Mem

Mem

Set in the glittering art deco world of a century ago, MEM makes one slight alteration to history: a scientist in Montreal discovers a method allowing people to have their memories extracted from their minds, whole and complete. The Mems exist as mirror-images of their source ? zombie-like creatures destined to experience that singular memory over and over, until they expi Set in the glittering art deco world of a century ago, MEM makes one slight alteration to history: a scientist in Montr...

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Title:Mem
Author:Bethany C. Morrow
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:MEM
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:184 pages pages

Mem Reviews

  • Rincey
    Jun 04, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

  • Y.Z.
    Mar 28, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

    densely packed, thinker?s sci-fi?as lovely and delicate and infinitely capacious as a flower that unfolds forever. ...

    This slim novel packs a huge philosophical punch. At times it feels a little too blatantly moralistic, but in general the author does a fantastic job of weaving together threads of ethics and empathy into describing the life of an entity that challenges the parameters of the technology...

    Hat tip to the Lawrence Public Library Book Squad podcast for recommending this, I hadn't heard of it before. It's a really interesting concept, of memories that can be extracted (a la Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but the memories live as fully formed people or mems. It's set in t...

    *received an ARC for review* I'm not quite sure what I read. I'm sure I liked it, and I'm sure I'm a little confused and need to unpack the story, but this is definitely an intriguing sci fi with a hell of a lot of depth for such a short length. ...

    A delightful story with an unusual setting! Trying not to include spoilers, but I really like the meditation on how experiences are nothing without self-reflection. I appreciate the wonderful architectural details too. ...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Jun 20, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

  • Kathleen Flynn
    Jun 17, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

    densely packed, thinker?s sci-fi?as lovely and delicate and infinitely capacious as a flower that unfolds forever. ...

    This slim novel packs a huge philosophical punch. At times it feels a little too blatantly moralistic, but in general the author does a fantastic job of weaving together threads of ethics and empathy into describing the life of an entity that challenges the parameters of the technology...

    Hat tip to the Lawrence Public Library Book Squad podcast for recommending this, I hadn't heard of it before. It's a really interesting concept, of memories that can be extracted (a la Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but the memories live as fully formed people or mems. It's set in t...

    *received an ARC for review* I'm not quite sure what I read. I'm sure I liked it, and I'm sure I'm a little confused and need to unpack the story, but this is definitely an intriguing sci fi with a hell of a lot of depth for such a short length. ...

    A delightful story with an unusual setting! Trying not to include spoilers, but I really like the meditation on how experiences are nothing without self-reflection. I appreciate the wonderful architectural details too. ...

    After witnessing a gruesome car accident, nineteen-year-old Dolores undergoes an experimental procedure to have the memory of it surgically removed. The process of extracting the memory creates a "Mem": a physical duplicate of the person who experienced that memory. Mems are living, br...

    I was intrigued to read a story about the fictional handling of the notion of removing unwanted memories, terrain also explored evocatively in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." This, unlike that, has the additional difficulty of being told from the point of view of one of the ex...

  • Rachel (rachandbooks)
    May 30, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

    densely packed, thinker?s sci-fi?as lovely and delicate and infinitely capacious as a flower that unfolds forever. ...

    This slim novel packs a huge philosophical punch. At times it feels a little too blatantly moralistic, but in general the author does a fantastic job of weaving together threads of ethics and empathy into describing the life of an entity that challenges the parameters of the technology...

    Hat tip to the Lawrence Public Library Book Squad podcast for recommending this, I hadn't heard of it before. It's a really interesting concept, of memories that can be extracted (a la Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but the memories live as fully formed people or mems. It's set in t...

    *received an ARC for review* I'm not quite sure what I read. I'm sure I liked it, and I'm sure I'm a little confused and need to unpack the story, but this is definitely an intriguing sci fi with a hell of a lot of depth for such a short length. ...

    A delightful story with an unusual setting! Trying not to include spoilers, but I really like the meditation on how experiences are nothing without self-reflection. I appreciate the wonderful architectural details too. ...

    After witnessing a gruesome car accident, nineteen-year-old Dolores undergoes an experimental procedure to have the memory of it surgically removed. The process of extracting the memory creates a "Mem": a physical duplicate of the person who experienced that memory. Mems are living, br...

    I was intrigued to read a story about the fictional handling of the notion of removing unwanted memories, terrain also explored evocatively in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." This, unlike that, has the additional difficulty of being told from the point of view of one of the ex...

    There have been times where I wish I could forget. Imagine if you could, but doing so would result in a living breathing replica of you at that moment? Would your memory last or expire right away? Elsie lasts, and her story is about self-discovery. I'd say more, but think you should di...

    In a parallel version of 1920s Montreal, memories can be extracted and encapsulated into Mems. Dolores Extract 1 defies all expectations in that she is an enduring Mem, and able to retain large swaths of memories and formulate thoughts of her own. This is a slim novel, but thoughtful i...

    The writing is good, and the story was interesting, but I couldn't get over my discomfort with the original premise. Why would you make an entire person out of a *bad* memory? For bad memory removal, the straightforward "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" seems the way to go. For h...

