it is a story that blends sci fi and fantasy I got the impression prior to my read that it would be a bit like Harry Potter meets Iron Man, that there d be some cool fight scenes, and would be some nice brain candy The hook, though apt, doesn t deal with how well Charlie Jane Anders manages to weave these two genres together It s obvious that Anders is an acolyte of SFF canon, though here they are able to both pay it homage and move it forward The novel walks a fine line between the recognizable and the new, crafting a story that feels unlike anything I ve ever read before.Though I think the novel is aimed at a millennial audience, I too think that it has universal appeal The future of the novel looks at a world not too far removed from our own Young people are galavanting around with smartphones, eating hip food, and doing their very best to find themselves amidst the noise of the digital world Anders is able to make the novel work as commentary and reflection on modern society without ever seeming preachy, condescending, and without a touch of Luddism The world building here is breathtaking Anders manages to concoct a magic system wondrous than Sanderson esque rigour , build a sci fi plot, MARRY THE TWO CONCEPTS, and never falters on either account The world always felt rich, deep, and full of mysteries waiting to be uncovered Anders smartly tells the reader just enough that they are able to imagine a concept, place, or event and burn to know All the Birds in the Sky makes for a world that I d love to come back to, but would be perfectly happy if this was all that Anders chooses to do in this world None of this would work without Patricia and Lawrence While the world, story, and systems pay homage to SFF, reflect the real world, tap into fears about climate change, an unstable political climate, and questions our modern society, it s really all about Patricia and Lawrence The story opens with their childhood adventures and mishaps, but by the time I was a third of the way into the book I couldn t wait to spend time with the duo Both characters are compelling in their own right Lawrence is a brilliant but neurotic engineering prodigy kept in check by his unambitious parents Patricia is a courageous but impulsive fledgling witch who just can t seem to get out of the shadow of her successful sister The pair complement one another, but their individual POV chapters never left me feeling as if I d prefer to be reading one character over another All the Birds in the Sky did just about everything I want in a book It is superbly written, it has compelling characters, a fast moving plot, a surprising amount of humour, it is literary, it is a thinker, and it is all wrapped up in a sci fi and fantasy blend I can t recommend All the Birds in the Sky enough and hope you all take a chance on this one It was a blast to read and I can t wait to badger all my friends and family to read it flag 56 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Sep 30, 2016 Philip rated it really liked it Shelves fantasy, sci fi, 2016 releases, hugo, top 5 2016, hugo 2017 4.25ish stars.Bizarre, insightful, quirky, and unique in its examination of the relationships between and within science, nature and humanity.Laurence and Patricia as characters are weird, dumb, and oh so real Every step of the way I was shaking my head at them, laughing at them, rolling my eyes, screaming at them in my head and rooting for them until the end.The novel was at once a small slice of life story about two very different social outcasts AND a giant commentary on the forces of nature 4.25ish stars.Bizarre, insightful, quirky, and unique in its examination of the relationships between and within science, nature and humanity.Laurence and Patricia as characters are weird, dumb, and oh so real Every step of the way I was shaking my head at them, laughing at them, rolling my eyes, screaming at them in my head and rooting for them until the end.The novel was at once a small slice of life story about two very different social outcasts AND a giant commentary on the forces of nature and science It also had a lot to say about humanity as a whole I wasn t on board the entire way there were a few points where I thought Anders lost control of the narrative Things got confusing or too clever for their own good or tried to be too big And even though I didn t completely get everything at the end, I still came away feeling satisfied and even a little bit inspired.https mrphilipslibrary.wordpress.co flag 51 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 01, 2016 Larry H rated it liked it There were a number of times while reading Charlie Jane Anders All the Birds in the Sky that I thought, How am I going to review this What I realized, however, is that while the book was utterly different than I expected it to be from the blurbs I read, and there s much about the plot that defies description, I found it to be an ambitious, poignant, slightly meandering, somewhat imperfect book, which packs a resonant, emotional punch.Laurence and Patricia meet in middle school Both are out There were a number of times while reading Charlie Jane Anders All the Birds in the Sky that I thought, How am I going to review this What I realized, however, is that while the book was utterly different than I expected it to be from the blurbs I read, and there s much about the plot that defies description, I found it to be an ambitious, poignant, slightly meandering, somewhat imperfect book, which packs a resonant, emotional punch.Laurence and Patricia meet in middle school Both are outcasts Laurence is obsessed with computers and technology, so much so that he builds his own two second time machine mostly to help him avoid being bullied , while Patricia discovers she has an unusual ability to communicate with other creatures And while these abilities make them less than popular among their peers, and cause a multitude of problems within their families, when Patricia reveals the full extent of her skills to Laurence, that along with the machinations of a teacher strains their relationship nearly to the breaking point.Years later, they are both living in San Francisco when they run into each other again Patricia, having graduated from an exclusive school for those with magical talents but far mercenary than Hogwarts , works with a band of magicians to right wrongs, and sometimes destroy the people perpetrating these wrongs Laurence works for an eccentric genius he met when he was younger, and he and his teammates are building a device to save the world in the event of total catastrophe, which seems imminent Laurence and Patricia are, once again, drawn to, and repelled by, one another, but there is no denying the