Here is a rough draft of what i would like to post in am a zon. It is too long. Any helpful suggestions, for my way too long book review?
Walking into a novel can be like a journey into the unkown. The title might give a hint as to what may follow, and certainly, along with the first sentence or paragraph, like trying a new kind of cuisine, is the first impression of what may follow the overall experience of the senses one is engaged in.
Thieves Emporium is like that. The title, and the first words spoke to me. I’m a mother, like so many of us are, and also a single parent, with sole responsibility in all ways, forever, unless things change for the better. I enjoyed the opening of the novel, the characters, because of this. I could relate.
The novel, the words that followed, surprisingly connected random dots for me, of which there were many. The future world, which didn’t seem so very distant anymore. Due to the notion of limited natural resources, such as oil, gas, wood, water, combined with political and governmental inadequacies in serving the public; transparency in the dissemination of information and news, technology, and its program, and the idea of community and trust: Max Hernandez has the gift not only to speak to these current affairs, yet also to make them user-friendly.
The concept of user-friendly is one that is important to me. Throughout the novel, technology is a means, and is, at the same time, an end. There is little way in between. Max ensures the technologically challenged (like I am) the advantage of understanding the language. He explains in detail to the reader of any demographic, how technology can be your master, your slave, or your friend.
There is some violence in Thieves Emporium, just as there is even violence in the systems to which we belong. Thieves Emporium explores these in different aspects, from the personal, to the social, to the environmental. The story helps to help ourselves place us somewhere in there, into, maybe, an enhanced knowledge of who we are, where we are, and where are we going.
I would like to see into the future sometimes. Who would not? Just so that I could help myself put one foot in front of the other, hopefully in the right direction. For me, Thieves Emporium opens doors, asks questions, and even hints at answers.
What will happen in the lives of Fawn and her children tomorrow is what I want to know.
I have the feeling someone in the Emporium knows.