    A hypnotic exploration of memory, identity, and what it means to be human, MEM is a book you won't be able to put down, or forget once the last page has been turned. Elsie is a Mem, or extracted memory. Her own first memories are of a lab, where she proved to be exceptional among he...

    4.5 - loved it! ...

    3 1/2 stars. Intriguing story that raises interesting questions: Who are we without our memories and our past trauma? What is the state of consciousness for our worst memories? I could have done without the romance and I didn't particularly connect with any of the characters eve...

    MEM is a wonderfully written sci-fi that will have you contemplating what it means to be human. Set in an alternate history of 1920, there is technology that allows people to ?remove? any memory they want. That piece of themselves becomes a MEM, an embodiment of that one event ...

    The concept for this book is very interesting, and the writing mechanics are good, but this book was lacking in a few areas for me. The most distracting area for me is that there was no discussion of the science in what I would categorize as a science fiction book. There was just a lib...

    Very neat concept and good execution! I enjoyed this debut and Morrow is an author I?m going to be keeping up with in the future. 3.5 stars. ...

  • Simone
    Sep 10, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

    densely packed, thinker?s sci-fi?as lovely and delicate and infinitely capacious as a flower that unfolds forever. ...

    This slim novel packs a huge philosophical punch. At times it feels a little too blatantly moralistic, but in general the author does a fantastic job of weaving together threads of ethics and empathy into describing the life of an entity that challenges the parameters of the technology...

    Hat tip to the Lawrence Public Library Book Squad podcast for recommending this, I hadn't heard of it before. It's a really interesting concept, of memories that can be extracted (a la Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but the memories live as fully formed people or mems. It's set in t...

  • Ericka Clouther
    Sep 13, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

    densely packed, thinker?s sci-fi?as lovely and delicate and infinitely capacious as a flower that unfolds forever. ...

    This slim novel packs a huge philosophical punch. At times it feels a little too blatantly moralistic, but in general the author does a fantastic job of weaving together threads of ethics and empathy into describing the life of an entity that challenges the parameters of the technology...

    Hat tip to the Lawrence Public Library Book Squad podcast for recommending this, I hadn't heard of it before. It's a really interesting concept, of memories that can be extracted (a la Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but the memories live as fully formed people or mems. It's set in t...

    *received an ARC for review* I'm not quite sure what I read. I'm sure I liked it, and I'm sure I'm a little confused and need to unpack the story, but this is definitely an intriguing sci fi with a hell of a lot of depth for such a short length. ...

    A delightful story with an unusual setting! Trying not to include spoilers, but I really like the meditation on how experiences are nothing without self-reflection. I appreciate the wonderful architectural details too. ...

    After witnessing a gruesome car accident, nineteen-year-old Dolores undergoes an experimental procedure to have the memory of it surgically removed. The process of extracting the memory creates a "Mem": a physical duplicate of the person who experienced that memory. Mems are living, br...

    I was intrigued to read a story about the fictional handling of the notion of removing unwanted memories, terrain also explored evocatively in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." This, unlike that, has the additional difficulty of being told from the point of view of one of the ex...

    There have been times where I wish I could forget. Imagine if you could, but doing so would result in a living breathing replica of you at that moment? Would your memory last or expire right away? Elsie lasts, and her story is about self-discovery. I'd say more, but think you should di...

    In a parallel version of 1920s Montreal, memories can be extracted and encapsulated into Mems. Dolores Extract 1 defies all expectations in that she is an enduring Mem, and able to retain large swaths of memories and formulate thoughts of her own. This is a slim novel, but thoughtful i...

    The writing is good, and the story was interesting, but I couldn't get over my discomfort with the original premise. Why would you make an entire person out of a *bad* memory? For bad memory removal, the straightforward "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" seems the way to go. For h...

  • Thomas
    Jun 14, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

  • Caroline Bock
    May 28, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

  • Amanda Leon
    Jun 23, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

    densely packed, thinker?s sci-fi?as lovely and delicate and infinitely capacious as a flower that unfolds forever. ...

    This slim novel packs a huge philosophical punch. At times it feels a little too blatantly moralistic, but in general the author does a fantastic job of weaving together threads of ethics and empathy into describing the life of an entity that challenges the parameters of the technology...

    Hat tip to the Lawrence Public Library Book Squad podcast for recommending this, I hadn't heard of it before. It's a really interesting concept, of memories that can be extracted (a la Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but the memories live as fully formed people or mems. It's set in t...

    *received an ARC for review* I'm not quite sure what I read. I'm sure I liked it, and I'm sure I'm a little confused and need to unpack the story, but this is definitely an intriguing sci fi with a hell of a lot of depth for such a short length. ...

    A delightful story with an unusual setting! Trying not to include spoilers, but I really like the meditation on how experiences are nothing without self-reflection. I appreciate the wonderful architectural details too. ...

    After witnessing a gruesome car accident, nineteen-year-old Dolores undergoes an experimental procedure to have the memory of it surgically removed. The process of extracting the memory creates a "Mem": a physical duplicate of the person who experienced that memory. Mems are living, br...

    I was intrigued to read a story about the fictional handling of the notion of removing unwanted memories, terrain also explored evocatively in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." This, unlike that, has the additional difficulty of being told from the point of view of one of the ex...

