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Sing it, Scott

By Stable, author of The Archive Of Unusual Events

Sep 30, 2016: One description of Unsong could be theology students as computer hackers, if the computer was a geocentric universe powered by the names of God and the hacking was essentially magic.

So: The universe is slowly falling apart, the devil is a major player in world politics (who is upfront about his wish to kill you now and then torture you forever), God is missing and the best chance humanity has to keep power in this new world (the names of God) is monopolised by some shifty corporations like the titular Unsong. Luckily there are a few plucky young Americans out to shake things up.

This story is told intelligently and often hilariously, although your enjoyment if you don’t like puns is likely to be in the negatives, as most of the world seems to have become pun-based (or at least free-association) rather than physics-based. The writing is great and I’m really enjoying where the plot is going so far. The comments section can be pretty entertaining too. The characters and ideas are brilliantly original and I’ve not really encountered a story like this before – probably the closest is the Beginner’s Guide To Magical Site Licensing.

The only real complaint I have is that I don’t think anyone but Americans is going to have a major part in any world-saving that goes on, despite this being a global problem. Most of the rest of the world are represented by diplomats who’d rather chat with the literal incarnation of evil than do much useful, although we are starting to get out of the fragmented remains of the US and into the rest of the world, so there’s time for that to change. Russia is full of devils and Mexico is one big drug-based bizarrity though, so don’t expect much from them.

Still, I really recommend this story. That goes double if you like puns with an exponential increase if you like any of angels, kabbala, odd references to pop culture and/or depictions of hell that aren’t based around bureaucracies and bad office jobs. And this review hasn’t even covered half of what goes on.

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