two share a powerful bond Until the interests she and her fellow magicians are working to protect interfere with Laurence s work, which sets a chain of events in motion that rocks the world All the Birds in the Sky is a book about friendship, love, magic, and trying to avoid the end of the world It s about the struggle between listening to your heart and following your head, and how hard it is to stay true to yourself in the face of cruelty and doubt And it s also about the power of one person or two to make a difference, although the difference that Laurence and Patricia are seeking to make is a little dramatic than everyday change.About a quarter of the way into the book, I wasn t sure I wanted to stick with it I felt as if Anders spent a lot of time dwelling on how bullied Laurence and Patricia were, and how horribly misunderstood they were by their families It got a little relentless, and it wasn t what I was expecting or wanted to read But I soldiered on, and I am glad I did, for while the book is confusing and a little overblown, it s still utterly fascinating, and Laurence and Patricia are such fascinating characters that I couldn t tear myself away.Charlie Jane Anders is very talented she really worked hard to create an entire world in this book While I wished at times she would have followed the core of her story a little , I still was quite interested in what she was going to do with the characters and their story This is certainly not a book for everyone, but if you give it a chance, I think you ll agree about Anders storytelling ability.See all of my reviews at flag 50 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Jan 30, 2016 Joe rated it it was ok Having read io9 for years including CJA s posts on constructing narrative and anticipating this novel for upwards of six months, I found All the Birds in the Sky really disappointing Not only does it feel like CJA didn t take her own advice on how to structure the novel, the quality of the writing varies widely through the book at times it feels painfully amateurish and the dialogue is stilted Most problematically, I never bought into the love story between Laurence and Patricia This may Having read io9 for years including CJA s posts on constructing narrative and anticipating this novel for upwards of six months, I found All the Birds in the Sky really disappointing Not only does it feel like CJA didn t take her own advice on how to structure the novel, the quality of the writing varies widely through the book at times it feels painfully amateurish and the dialogue is stilted Most problematically, I never bought into the love story between Laurence and Patricia This may be because a large portion of the book was poisoned for me by the aggravating opening section when the pair are kids and Every.Single.Adult is abusive, stupid or both Secondary characters disappear for long stretches and then reappear for no real reason Patricia s roommates, Laurence s girlfriend Serafina, and most egregiously the assassin character with the flat out ridiculous name There are also randomly inserted bits about science and technology that have seemingly been included solely because CJA liked them from her time at io9 These frequently fail to connect to the larger narrative, though, and important aspects like how magic actually works, which is kind of integral to the worldbuilding of the novel are given short shrift Finally the central conflict just never really comes together in a satisfying way, especially the events of Denver which are hastily passed over and the escalating war between science and magic which feels strangely small in scope I ll fully admit that part of my negativity has likely resulted from the fact that things didn t proceed the way I wanted or expected them to, but I d also be lying if I didn t say that I was eager to finish not because I was so enthralled to see how it ended, but rather because I just wanted to be done with All the Birds in the Sky flag 42 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jun 01, 2015 Renay rated it it was amazing Shelves science fiction, fantasy, romance, hearts, warm fuzzy feelings, women writing sf, apocalypse, 2016, nebula winner, z anders charlie jane, nebula nominee I LOVE THIS BOOK I need to think about what I write because it s a novel that could easily be misrepresented, but I loved it so much I am BURSTING I feel like I need to write Tor publicity a handwritten thank you note WITH A GLITTER GEL PEN for letting me read it early It was everything I didn t know I wanted D READ IT AND THEN COME TALK ABOUT LOVE AND CONSCIOUSNESS AND SACRIFICE WITH ME More thoughts flag 40 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Sep 14, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves fiction, 2016 An utterly unique book Parts of it bear resemblance to things I ve read before, but as a whole, it s completely original And heartbreaking, and confounding, and joy inducing, and terrifying I won t soon forget Patricia and Laurence Nor do I ever want to flag 40 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Sep 13, 2015 Jenny Reading Envy rated it really liked it Shelves sword and laser, sci fi fantasy, own, read2016 I pre ordered this book because I was excited for it I have enjoyed Anders short stories and this one sounded interesting It defies genre boxing for the most part there is fantasy, magic, science fiction, apocalypse, and the strange healing power of madrigals But I like how all the parts fit together, and didn t find it messy or like the author was trying to cram too much in there I think part of why these elements work is that they aren t the point of the novel The focus is the friends I pre ordered this book because I was excited for it I have enjoyed Anders short stories and this one sounded interesting It defies genre boxing for the most part there is fantasy, magic, science fiction, apocalypse, and the strange healing power of madrigals But I like how all the parts fit together, and didn t find it messy or like the author was trying to cram too much in there I think part of why these elements work is that they aren t the point of the novel The focus is the friendship of Patricia and Laurence through several periods of their lives, beginning in childhood Patricia discovers some witchy abilities and Laurence finds an affinity in science and engineering They are outcasts who can t even comfort one another in the worst years of peer pressure I liked the characters of these two people and actually grew frustrated when the author would skip major events, which would later just be mentioned in passing I wanted to be there, to bear witness to those events, to see the pain and growth I think this is what