    There have been times where I wish I could forget. Imagine if you could, but doing so would result in a living breathing replica of you at that moment? Would your memory last or expire right away? Elsie lasts, and her story is about self-discovery. I'd say more, but think you should di...

    In a parallel version of 1920s Montreal, memories can be extracted and encapsulated into Mems. Dolores Extract 1 defies all expectations in that she is an enduring Mem, and able to retain large swaths of memories and formulate thoughts of her own. This is a slim novel, but thoughtful i...

    The writing is good, and the story was interesting, but I couldn't get over my discomfort with the original premise. Why would you make an entire person out of a *bad* memory? For bad memory removal, the straightforward "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" seems the way to go. For h...

    A hypnotic exploration of memory, identity, and what it means to be human, MEM is a book you won't be able to put down, or forget once the last page has been turned. Elsie is a Mem, or extracted memory. Her own first memories are of a lab, where she proved to be exceptional among he...

    4.5 - loved it! ...

    3 1/2 stars. Intriguing story that raises interesting questions: Who are we without our memories and our past trauma? What is the state of consciousness for our worst memories? I could have done without the romance and I didn't particularly connect with any of the characters eve...

  • Megan
    Sep 26, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

    densely packed, thinker?s sci-fi?as lovely and delicate and infinitely capacious as a flower that unfolds forever. ...

    This slim novel packs a huge philosophical punch. At times it feels a little too blatantly moralistic, but in general the author does a fantastic job of weaving together threads of ethics and empathy into describing the life of an entity that challenges the parameters of the technology...

    Hat tip to the Lawrence Public Library Book Squad podcast for recommending this, I hadn't heard of it before. It's a really interesting concept, of memories that can be extracted (a la Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but the memories live as fully formed people or mems. It's set in t...

    *received an ARC for review* I'm not quite sure what I read. I'm sure I liked it, and I'm sure I'm a little confused and need to unpack the story, but this is definitely an intriguing sci fi with a hell of a lot of depth for such a short length. ...

    A delightful story with an unusual setting! Trying not to include spoilers, but I really like the meditation on how experiences are nothing without self-reflection. I appreciate the wonderful architectural details too. ...

    After witnessing a gruesome car accident, nineteen-year-old Dolores undergoes an experimental procedure to have the memory of it surgically removed. The process of extracting the memory creates a "Mem": a physical duplicate of the person who experienced that memory. Mems are living, br...

  • Alexia Chantel
    Jun 14, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

    densely packed, thinker?s sci-fi?as lovely and delicate and infinitely capacious as a flower that unfolds forever. ...

    This slim novel packs a huge philosophical punch. At times it feels a little too blatantly moralistic, but in general the author does a fantastic job of weaving together threads of ethics and empathy into describing the life of an entity that challenges the parameters of the technology...

    Hat tip to the Lawrence Public Library Book Squad podcast for recommending this, I hadn't heard of it before. It's a really interesting concept, of memories that can be extracted (a la Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but the memories live as fully formed people or mems. It's set in t...

    *received an ARC for review* I'm not quite sure what I read. I'm sure I liked it, and I'm sure I'm a little confused and need to unpack the story, but this is definitely an intriguing sci fi with a hell of a lot of depth for such a short length. ...

    A delightful story with an unusual setting! Trying not to include spoilers, but I really like the meditation on how experiences are nothing without self-reflection. I appreciate the wonderful architectural details too. ...

    After witnessing a gruesome car accident, nineteen-year-old Dolores undergoes an experimental procedure to have the memory of it surgically removed. The process of extracting the memory creates a "Mem": a physical duplicate of the person who experienced that memory. Mems are living, br...

    I was intrigued to read a story about the fictional handling of the notion of removing unwanted memories, terrain also explored evocatively in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." This, unlike that, has the additional difficulty of being told from the point of view of one of the ex...

    There have been times where I wish I could forget. Imagine if you could, but doing so would result in a living breathing replica of you at that moment? Would your memory last or expire right away? Elsie lasts, and her story is about self-discovery. I'd say more, but think you should di...

    In a parallel version of 1920s Montreal, memories can be extracted and encapsulated into Mems. Dolores Extract 1 defies all expectations in that she is an enduring Mem, and able to retain large swaths of memories and formulate thoughts of her own. This is a slim novel, but thoughtful i...

    The writing is good, and the story was interesting, but I couldn't get over my discomfort with the original premise. Why would you make an entire person out of a *bad* memory? For bad memory removal, the straightforward "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" seems the way to go. For h...

    A hypnotic exploration of memory, identity, and what it means to be human, MEM is a book you won't be able to put down, or forget once the last page has been turned. Elsie is a Mem, or extracted memory. Her own first memories are of a lab, where she proved to be exceptional among he...

    4.5 - loved it! ...

    3 1/2 stars. Intriguing story that raises interesting questions: Who are we without our memories and our past trauma? What is the state of consciousness for our worst memories? I could have done without the romance and I didn't particularly connect with any of the characters eve...

    MEM is a wonderfully written sci-fi that will have you contemplating what it means to be human. Set in an alternate history of 1920, there is technology that allows people to ?remove? any memory they want. That piece of themselves becomes a MEM, an embodiment of that one event ...

