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When you need a memory to be wiped, call me. Transferring unwanted memories to my own mind is the only form of magic I've ever mastered. But now I'm holding so many memories, I'm not always sure which ones are actually mine anymore. Some of them are sensitive; all of them are private. And there are those who are willing to kill to access the secrets I'm trying to bury....

©2015 K. J. Parker (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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Good, clever story

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A clever story with a very interesting concept. Because of the nature of this particular idea, it includes a very unreliable narrator and a twisty story you have to pay attention to. I can’t really say more because it would give away too much, and key to enjoying this story is, I think, to know as little about it as possible going in.

The main character really isn’t at all likeable, but I still found myself sympathising for him and rooting for him at points, which is a sign of how well it's written. I think a novella is the perfect length for this story and also for this character, because any longer might become infuriating. His actions sometimes seem utterly stupid, and though this is explained by the ending, it can be frustrating at points throughout the story. I can’t help feeling that the clever concept itself sometimes got in the way of really getting to know the character fully, but still, this was a good story, twisty and clever, sometimes brutal and sometimes darkly funny, and had a satisfying end.

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The narrator is brilliant, and I think captures the main character well. I enjoyed listening to this, but I think this might be one of those that works better in book form, overall. Or perhaps as both kindle version and audio, as that allows you to control the pace in a way that is more suited to you, or to flip back a bit easier if you need to.

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  • Brandi Donathan
  • 16-07-16

Highest recommendations

This one isn't for everybody, but it was definitely for me. The characterization was fantastic and the twist is masterful.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-04-16

This Is A GREAT Story

Having finished this story I'm glad I bought it. Lack of writen reviews put me on the fence and hearing it to the end made me want to re-listen to again . It's that good 1 word that can summarize this story is "Karma" with a twist. The narrator delivered it very well.

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  • RYLAND
  • 22-03-16

A discomforting build-up of bad memories

The latest read in my novella reading spree, and I have to say, I'm starting to form the opinion that novellas are the best, though yes, of course, it would depend on the story being told. Regardless, this was an excellent experience for my reading preferences, and I'm now impatient to read another story by K. J. Parker. This novella is a close character study of a despicable jerk with the ability to take people's memories away and make them his own. Not the kind of book you'll come away feeling happy about, especially after the last lines regarding how evil and ruinous love is and other such (I really want to quote those lines but they were the climax all of the events of the novella were building towards and I recommend you go experience that build-up yourself), but I did come away very satisfied with the twists and the follow through on every narrative thread and character flaw. Highly recommended for its exploration of memory manipulation, especially if you enjoy stories which follow the morally damned yet fascinating.