makes the book four stars instead of five for me I wanted it to be connected I wouldn t have minded a longer read to get the chance to experience of their stories.Overall, this was an enjoyable read, one I had to take breaks from so I did not read it too quickly flag 34 likesLike see review View 2 comments May 29, 2015 Steph Sinclair marked it as maybe read Shelves sci fi, fantasy, adult, did not finish, print arc, tor, january, magical realism, 2016 release I m putting this aside for now It s good, but I m struggling to keep interest flag 34 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Dec 16, 2015 Paul rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves z_archive_read 2016, z_archive_librarybook2016, 2016pubsff Lovely book that I think lost itself some in the second half Recommendation If you enjoy your fantasy or science fiction with contemporary fiction elements, with a magical realism feel, you ll like this one I recommend a library or a paperback buy If you own it already I d say a medium high priority This is a story about two outcasts, one magical and one technological, that grow up together, grow apart, and then find themselves again after college, only to experience a horrible geologi Lovely book that I think lost itself some in the second half Recommendation If you enjoy your fantasy or science fiction with contemporary fiction elements, with a magical realism feel, you ll like this one I recommend a library or a paperback buy If you own it already I d say a medium high priority This is a story about two outcasts, one magical and one technological, that grow up together, grow apart, and then find themselves again after college, only to experience a horrible geological catastrophe on a wide scale Patricia is a witch, she can commune with nature, but magic in this world is an act of balance, give and take, and Patricia wants to give too much Laurence is a technological genius that is researching a way to open a portal to another world just in case this Earth dies Patricia very much believes that the Earth is worth trying to save and heal while Laurence and his friends believe that leaving Earth is the answer I absolutely loved the first half of this book The first half is all about Patricia and Laurence growing up as kids and fitting in It read very much like a well written young adult book and I found both Patricia and Laurence s lives interesting I loved Laurence building an A.I in his bedroom closet and Patricia desperately wanting to somehow use her magical powers she learned she had as a child I connected with the bullying but it might have gone a little overboard in that area Also a lot of reviewers seem to point out that these two characters have no adult support, as both of their parents are bad parents I d expect the kids to turn out much worse without any adult support system than what they did They had a rough childhood and sometimes they weren t even there for each other because of peer pressure but this story held my interest so much during the first half The magic in this world was amazing In this world magic is a balancing act If you give too much, you have to take something If you do too many good things, something bad might happen elsewhere The biggest sin when it comes to magic is pride and aggrandizement There is trickster magic that is basically a contract with people when you preform magic for them For every form of magic there is a cause and an effect The technology aspects were great and I love the A.I Laurence made and later in the story, the personal idevices called Caddies During the second half of this book, I got a bit confused on what Anders was trying to do First off, the romantic relationship between Laurence and Patricia was awkward and unneeded I found their relationship believable and better as just close friends There is a lot of emphasis on ethics and if ethics is something that changes or is stationary There is also a running theme that science and nature magic are at odds with each other Anders wants the reader to decide if science and nature can coexist or not I think that this book would have worked better if Anders stuck to one main theme in the second half and wrote the plot around that one theme Instead she is writing the plot around many different themes and this caused the plot to become a bit convoluted Things go a bit crazy and characters turn into X Men, become professional motorcyclists, there are ridiculous mech like machines, and not to mention completely ignored plot points and characters I liked this book quite a bit but I became disappointed in the follow through At the half way point I was ready to give this a 5 star rating The subtle and downplayed SFF elements really appealed to me I think if the second half stuck with a downplayed story and told the story chronologically without flashbacks, it would have worked so much better I also felt that the writing strength in the second half was much less than the first The first half had some amazing sentences that made me stop and think I am really happy I read this book and I ll be excited to read another book by Anders in the future 3 515 25 Possible ScorePlot 3 Good Characters 3 Good World Building Setting 3 Good Writing Style 3 Good Heart Mind Aspect 3 Good flag 34 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jun 03, 2015 Giovanna rated it really liked it review of another edition Weird isweird.All the birds in the sky isa whimsical novel Okay, it is freaking weird, which was a positive thing for me, but I can see why not everybody would enjoy it It s definitely not a book I would recommend to everyone, in spite of the fact that I did enjoy it a lot.The positive thing is that I can say without a doubt that I ve read something unique If you re looking for something original I would definitely suggest you give this book a try.The fact that symbolism permeates the e Weird isweird.All the birds in the sky isa whimsical novel Okay, it is freaking weird, which was a positive thing for me, but I can see why not everybody would enjoy it It s definitely not a book I would recommend to everyone, in spite of the fact that I did enjoy it a lot.The positive thing is that I can say without a doubt that I ve read something unique If you re looking for something original I would definitely suggest you give this book a try.The fact that symbolism permeates the entire book is pretty much evident I can t say much without spoiling the book for you, but All the birds in the sky explores the conflict between nature and science in a clever way It was extremely interesting to see how the main characters were the embodiment of these different concepts and most of all how they interacted with each other.I admit I also