  • Fiona
    Jun 20, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

  • Riley Redgate
    Feb 27, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

    densely packed, thinker?s sci-fi?as lovely and delicate and infinitely capacious as a flower that unfolds forever. ...

  • Emily
    Apr 19, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

  • Kira
    Apr 01, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

    densely packed, thinker?s sci-fi?as lovely and delicate and infinitely capacious as a flower that unfolds forever. ...

    This slim novel packs a huge philosophical punch. At times it feels a little too blatantly moralistic, but in general the author does a fantastic job of weaving together threads of ethics and empathy into describing the life of an entity that challenges the parameters of the technology...

    Hat tip to the Lawrence Public Library Book Squad podcast for recommending this, I hadn't heard of it before. It's a really interesting concept, of memories that can be extracted (a la Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but the memories live as fully formed people or mems. It's set in t...

    *received an ARC for review* I'm not quite sure what I read. I'm sure I liked it, and I'm sure I'm a little confused and need to unpack the story, but this is definitely an intriguing sci fi with a hell of a lot of depth for such a short length. ...

  • Mya
    Mar 18, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

    densely packed, thinker?s sci-fi?as lovely and delicate and infinitely capacious as a flower that unfolds forever. ...

    This slim novel packs a huge philosophical punch. At times it feels a little too blatantly moralistic, but in general the author does a fantastic job of weaving together threads of ethics and empathy into describing the life of an entity that challenges the parameters of the technology...

  • Sabs
    Jul 06, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

    densely packed, thinker?s sci-fi?as lovely and delicate and infinitely capacious as a flower that unfolds forever. ...

    This slim novel packs a huge philosophical punch. At times it feels a little too blatantly moralistic, but in general the author does a fantastic job of weaving together threads of ethics and empathy into describing the life of an entity that challenges the parameters of the technology...

    Hat tip to the Lawrence Public Library Book Squad podcast for recommending this, I hadn't heard of it before. It's a really interesting concept, of memories that can be extracted (a la Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but the memories live as fully formed people or mems. It's set in t...

    *received an ARC for review* I'm not quite sure what I read. I'm sure I liked it, and I'm sure I'm a little confused and need to unpack the story, but this is definitely an intriguing sci fi with a hell of a lot of depth for such a short length. ...

    A delightful story with an unusual setting! Trying not to include spoilers, but I really like the meditation on how experiences are nothing without self-reflection. I appreciate the wonderful architectural details too. ...

    After witnessing a gruesome car accident, nineteen-year-old Dolores undergoes an experimental procedure to have the memory of it surgically removed. The process of extracting the memory creates a "Mem": a physical duplicate of the person who experienced that memory. Mems are living, br...

    I was intrigued to read a story about the fictional handling of the notion of removing unwanted memories, terrain also explored evocatively in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." This, unlike that, has the additional difficulty of being told from the point of view of one of the ex...

    There have been times where I wish I could forget. Imagine if you could, but doing so would result in a living breathing replica of you at that moment? Would your memory last or expire right away? Elsie lasts, and her story is about self-discovery. I'd say more, but think you should di...

  • Lupine Smile
    Sep 24, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

    densely packed, thinker?s sci-fi?as lovely and delicate and infinitely capacious as a flower that unfolds forever. ...

    This slim novel packs a huge philosophical punch. At times it feels a little too blatantly moralistic, but in general the author does a fantastic job of weaving together threads of ethics and empathy into describing the life of an entity that challenges the parameters of the technology...

    Hat tip to the Lawrence Public Library Book Squad podcast for recommending this, I hadn't heard of it before. It's a really interesting concept, of memories that can be extracted (a la Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but the memories live as fully formed people or mems. It's set in t...

    *received an ARC for review* I'm not quite sure what I read. I'm sure I liked it, and I'm sure I'm a little confused and need to unpack the story, but this is definitely an intriguing sci fi with a hell of a lot of depth for such a short length. ...

    A delightful story with an unusual setting! Trying not to include spoilers, but I really like the meditation on how experiences are nothing without self-reflection. I appreciate the wonderful architectural details too. ...

    After witnessing a gruesome car accident, nineteen-year-old Dolores undergoes an experimental procedure to have the memory of it surgically removed. The process of extracting the memory creates a "Mem": a physical duplicate of the person who experienced that memory. Mems are living, br...

    I was intrigued to read a story about the fictional handling of the notion of removing unwanted memories, terrain also explored evocatively in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." This, unlike that, has the additional difficulty of being told from the point of view of one of the ex...

    There have been times where I wish I could forget. Imagine if you could, but doing so would result in a living breathing replica of you at that moment? Would your memory last or expire right away? Elsie lasts, and her story is about self-discovery. I'd say more, but think you should di...

    In a parallel version of 1920s Montreal, memories can be extracted and encapsulated into Mems. Dolores Extract 1 defies all expectations in that she is an enduring Mem, and able to retain large swaths of memories and formulate thoughts of her own. This is a slim novel, but thoughtful i...

