The Persistence of Memory (Mnevermind 1)

The Persistence of Memory (Mnevermind 1)

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by Jordan Castillo Price
     
 
Every day, Daniel Schroeder breaks his father�s heart.

While forgetting your problems won�t solve them, it does seem like it would make life a heck of a lot easier. Daniel thought so once. Now he knows better. He and Big Dan have always been close, which makes it all the more difficult to break the daily news: the last five years were nothing like his father

Overview

Every day, Daniel Schroeder breaks his father�s heart.

While forgetting your problems won�t solve them, it does seem like it would make life a heck of a lot easier. Daniel thought so once. Now he knows better. He and Big Dan have always been close, which makes it all the more difficult to break the daily news: the last five years were nothing like his father remembers.

They�re both professionals in the memory field�they even run their own memory palace. So shouldn�t they be able to figure out a way to overwrite the persistent false memory that�s wreaking havoc on both of their lives? Daniel thought he was holding it together, but the situation seems to be sliding out of control. Now even his own equipment has turned against him, reminding him he hasn�t had a date in ages by taunting him with flashes of an elusive man in black that only he can see.

Is it some quirk of the circuitry, or is Daniel headed down the same path to fantasy-land as his old man?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014504379
Publisher:
JCP Books LLC
Publication date:
05/03/2012
Series:
Mnevermind , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
662,399
File size:
731 KB

Meet the Author

Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price is the owner of JCP Books LLC. She writes paranormal, horror and thriller novels from her isolated and occasionally creepy home in rural Wisconsin. Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who's plagued by ghostly visitations. She's also conjured the vampire road-trip series Channeling Morpheus, a wild, sexy ride that's unflinchingly gritty.

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The Persistence of Memory (Mnevermind 1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
KendraT More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. While this book had a lot of technical terms and a language all its own that made me stop and try to figure out exactly what mnems and mnemology is, it was so fascinating! This was such an interesting concept!! I was very intrigued about how it all worked, and with how Elijah was able to communicate with Daniel. My heart broke for Daniel as we learned about his parents and the daily struggle he has to endure due to a mistake he blames himself for. There is a lot of heart in this book, mushed in between the technical speak. Although the technical speak was difficult at times, I think it was very necessary to truly get an understanding of such a different concept. I am normally not a huge fan of unresolved books, but when they are continued and available immediately after finishing the first book, it makes me a happy reader! This book was written from Daniel's point of view and I am looking forward to learning more about Elijah and what makes him tick. I very much want to read the next books in the series. :-)
VVivacious More than 1 year ago
This book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review. This book blew my mind away. It was that good. In fact, it was so good it was incredible. I think in some ways all of us are intrigued by the concept of dreams and memories, and seeing it all presented in the form of mnems in this book was so different and amazing. A mnem is like a dream except more logical and structured like a memory, except they fade away with time to the extent that it is almost impossible to figure out what you actually mnemed about. But unlike dreams or memories a mnem is induced so there is someone with you who sets up your start, midway through and end points and you conjure up the substance of the mnem. And this book is set in the background of mnems. Daniel Schroeder runs a shop as a mnemographer (he is basically the person in-charge of setting up the points and bringing you out of the mnem). And one day he walks into a mnem to meet someone, who is just as real as him and in no way a part of the subject's imagination. Elijah has a very mysterious introduction into the book but his personality fits in quite seamlessly into the book. Daniel is one overburdened individual. His life reads like a middle age crisis. His shop is no longer turning a profit and that's why he needs to work another job. On top of it, his family situation is beyond complicated. But I was very endeared to Daniel, I guess because his lack of self-worth in a world which is just not spinning his way is extremely relatable. I loved all the characters in this- Big Dan with his persistent mnem, Carlotta and all her insight, Larry with his mountain-load of ideas, Aunt Pipsie and her fortitude, Ken and his camaraderie (which was quite unexpected but delightful nonetheless) and all the mnem-ers with their experiences. This book puts the D in different. It is just such an unthinkable concept and at the same time feels completely plausible. And the chemistry between Elijah and Daniel was steaming despite their glitches. And best of all, for all intents and purposes this book reads like a biography of Daniel's life and it feels so real. I loved the book. It had great characters, an awesome concept, incredible writing and a great storyline with a genuineness which seems impossible for a science fiction but seamlessly blends the romance with the technology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
**The author provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.** Daniel Schroeder is very much not on the road to success. His mnem palace, where he sells artificial memories, has seen better days and lacks costumers, Daniel's working himself thin on two jobs, and his love-life... well, there isn't much of a love-life to speak of. And that's not even the worst of it. Daniel wanted to start a big career in memorysmithing, creating his own mnems. But the mnem he gave his father for testing went persistent – making his father forget his own divorce over and over again. Mnems are not supposed to do that, usually the memory dissolves after a few hours or a day. Now Daniel has to give his dad the mom's-not-here speech day in, day out. Just as he has found kind of a routine – miserable, but familiar – something changes: Suddenly a strange guy in a long black coat turns up in the mnems, a guy only Daniel can see. Tempering with memories isn't exactly a new sci-fi trope. It might even be one of the most used tropes in science and speculative fiction. But it's a trope that still intrigues me – that' probably the reason why I've read so many stories about similar stuff. What I didn't really get here: Why would anyone spend good money and four hours of their time for memories that fade away after just a few hours? In four hours time they could be out there, actually doing stuff, creating *real* memories that last a lifetime. But then again, I'm the one who never understood people's fascination with computer games and simulated realities - outside of stories. However I ended up liking sci-fi and cyberpunk so much, it remains a mystery. Anyhow, back to "The Persistence of Memory". There isn't much of a plot here. But we get entertaining and engaging characters. I liked Daniel's voice; while he's not my favourite of JCP's characters (that will forever be Vic, I guess), I enjoyed his attitude. Larry was a real sweetheart, a huge delight to read. And while Elijah remained mostly a mystery, due to the little stage-time he had, he's a promising character with a lot of potential for the sequels. I generally like JCP's sense of homour and her writing style a lot, and "The Persistence of Memory" didn't let me down in this respect. Also, shout-outs for m/m stories with 40+ characters. The interaction between the characters, especially between Daniel and his dad, Big Dan, felt real. The mnem technology appeared well thought out, omitting unnecessary info-dumb. All in all an entertaining read and I'm looking forward to the sequels. It's a bit hard to rate, 'cause we only get a part of the story here, but I had my fun reading it
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Sandra027 More than 1 year ago
How does she come up with this stuff?!? You would think all the technical talk would be boring, but as someone who is frequently guilty of skimming, I can honestly say I read every line with wrapped enjoyment. It's such an interesting concept, that people pay for "experiences" that they don't even remember, but that their brain retains and therefor leaves them feeling better, more confident, sexier, etc. I loved how he was constantly checking his hand for the mnevermind mark to make sure what was happening was real, it reminded me of the movie Memento where he tattoos notes to himself on his body. I loved Elijah, he reminded me of Ryan Gosling's character from the movie Lars and the Real Girl. So perfectly awkward and painfully adorable.