liked how this conflict was handled And I must say that I m calling it a conflict because I do not know how to define it, but it is so much And Patricia and Laurence s relationship represented that well in its ups and downs both The author managed to turn a good idea into a good book, which is not easy and it s not something to take for granted either, especially when it comes to such a complex and modern topic.My only complaint is that I did not feel really involved on an emotional level I liked the book because it is weird you don t say LOL and clever and it does develop the original idea in the best possible way, but I did not love it, because of my lack of involvement flag 31 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Nov 29, 2016 Stevie Kincade rated it it was amazing Shelves reviewed, audiobooks, published 2016, best of 2016, fantasy Audiobook Wavering between 4 and 5 stars Let s go with 5 because it made a cynical, romance hating sceptic like me genuinely care about the relationship between our two protagonists I ve also come to realise giving half stars on Goodreads is slightly pretentious, since the half stars only exist in my heart gives many books half stars.The book starts with a Dr Doolittle child who can talk to the animals Once I had swallowed that particular plot point and continued with the story it mad Audiobook Wavering between 4 and 5 stars Let s go with 5 because it made a cynical, romance hating sceptic like me genuinely care about the relationship between our two protagonists I ve also come to realise giving half stars on Goodreads is slightly pretentious, since the half stars only exist in my heart gives many books half stars.The book starts with a Dr Doolittle child who can talk to the animals Once I had swallowed that particular plot point and continued with the story it made it much easier to digest any other fantastical element like say another child creating a sentient AI in his clothes cupboard I didn t particularly enjoy the start My main comment from the first 1 4 of the book was that the author seemed terribly impressed with how damn quirky she was being ALL THAT QUIRK Capital Z, ZANY sentences galore At that point I was only really continuing to find out what on Earth in this story had made Brad cry Note Only male reviewers sufficiently comfortable with their masculinity will admit to tearing up in a book I think I am personally vulnerable to Peter Kenny doing his choked up voice thing because the emotion feels totally genuine and comes straight through my headphones Damnit though if this book didn t sneak up on me and by the halfway point I was heavily invested, by the 3 4 mark I was all in Then everything seemed to be happening too fast and I was like what is going on don t Seveneves me Charlie Jane Then we got a satisfying possibly heart warming , if I wasn t such a jaded crankypants ending.There are 3 or 4 loose ends flopping around near the end of the book and while I should have, I never saw the twist coming There was one element of the story that I thought was not paid off as it should have been view spoiler Is a tree red Dunno Good enough WTF That s it Why bother It s not like our little Buddha achieved enlightenment pondering a Zen koan under a cherry tree hide spoiler especially compared to how every other plot element was carefully planned out and hinted at.The author practically prostrated herself at the altar of nerd and hipster culture In 2016 that doesn t mean dropping a comic book or TV reference, it means pandering to some of the tiniest micro communities on the web, so that when we recognise something we jump out of our seats and say HOLY SH TBALLS I KNOW THAT THING I guess I became conscious of it when she dropped an MC Frontalot reference Fist bump to any other Nerdcore Hiphop fans out there Shameless aggrandizement I have collaborated with Kabuto the Python who has collaborated with MC Frontalot so by one degree of separation I am in the book Someone stop me aggrandizing It was actually fairly distracting and made me wonder about the author s intent and lifestyle and not about the story I then noticed these appeals to other micro communities in gaming and geek culture that in my view failed to serve the story.A similar thing was going on with the humour Jokes were never dropped with a cymbal crash or slide whistle, they were always done in an I ll just leave this here , take it or leave it fashion While this helped the author avoid the embarrassment of a failed joke, the sheer volume of these joke type objects in orbit of our story became distracting I did finally laugh out loud at one though, when characters were described as inventing complicated drinking games for Terrance Malik movies I also enjoyed the chili induced hallucinations astral travel events So with these flaws, why give it 5 stars One word ambition I have to salute a book that wants to have a serious discussion duel between magic and science Hat tip to Brad again Now if you are like me you might be thinking magic and Science WTF, one is real and tangible and the other is made up bullshit Well then let s call it a discussion between mysticism spirituality and Science Good Science should leave the door open for things we can t explain and for subjective experience Intelligent spirituality should be based in reality ie on Science not Faith Any book that can comment on themes this weighty while creating memorable characters and story is to be admired in my book.The narrator of this audiobook Alyssa Bresnahan was fine I have basically nothing to say about the performance it never distracted or added anything extra to the book Unnoticeable is good It is a little hard to classify but I would call this a Fantasy and say it was the best Fantasy book I read this year flag 31 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Feb 16, 2016 Liam rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves fantasy, owned books, specfic group reads, 2016, bought 2016 So after a really promising first half, this book entirely fell apart for me in the second half.The concept was neat, the characters were great, but the plot was just what Maybe this is one of those situations where the impressiveness of the writing and the symbolism and all that shit has gone over my head, but I ve always been a strong believer in a story standing on its own merits without needing anything on top of it, and in the end the story this book was telling was while unique fan So after a really promising first half, this book entirely fell apart for me in the second half.The concept was neat, the characters were great, but the plot was just what Maybe this is one of those situations where the impressiveness of the writing and the