    The writing is good, and the story was interesting, but I couldn't get over my discomfort with the original premise. Why would you make an entire person out of a *bad* memory? For bad memory removal, the straightforward "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" seems the way to go. For h...

    A hypnotic exploration of memory, identity, and what it means to be human, MEM is a book you won't be able to put down, or forget once the last page has been turned. Elsie is a Mem, or extracted memory. Her own first memories are of a lab, where she proved to be exceptional among he...

    4.5 - loved it! ...

    3 1/2 stars. Intriguing story that raises interesting questions: Who are we without our memories and our past trauma? What is the state of consciousness for our worst memories? I could have done without the romance and I didn't particularly connect with any of the characters eve...

    MEM is a wonderfully written sci-fi that will have you contemplating what it means to be human. Set in an alternate history of 1920, there is technology that allows people to ?remove? any memory they want. That piece of themselves becomes a MEM, an embodiment of that one event ...

    The concept for this book is very interesting, and the writing mechanics are good, but this book was lacking in a few areas for me. The most distracting area for me is that there was no discussion of the science in what I would categorize as a science fiction book. There was just a lib...

  • Christine
    Jun 27, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

    densely packed, thinker?s sci-fi?as lovely and delicate and infinitely capacious as a flower that unfolds forever. ...

    This slim novel packs a huge philosophical punch. At times it feels a little too blatantly moralistic, but in general the author does a fantastic job of weaving together threads of ethics and empathy into describing the life of an entity that challenges the parameters of the technology...

    Hat tip to the Lawrence Public Library Book Squad podcast for recommending this, I hadn't heard of it before. It's a really interesting concept, of memories that can be extracted (a la Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but the memories live as fully formed people or mems. It's set in t...

    *received an ARC for review* I'm not quite sure what I read. I'm sure I liked it, and I'm sure I'm a little confused and need to unpack the story, but this is definitely an intriguing sci fi with a hell of a lot of depth for such a short length. ...

    A delightful story with an unusual setting! Trying not to include spoilers, but I really like the meditation on how experiences are nothing without self-reflection. I appreciate the wonderful architectural details too. ...

    After witnessing a gruesome car accident, nineteen-year-old Dolores undergoes an experimental procedure to have the memory of it surgically removed. The process of extracting the memory creates a "Mem": a physical duplicate of the person who experienced that memory. Mems are living, br...

    I was intrigued to read a story about the fictional handling of the notion of removing unwanted memories, terrain also explored evocatively in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." This, unlike that, has the additional difficulty of being told from the point of view of one of the ex...

    There have been times where I wish I could forget. Imagine if you could, but doing so would result in a living breathing replica of you at that moment? Would your memory last or expire right away? Elsie lasts, and her story is about self-discovery. I'd say more, but think you should di...

    In a parallel version of 1920s Montreal, memories can be extracted and encapsulated into Mems. Dolores Extract 1 defies all expectations in that she is an enduring Mem, and able to retain large swaths of memories and formulate thoughts of her own. This is a slim novel, but thoughtful i...

    The writing is good, and the story was interesting, but I couldn't get over my discomfort with the original premise. Why would you make an entire person out of a *bad* memory? For bad memory removal, the straightforward "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" seems the way to go. For h...

    A hypnotic exploration of memory, identity, and what it means to be human, MEM is a book you won't be able to put down, or forget once the last page has been turned. Elsie is a Mem, or extracted memory. Her own first memories are of a lab, where she proved to be exceptional among he...

    4.5 - loved it! ...

  • Izzy
    Jun 03, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

  • Susie Wang
    Dec 10, 2017

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

    densely packed, thinker?s sci-fi?as lovely and delicate and infinitely capacious as a flower that unfolds forever. ...

    This slim novel packs a huge philosophical punch. At times it feels a little too blatantly moralistic, but in general the author does a fantastic job of weaving together threads of ethics and empathy into describing the life of an entity that challenges the parameters of the technology...

    Hat tip to the Lawrence Public Library Book Squad podcast for recommending this, I hadn't heard of it before. It's a really interesting concept, of memories that can be extracted (a la Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but the memories live as fully formed people or mems. It's set in t...

    *received an ARC for review* I'm not quite sure what I read. I'm sure I liked it, and I'm sure I'm a little confused and need to unpack the story, but this is definitely an intriguing sci fi with a hell of a lot of depth for such a short length. ...

    A delightful story with an unusual setting! Trying not to include spoilers, but I really like the meditation on how experiences are nothing without self-reflection. I appreciate the wonderful architectural details too. ...

    After witnessing a gruesome car accident, nineteen-year-old Dolores undergoes an experimental procedure to have the memory of it surgically removed. The process of extracting the memory creates a "Mem": a physical duplicate of the person who experienced that memory. Mems are living, br...

    I was intrigued to read a story about the fictional handling of the notion of removing unwanted memories, terrain also explored evocatively in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." This, unlike that, has the additional difficulty of being told from the point of view of one of the ex...

    There have been times where I wish I could forget. Imagine if you could, but doing so would result in a living breathing replica of you at that moment? Would your memory last or expire right away? Elsie lasts, and her story is about self-discovery. I'd say more, but think you should di...

