I really liked the technopagan spin to this storyline. Over the years I’ve read a lot of spins on witchwork and magic. But surprisingly none that use computers as the linchpin of the magic. Especially not coding which can bring the dead back to life…and I ate it all up. Which means that I have to exercise self-control (yet again) to not buy the following novels.
I understand the pressure and stress of trying to get a ridiculously ambitious project done in a much shorter amount of time than desirable. After all, like the characters in this short story, I too am a PhD student. The fact that this tale of the pressures of being a postgrad student intertwines with murder, mayhem and magic just made me connect all the quicker with the characters and the storyline.
I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with technology. I think it’s amazing, fantastic and great, but it also worries me more than a little. So it was kind of fun to read a short story that used this fear and ideas to create a more contemporary tale of dark fantasy and dark magic.
It seems like every week there is a new way that technology is helping us to understand the world around us. From flying drones to genetic testing, advances in technology are allowing us to see the world in a new light and new ways. This month, the wonders of technology have helped us to better understand Boobies, predatory seabirds who feed on squid and fish.