symbolism and all that shit has gone over my head, but I ve always been a strong believer in a story standing on its own merits without needing anything on top of it, and in the end the story this book was telling was while unique fantastical to the point of absurdity.I have no problem with fantasy, or sci fi, obviously, since both are my most read genres, but this was just way too off the wall It also felt very lazy nothing was really explained, and so literally anything can and did happen.No from me, though I am apparently the dissenting voice on this flag 32 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Feb 26, 2016 Emma rated it did not like it Shelves magic, science fiction, ya The premise for this book could have workedbut, well it didn t I have enjoyed some really well written and engaging YA book This book read like a YA novel written by a tween flag 31 likesLike see review Feb 05, 2017 Snotchocheez rated it really liked it 3.5 starsCall it a hunch, but I d bet if Charlie Jane Anders All the Birds in the Sky published in January 2016 was written just one year later, it would have been a much darker, vastly poignant end times allegory than what this loopy, whimsical fantasy evinced I doubt Ms Anders back then had a clue a conspiracy theorist and global warming denier like DonaldTrump would be president Still, the novel resonates nicely, if a bit na vely I was pretty worried at the outset it would be y 3.5 starsCall it a hunch, but I d bet if Charlie Jane Anders All the Birds in the Sky published in January 2016 was written just one year later, it would have been a much darker, vastly poignant end times allegory than what this loopy, whimsical fantasy evinced I doubt Ms Anders back then had a clue a conspiracy theorist and global warming denier like DonaldTrump would be president Still, the novel resonates nicely, if a bit na vely I was pretty worried at the outset it would be yet another YA dippy fantasy, with the protagonists Patricia a young girl that finds she can communicate with birds and learns she is a witch and Laurence a boy trying to build a supercomputer out of discarded parts Both are mercilessly made fun of throughout school Patricia often referred to as the creepy emo bitch , Laurence routinely slimed in the dumpster They warily become friends, but mostly to alleviate boredom They grow apart when Patricia is spirited away from her home to attend Eltisley Maze, a witch academy, while Laurence ends up going to college at MIT Fast forward several years and in doing so, jettisoning the novel s YA cutesy twee ness to the San Francisco area, where Patricia and her coven are actively employing a combo of healing and trickster magic to thwart the ecological destruction of the planet Laurence, meanwhile, is employed with a start up company focused on creating a space travel device that makes use of anti gravity and worm holes and potentially has the effect ofyep destroying the planet You can see where this one s gonna go an epic showdown between eco terrorist witches and DIY tech nerd space travelers Yeah, pretty loopy premise, but if you don t let yourself get bogged down with the details and obvious implausibilities, Ms Anders unbridled imagination is quite fun to follow along with As I ve oft mentioned, SF and Fantasy are just not my thing s , but heck, nothing like a little end days escapism to distract us from the woes of real life Just watch out for the falling crap from all those birds in the sky flag 28 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Jul 14, 2015 Justine rated it it was amazing Shelves 2016 read, favourites 2016 All the Birds in the Sky is a very different book Part science fiction and part fantasy, it also has a feel of magical realism It follows the friendship of Patricia, a witch, and Laurence, a science genius, from middle school to adulthood.On the surface the story is about the collision of the worlds of magic and science set against the decline of both the natural world and society Embedded in that context is the personal story of friendship and love, what that means, and how it can take All the Birds in the Sky is a very different book Part science fiction and part fantasy, it also has a feel of magical realism It follows the friendship of Patricia, a witch, and Laurence, a science genius, from middle school to adulthood.On the surface the story is about the collision of the worlds of magic and science set against the decline of both the natural world and society Embedded in that context is the personal story of friendship and love, what that means, and how it can take time to truly appreciate The writing is very fresh and the tale is skillfully told by Anders as she makes these characters come to life This probably isn t a book for everyone, but I loved every minute of it.To give some context to my rating, here are the last three books I rated 5 stars flag 26 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Sep 23, 2015 Lindsay rated it really liked it A child of technology and science and child of nature and magic meet when they are children and then several times afterwards as they grow into adults and the world comes into conflict around them.Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead are outsiders and they fine common ground in that as children, even if the reasons they find themselves to be outsiders couldn t be further apart As they become adults they come into contact again and again, sometimes as friends, other times as adversaries They A child of technology and science and child of nature and magic meet when they are children and then several times afterwards as they grow into adults and the world comes into conflict around them.Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead are outsiders and they fine common ground in that as children, even if the reasons they find themselves to be outsiders couldn t be further apart As they become adults they come into contact again and again, sometimes as friends, other times as adversaries They re constantly manipulated by others, but they re drawn together until the world itself is under threat.This was good, funny in parts and still tragic Elements of the childhoods of Patricia in particular, but Laurence as well is where I draw a comparison to fairytales Their parents are just a little too much caricature, and their cruelty just a little bit too over the top The story as well is quite simple I won t give it away here, but the required outcome is pretty obvious from part one and the actual way it happens is telegraphed from around the same point in the book.I d read of Charlie Jane Anders I think there s a lot to come here flag 26 likesLike see review Jun 29, 2015 Tammy rated it really liked it

