Shelf Control

Shelf Control – 10-07-19

Shelf Control is a meme run by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies.  It is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves.  Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up!

For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post.


I’m tackling my unread books in order of acquisition, looking at the books that have been sat on my shelf the longest.

i still dream

  • Title: I Still Dream
  • Author: James Smythe
  • Published: 2018
  • Length: 400 pages
  • Bought / acquired: 22 August 2018

What’s It About?

1997.

17-year-old Laura Bow has invented a rudimentary artificial intelligence, and named it Organon. At first it’s intended to be a sounding-board for her teenage frustrations, a surrogate best friend; but as she grows older, Organon grows with her.

As the world becomes a very different place, technology changes the way we live, love and die; massive corporations develop rival intelligences to Laura’s, ones without safety barriers or morals; and Laura is forced to decide whether to share her creation with the world. If it falls into the wrong hands, she knows, its power could be abused. But what if Organon is the only thing that can stop humanity from hurting itself irreparably?

I Still Dream is a powerful tale of love, loss and hope; a frightening, heartbreakingly human look at who we are now – and who we can be, if we only allow ourselves.


Why Do I Want to Read It?

I love James Smythe’s writing, and particularly enjoyed No Harm Can Come to a Good Man and The Machine.  I think that this novel sounds fascinating, and it’s one that is particularly relevant given the seemingly endless developments in technology.  I’m excited by the reviews I’ve read of this novel, and I plan to read it soon.

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