Librarian no Chronist and other Stories

Overview

A work in the spirit of "Kino's Journey" (Kino no Tabi) light novels and Ted Chiang's mind boggling short stories.

What is like to be a librarian? The answers, in form of short stories, involve self-reference, feedback loops, symmetry and dualisms. The start of a journey of self-knowledge, a travel across worlds where form and meaning literally swap roles.

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Overview

A work in the spirit of "Kino's Journey" (Kino no Tabi) light novels and Ted Chiang's mind boggling short stories.

What is like to be a librarian? The answers, in form of short stories, involve self-reference, feedback loops, symmetry and dualisms. The start of a journey of self-knowledge, a travel across worlds where form and meaning literally swap roles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781470174279
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/7/2012
  • Pages: 134
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.29 (d)

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    Very nice collection of short stories with a taste ala eastern p

    Very nice collection of short stories with a taste ala eastern philosophy (Taoism, etc).
    What is like to be a librarian?
    The response leads to several stories where self-reference, symmetric events, moral and even time-travel happen. It is difficult to review a collection of short stories because unlike novels, collection of stories are multi-facetic and difficult to put together under some few adjectives.
    The book is very philosophical but more like a light read about the wonders of life than a heavy treatise on human reason. There is a very beautiful story about the Book of Ages (This is the story of your life - Your life is not this story) that reminded me of Ray Bradbury's Illustrated Man, there are some very well-written prosopoems that feel like haikus slightly larger than normal. I also like how the author uses subtlety to add ambivalent feautures to some conclusions.
    The characters (not all of them though) are passionate and seem to hold hope even when everything is against them. It reminds to when Pandora opened the Box and all the evil got out and she found hope at the bottom of the Box. So if you like light stories with a bit of eastern philosophy you will love this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Collection of Buddhism/Zen inspired short stories about moral, f

    Collection of Buddhism/Zen inspired short stories about moral, free will, time-travel, etc. The begginning of the book goes: "Imagine a multidimensional spider's web in the early morning covered with dew drops. And every dew drop contains the reflection of all the other dew drops. And, in each reflected dew drop, the reflections of all the other dew drops in that reflection. And so ad infinitum". This is about an Eastern notion that states that the nature of reality is interpenetration and recursion (things made of little copies of itself) and self-similarity. In an imitation of this definition, the content of the books turns back on itself and deals with stories where symmetric events (or ending) happen, where infinite regress and loops abound both subtly and in visible form, where moral codes are symmetric and the world is strange just like in the Kino's Journey series.

    Stories about time-travel, moral choices, goodness and badness, identity and the fleetingness that time causes are some of the themes that Librarian no Chronist features in a light way. And so, you have a person that tries to forget how to forget, a person after a book that contains the present time-line, persons fighting their future selves and characters that try to convince their authors to stop trying to talk to them.
    A nice collection of context-twisted (no horror or similar) stories where entanglement is the natural state of things. Go for it, you won't regret it!

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