The nitty gritty A strange and glorious story, whose quirky ideas and charming characters surprised me at every turn.

Patricia found herself still obsessing about Laurence, as she slid on knee high leather boots and a black babydoll dress with red sparkles and went to an Irish bar in the Financial District to put a curse on someone

Sometimes all your expectations go flying out the window when you actually sit down to read a book, and my experience with All the Birds in the Sky was just like

The nitty gritty A strange and glorious story, whose quirky ideas and charming characters surprised me at every turn.

Patricia found herself still obsessing about Laurence, as she slid on knee high leather boots and a black babydoll dress with red sparkles and went to an Irish bar in the Financial District to put a curse on someone

Sometimes all your expectations go flying out the window when you actually sit down to read a book, and my experience with All the Birds in the Sky was just like that This book isn t so much about plot as it is about the relationships between the characters and how that relationship is constantly changing I m not sure everyone will love this book as much as I did, because it s different from every other SFF book out there, and different is often misunderstood But Anders fascinating ideas and lovable characters have earned her a place on my must read list This is also a thoughtful story that explores themes such as preserving life on Earth no matter what the cost, nature versus technology, and the delicate balance of friendship Throw in the fact that this was just so much fun to read, and I came to care about Patricia and Laurence so much that I was fully invested in how things would turn out for them.

Patricia and Laurence meet in middle school, a bad time for both of them, as they are bullied terribly by their peers They also have less than ideal home lives, but in different ways Patricia s parents are strict and punish her for the slightest offense, but it s Patricia s sister Roberta who is her biggest tormentor When Patricia tells her parents that she can understand and speak to animals, they lock her in her bedroom and feed her only enough to keep her alive Patricia s greatest wish is to leave home and study to be a witch after she has a magical encounter in the forest, and she eventually manages to do just that.