    In a parallel version of 1920s Montreal, memories can be extracted and encapsulated into Mems. Dolores Extract 1 defies all expectations in that she is an enduring Mem, and able to retain large swaths of memories and formulate thoughts of her own. This is a slim novel, but thoughtful i...

    The writing is good, and the story was interesting, but I couldn't get over my discomfort with the original premise. Why would you make an entire person out of a *bad* memory? For bad memory removal, the straightforward "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" seems the way to go. For h...

    A hypnotic exploration of memory, identity, and what it means to be human, MEM is a book you won't be able to put down, or forget once the last page has been turned. Elsie is a Mem, or extracted memory. Her own first memories are of a lab, where she proved to be exceptional among he...

    4.5 - loved it! ...

    3 1/2 stars. Intriguing story that raises interesting questions: Who are we without our memories and our past trauma? What is the state of consciousness for our worst memories? I could have done without the romance and I didn't particularly connect with any of the characters eve...

    MEM is a wonderfully written sci-fi that will have you contemplating what it means to be human. Set in an alternate history of 1920, there is technology that allows people to ?remove? any memory they want. That piece of themselves becomes a MEM, an embodiment of that one event ...

    The concept for this book is very interesting, and the writing mechanics are good, but this book was lacking in a few areas for me. The most distracting area for me is that there was no discussion of the science in what I would categorize as a science fiction book. There was just a lib...

    Very neat concept and good execution! I enjoyed this debut and Morrow is an author I?m going to be keeping up with in the future. 3.5 stars. ...

    I thought this was going to resemble The Blade Runner, exploring what it is to be human. But it's actually not that science-fiction-y at all. It's kind of artsy and nostalgic. I guessed the ending after (view spoiler)[the date(or can you call it that?) scene (hide spoiler)] , it was...

  • Emily
    Jun 14, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

    densely packed, thinker?s sci-fi?as lovely and delicate and infinitely capacious as a flower that unfolds forever. ...

    This slim novel packs a huge philosophical punch. At times it feels a little too blatantly moralistic, but in general the author does a fantastic job of weaving together threads of ethics and empathy into describing the life of an entity that challenges the parameters of the technology...

    Hat tip to the Lawrence Public Library Book Squad podcast for recommending this, I hadn't heard of it before. It's a really interesting concept, of memories that can be extracted (a la Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but the memories live as fully formed people or mems. It's set in t...

    *received an ARC for review* I'm not quite sure what I read. I'm sure I liked it, and I'm sure I'm a little confused and need to unpack the story, but this is definitely an intriguing sci fi with a hell of a lot of depth for such a short length. ...

    A delightful story with an unusual setting! Trying not to include spoilers, but I really like the meditation on how experiences are nothing without self-reflection. I appreciate the wonderful architectural details too. ...

    After witnessing a gruesome car accident, nineteen-year-old Dolores undergoes an experimental procedure to have the memory of it surgically removed. The process of extracting the memory creates a "Mem": a physical duplicate of the person who experienced that memory. Mems are living, br...

    I was intrigued to read a story about the fictional handling of the notion of removing unwanted memories, terrain also explored evocatively in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." This, unlike that, has the additional difficulty of being told from the point of view of one of the ex...

    There have been times where I wish I could forget. Imagine if you could, but doing so would result in a living breathing replica of you at that moment? Would your memory last or expire right away? Elsie lasts, and her story is about self-discovery. I'd say more, but think you should di...

    In a parallel version of 1920s Montreal, memories can be extracted and encapsulated into Mems. Dolores Extract 1 defies all expectations in that she is an enduring Mem, and able to retain large swaths of memories and formulate thoughts of her own. This is a slim novel, but thoughtful i...

    The writing is good, and the story was interesting, but I couldn't get over my discomfort with the original premise. Why would you make an entire person out of a *bad* memory? For bad memory removal, the straightforward "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" seems the way to go. For h...

    A hypnotic exploration of memory, identity, and what it means to be human, MEM is a book you won't be able to put down, or forget once the last page has been turned. Elsie is a Mem, or extracted memory. Her own first memories are of a lab, where she proved to be exceptional among he...

    4.5 - loved it! ...

    3 1/2 stars. Intriguing story that raises interesting questions: Who are we without our memories and our past trauma? What is the state of consciousness for our worst memories? I could have done without the romance and I didn't particularly connect with any of the characters eve...

    MEM is a wonderfully written sci-fi that will have you contemplating what it means to be human. Set in an alternate history of 1920, there is technology that allows people to ?remove? any memory they want. That piece of themselves becomes a MEM, an embodiment of that one event ...

    The concept for this book is very interesting, and the writing mechanics are good, but this book was lacking in a few areas for me. The most distracting area for me is that there was no discussion of the science in what I would categorize as a science fiction book. There was just a lib...

    Very neat concept and good execution! I enjoyed this debut and Morrow is an author I?m going to be keeping up with in the future. 3.5 stars. ...

    I thought this was going to resemble The Blade Runner, exploring what it is to be human. But it's actually not that science-fiction-y at all. It's kind of artsy and nostalgic. I guessed the ending after (view spoiler)[the date(or can you call it that?) scene (hide spoiler)] , it was...

