Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Kowal's reply:
I just finished reading The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke and absolutely loved it. It's a science fiction novel that is about a young girl who is raised with an android for a tutor. What I find remarkable about the book is that the story stays intimate and never veers into The Fate of the World. In many ways, it feels more like mainstream women's fiction than classic SF. At the same time, it uses the SF lens to explore real issues of self and personhood in ways that I don't think would be possible without the science-fictional concepts in it.Visit Mary Robinette Kowal's website, Facebook page, and Twitter perch.
By focusing so tightly on one person and her journey, it gave a real sense of the wider world. Plus, I thought the language was hypnotic, which is always welcome. It just pulled me through the book.
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