Laurence is the epitome of a geek, ridiculously gifted in math and science and misunderstood in every way possible He s constructed a two second time machine, which can send him forward two seconds into the future, just enough to avoid pummeling by the worst bullies at school His parents are even worse than Patricia s, if you can believe it They hate that he spends so much time on the computer, and so they force him to participate in dangerous outdoor activities, which he hates When they throw him in military school for an unjustified offense, Laurence finally decides enough is enough.

The beginnings of their friendship if you can even call it that are rocky, but over the years they manage to run into each other over and over, as if fate were trying to keep them together, and as time goes by, they grow closer and closer Laurence eventually becomes a brilliant scientist and is hired to work on a top secret project that could save the human race, while Patricia, who has graduated from her witch school, now performs healing spells on unsuspecting people Both are doing their best to help humankind, but something sinister is brewing just below the surface.

One of my favorite things about this book is the way Patricia and Laurence interact, and those interactions are never what you expect They don t like each other very much in middle school, although they are drawn together because they are both outsiders The story skips ahead ten years, and the two meet again as adults, each pursuing separate careers This is when their relationship really starts to change and grow Even though they are both on very different paths Laurence is using science to make the world a better place, while Patricia wields magic once again, their Labyrinthine history brings them closer together But their relationship is far from smooth, and in addition to the enjoyable times they spend together, and the many philosophical discussions they have, misunderstandings and even betrays eventually drive them apart.

They do, however, share a nemesis, a sinister man named Mr Rose who disguises himself as a guidance counselor during their middle school days He s convinced that Laurence and Patricia are the key to the end of the world, and he does everything in his power to stop them from fulfilling their destiny I loved the creepy quality he brings to the story, and you re never sure if he s actually trying to protect the world against Laurence and Patricia, or whether he has an ulterior motive.

Anders brings so many cool ideas to this story, and if there s one thing you can say about All the Birds in the Sky, it s that it s completely unpredictable Each new idea is better than the last, and by then end of the story I found myself wanting to live in this world For example, when Laurence first meets Patricia, he s building an AI computer in his bedroom closet, which he s teaching to be sentient I loved this AI to pieces, especially because Patricia plays a big part in its development.

Anders also introduces us to the Caddy, an iPod like tablet that is as ubiquitous as the smart phone is in our world Caddies do lots of things, but their main purpose is to make your life better, by steering you towards opportunities like meeting the right people, catching a bus before the rain starts, or helping you avoid potential accidents The author is clearly poking fun at our obsession with phones and tablets, and I loved how when Patricia decides to stop using hers, her life takes a turn for the worse.

Anders prose seems simple and straightforward, but put all those simple and straightforward sentences together and you have a wonderfully quirky style that reminded me a lot of Kelly Link s In a mere three hundred or so pages, Anders packs her story full of five hundred pages worth of ideas and character development, and while some readers may think all these different elements are nothing than a jumble of disparate ideas, Anders manages to get everything under control by the end of the story Odd and unexpected, wondrous and strange, All the Birds in the Sky is an epic story of two people who may or may not have been destined to meet.