    This book was so interesting and thought provoking. I honestly had a hard time getting into it and found it quite confusing. There is no real introduction into this different world where people can extract memories of trauma to forget about them and I found myself struggling to figure...

    "The greatest inventions are not born of necessity," he said. "They are born of pain." When I picked up Mem to read, I thought I was grabbing an easy read that had a fun concept but would ultimately just be one of those books I would finish without gaining much from - I was defi...

    I really enjoyed Mem and can?t wait to see what Bethany Morrow comes up with next? for being her first book I was completely blown away. Toying with the concept that we are able to extract memories and so live free of them is an intriguing idea; Transparently, Eternal Sunshine ...

  • Laura Shovan
    Dec 31, 2017

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

  • Jayne
    Aug 02, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

    densely packed, thinker?s sci-fi?as lovely and delicate and infinitely capacious as a flower that unfolds forever. ...

    This slim novel packs a huge philosophical punch. At times it feels a little too blatantly moralistic, but in general the author does a fantastic job of weaving together threads of ethics and empathy into describing the life of an entity that challenges the parameters of the technology...

    Hat tip to the Lawrence Public Library Book Squad podcast for recommending this, I hadn't heard of it before. It's a really interesting concept, of memories that can be extracted (a la Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but the memories live as fully formed people or mems. It's set in t...

    *received an ARC for review* I'm not quite sure what I read. I'm sure I liked it, and I'm sure I'm a little confused and need to unpack the story, but this is definitely an intriguing sci fi with a hell of a lot of depth for such a short length. ...

    A delightful story with an unusual setting! Trying not to include spoilers, but I really like the meditation on how experiences are nothing without self-reflection. I appreciate the wonderful architectural details too. ...

    After witnessing a gruesome car accident, nineteen-year-old Dolores undergoes an experimental procedure to have the memory of it surgically removed. The process of extracting the memory creates a "Mem": a physical duplicate of the person who experienced that memory. Mems are living, br...

    I was intrigued to read a story about the fictional handling of the notion of removing unwanted memories, terrain also explored evocatively in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." This, unlike that, has the additional difficulty of being told from the point of view of one of the ex...

    There have been times where I wish I could forget. Imagine if you could, but doing so would result in a living breathing replica of you at that moment? Would your memory last or expire right away? Elsie lasts, and her story is about self-discovery. I'd say more, but think you should di...

    In a parallel version of 1920s Montreal, memories can be extracted and encapsulated into Mems. Dolores Extract 1 defies all expectations in that she is an enduring Mem, and able to retain large swaths of memories and formulate thoughts of her own. This is a slim novel, but thoughtful i...

    The writing is good, and the story was interesting, but I couldn't get over my discomfort with the original premise. Why would you make an entire person out of a *bad* memory? For bad memory removal, the straightforward "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" seems the way to go. For h...

    A hypnotic exploration of memory, identity, and what it means to be human, MEM is a book you won't be able to put down, or forget once the last page has been turned. Elsie is a Mem, or extracted memory. Her own first memories are of a lab, where she proved to be exceptional among he...

    4.5 - loved it! ...

    3 1/2 stars. Intriguing story that raises interesting questions: Who are we without our memories and our past trauma? What is the state of consciousness for our worst memories? I could have done without the romance and I didn't particularly connect with any of the characters eve...

    MEM is a wonderfully written sci-fi that will have you contemplating what it means to be human. Set in an alternate history of 1920, there is technology that allows people to ?remove? any memory they want. That piece of themselves becomes a MEM, an embodiment of that one event ...

    The concept for this book is very interesting, and the writing mechanics are good, but this book was lacking in a few areas for me. The most distracting area for me is that there was no discussion of the science in what I would categorize as a science fiction book. There was just a lib...

    Very neat concept and good execution! I enjoyed this debut and Morrow is an author I?m going to be keeping up with in the future. 3.5 stars. ...

    I thought this was going to resemble The Blade Runner, exploring what it is to be human. But it's actually not that science-fiction-y at all. It's kind of artsy and nostalgic. I guessed the ending after (view spoiler)[the date(or can you call it that?) scene (hide spoiler)] , it was...

    This book was so interesting and thought provoking. I honestly had a hard time getting into it and found it quite confusing. There is no real introduction into this different world where people can extract memories of trauma to forget about them and I found myself struggling to figure...

    "The greatest inventions are not born of necessity," he said. "They are born of pain." When I picked up Mem to read, I thought I was grabbing an easy read that had a fun concept but would ultimately just be one of those books I would finish without gaining much from - I was defi...

    I really enjoyed Mem and can?t wait to see what Bethany Morrow comes up with next? for being her first book I was completely blown away. Toying with the concept that we are able to extract memories and so live free of them is an intriguing idea; Transparently, Eternal Sunshine ...

    This is definitely a 4 star read for me. The plot sounded truly fascinating and the book itself didn't disappoint. It is focused on a world set in the 1920s where the ability to have your memories extracted is possible, but these memories have a life of their own. It focuses around of ...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Mar 29, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

  • Kylie
    Jun 05, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

    densely packed, thinker?s sci-fi?as lovely and delicate and infinitely capacious as a flower that unfolds forever. ...

