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** spoiler alert ** Very realistic and often real technology makes the plausibility of the story intense and thought provoking. Some of the later technology may get a little far-fetched, much is still conceivably near-future, but Saurez also seems to be setting up the premise for the terrifying prospect of unrestrained intelligent weapon design and building opposition to an AI that is more intriguing than frightening at first. That said, I was very disappointed by the lack of resolution in this book, I think Saurez was right in planning for a sequel and it can't come too soon, but tying up some loose ends and bringing in at least a little closure would have left me feeling much better about this book. The way that it builds to what seems to be the beginning of the resolution and then leaves you hanging with more questions than you started with is frustrating, to say the least.
A charming, atmospheric story about a New England mansion with a nasty past. Wizards and witch trials, grimalkin and evil portrait: you can find them all after plodding through somewhat long-winded passages. A patient mood is a must. Also, can I just say that Hepzibah is a seriously intense name?