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flag 23 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 28, 2015 j rated it it was amazing Shelves 2015 You re probably going to be hearing a lot about this book flag 24 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Feb 23, 2016 Rob rated it liked it Shelves sword and laser, fantasy, read 2016, author female Executive Summary I found this book incredibly hard to read at times, yet somehow hard to put down at the same time I tore through it in only a few days fast for me and I m still not sure how I feel about it 3.25 Stars Maybe 3.5 Full Review I was familiar with Charlie Jane Anders from i09 I knew she had a book coming out this year, but I wasn t really planning to read it I can t say why, probably because I already have so many other books I want to read.I was interested to see how this Executive Summary I found this book incredibly hard to read at times, yet somehow hard to put down at the same time I tore through it in only a few days fast for me and I m still not sure how I feel about it 3.25 Stars Maybe 3.5 Full Review I was familiar with Charlie Jane Anders from i09 I knew she had a book coming out this year, but I wasn t really planning to read it I can t say why, probably because I already have so many other books I want to read.I was interested to see how this book would turn out The answer for me was largely depressing I spent a few years reading dark fantasy, before burning out on it This isn t really in the same category, but it s definitely not what I d consider a fun book.This seems to be a tale of two halves I seem to have a few friends who like me found the first half of this book incredibly difficult to read through, and not very enjoyable, but found the second half better Then there are others who seemed to love the first half and not the second It goes to show you how books often speak differently to people.Laurence and Patricia were interesting characters, but hard to like at times I was sympathetic to their horrible upbringing, but their actions often left me confused They often seemed to make matters worse Maybe it s because while I had my issues growing up, it was nothing like Ms Anders subjects them too I really feel bad for anyone who has a childhood remotely like theirs, and consider myself lucky that I didn t.Normally a book I read this fast would be an easy 5 star rating for me, but I found myself so conflicted for much of the story I very much liked the idea of mixing magic and engineering That s right in my wheelhouse I would categorize this book as pure fantasy in a modern or near future setting though The engineer may be based on sound principles I can t speak to that myself , but you won t get much explanation about what Laurence and his friends are doing I think that s for the best though There is enough going on here without mixing hard sci fi in too.I liked this book I didn t love it I really don t enjoy depressing stories, and I found this far depressing than something like The Magicians, which is pretty up there too I think if the first part of the story had been a lot less cringe inducing for me it would have been a solid 4 for me.I enjoyed the ending, though it felt a bit rushed I would have liked time spent on the big reveal rather than just the final few chapters I saw part of it coming, but I think the ending might have been stronger if it was revealed a bit earlier on.Overall I think this is one of those books where people may enjoy one half than the other If like me you don t enjoy the first part, you might enjoy the second half better I m glad this was chosen for the March Sword Laser because I probably wouldn t have read it otherwise I will definitely pay attention if Ms Anders releases another book flag 22 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 01, 2015 Robyn rated it really liked it Shelves 2016 Witty, compelling near future story of science versus magic Great if you ve ever spent any time in San Francisco s tech scene a near perfect portrait Lots of fun flag 22 likesLike see review View all 23 comments Jan 05, 2016 Thomas Wagner rated it really liked it Full review coming flag 23 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity 21st Century Lite All the Birds Part Three and Four and Entire Book 28 26 Aug 08, 2017 10 33PM SciFi and Fantasy All the Birds in the Sky Full Discussion Spoilers 33 110 Jul 31, 2017 08 08AM Tournament of Books All the Birds in the Sky 32 180 Mar 11, 2017 07 23PM Around the Year i All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders 7 35 Mar 11, 2017 06 07PM More topics Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed.



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This is one weirdass book A good kind of weird, but it definitely isn t for everyone.

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I hated this book.If you want the epic rant, read on but beware profanity and spoilers.

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Indestructible Or to put it in milder terms, I just got ran over by a mac truck This 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 fiction.I guess I kinda liked it.It s a lot than a magical realism novel, and it s no experiment There s nothing unreadable about it and it doesn t have t

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Will Byrnes

Self awareness paradoxically requires 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 bul

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Darth J

ImpressiveSo I kinda loved this We have 2 junior high outcasts named Patricia and Laurence, both painfully geeky and both destined to change the world.

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Hannah Greendale

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.

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Maxwell

Eek I gave it 85 pages, but I can t keep reading this book The writing is pretty bad It s stilted and unnatural, especially the dialogue I can t get past the writing style to actually enjoy what s happening in the story And because the novel is a weird mash up of science fiction and fantasy and I m not sure if that s just accepted in this world because neither of the main characters is fazed by anything magical or inexplicable happening it was difficult to get situated in the goings on of t

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Book Riot Community

There are novels that come along and utterly change how you think about fiction They challenge you, they charge you, they fire you deep into the shadowed spaces within yourself that you could only previously grasp By the end, you simply feel entrenched, like you somehow exist deeper in this beautiful, insane world we inhabit, and can better understand the connections between everyone who lives on it The last novel to do this to me was Among Others by Jo Walton, and I m thrilled to say Anders

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Althea Ann

Book club selection for this month.As I started this, I wasn t sure if Anders sense of humor was going to gel with mine, but after a bit, I actually really got into it Actually, it might ve been my favorite part of the book lighthearted portrayals of over the top awfulness that although on one level absurd, on another level ring heartbreakingly true The first part of the book reminded me in feel of Jo Walton s Among Others,

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Matthew Quann

As a reader, every once and a while a book comes along that charms the living daylights out of you All the Birds in the Sky surprised, astounded, and captivated me in equal measures Unfortunately, when a book is this good it makes it almost too difficult to review there s little to be said that the novel won t say for itself If you think you might like this novel, read it All the Birds in the Sky s hook is that it is a story that blends sci fi and fantasy I got the impression prior to my r

thumbnail Title: All the Birds in the Sky
Author:Charlie Jane Anders
ISBN :0765379945
ranting: 3.5
Reviewer: 8 Reviews
Description: A novel about the end of the world and the beginning of our futureChildhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious ci

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