    This slim novel packs a huge philosophical punch. At times it feels a little too blatantly moralistic, but in general the author does a fantastic job of weaving together threads of ethics and empathy into describing the life of an entity that challenges the parameters of the technology...

    Hat tip to the Lawrence Public Library Book Squad podcast for recommending this, I hadn't heard of it before. It's a really interesting concept, of memories that can be extracted (a la Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but the memories live as fully formed people or mems. It's set in t...

    *received an ARC for review* I'm not quite sure what I read. I'm sure I liked it, and I'm sure I'm a little confused and need to unpack the story, but this is definitely an intriguing sci fi with a hell of a lot of depth for such a short length. ...

    A delightful story with an unusual setting! Trying not to include spoilers, but I really like the meditation on how experiences are nothing without self-reflection. I appreciate the wonderful architectural details too. ...

    After witnessing a gruesome car accident, nineteen-year-old Dolores undergoes an experimental procedure to have the memory of it surgically removed. The process of extracting the memory creates a "Mem": a physical duplicate of the person who experienced that memory. Mems are living, br...

    I was intrigued to read a story about the fictional handling of the notion of removing unwanted memories, terrain also explored evocatively in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." This, unlike that, has the additional difficulty of being told from the point of view of one of the ex...

    There have been times where I wish I could forget. Imagine if you could, but doing so would result in a living breathing replica of you at that moment? Would your memory last or expire right away? Elsie lasts, and her story is about self-discovery. I'd say more, but think you should di...

    In a parallel version of 1920s Montreal, memories can be extracted and encapsulated into Mems. Dolores Extract 1 defies all expectations in that she is an enduring Mem, and able to retain large swaths of memories and formulate thoughts of her own. This is a slim novel, but thoughtful i...

    The writing is good, and the story was interesting, but I couldn't get over my discomfort with the original premise. Why would you make an entire person out of a *bad* memory? For bad memory removal, the straightforward "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" seems the way to go. For h...

    A hypnotic exploration of memory, identity, and what it means to be human, MEM is a book you won't be able to put down, or forget once the last page has been turned. Elsie is a Mem, or extracted memory. Her own first memories are of a lab, where she proved to be exceptional among he...

    4.5 - loved it! ...

    3 1/2 stars. Intriguing story that raises interesting questions: Who are we without our memories and our past trauma? What is the state of consciousness for our worst memories? I could have done without the romance and I didn't particularly connect with any of the characters eve...

    MEM is a wonderfully written sci-fi that will have you contemplating what it means to be human. Set in an alternate history of 1920, there is technology that allows people to ?remove? any memory they want. That piece of themselves becomes a MEM, an embodiment of that one event ...

    The concept for this book is very interesting, and the writing mechanics are good, but this book was lacking in a few areas for me. The most distracting area for me is that there was no discussion of the science in what I would categorize as a science fiction book. There was just a lib...

    Very neat concept and good execution! I enjoyed this debut and Morrow is an author I?m going to be keeping up with in the future. 3.5 stars. ...

    I thought this was going to resemble The Blade Runner, exploring what it is to be human. But it's actually not that science-fiction-y at all. It's kind of artsy and nostalgic. I guessed the ending after (view spoiler)[the date(or can you call it that?) scene (hide spoiler)] , it was...

    This book was so interesting and thought provoking. I honestly had a hard time getting into it and found it quite confusing. There is no real introduction into this different world where people can extract memories of trauma to forget about them and I found myself struggling to figure...

  • Laura Weymouth
    May 20, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

    densely packed, thinker?s sci-fi?as lovely and delicate and infinitely capacious as a flower that unfolds forever. ...

    This slim novel packs a huge philosophical punch. At times it feels a little too blatantly moralistic, but in general the author does a fantastic job of weaving together threads of ethics and empathy into describing the life of an entity that challenges the parameters of the technology...

    Hat tip to the Lawrence Public Library Book Squad podcast for recommending this, I hadn't heard of it before. It's a really interesting concept, of memories that can be extracted (a la Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but the memories live as fully formed people or mems. It's set in t...

    *received an ARC for review* I'm not quite sure what I read. I'm sure I liked it, and I'm sure I'm a little confused and need to unpack the story, but this is definitely an intriguing sci fi with a hell of a lot of depth for such a short length. ...

    A delightful story with an unusual setting! Trying not to include spoilers, but I really like the meditation on how experiences are nothing without self-reflection. I appreciate the wonderful architectural details too. ...

    After witnessing a gruesome car accident, nineteen-year-old Dolores undergoes an experimental procedure to have the memory of it surgically removed. The process of extracting the memory creates a "Mem": a physical duplicate of the person who experienced that memory. Mems are living, br...

    I was intrigued to read a story about the fictional handling of the notion of removing unwanted memories, terrain also explored evocatively in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." This, unlike that, has the additional difficulty of being told from the point of view of one of the ex...

    There have been times where I wish I could forget. Imagine if you could, but doing so would result in a living breathing replica of you at that moment? Would your memory last or expire right away? Elsie lasts, and her story is about self-discovery. I'd say more, but think you should di...

    In a parallel version of 1920s Montreal, memories can be extracted and encapsulated into Mems. Dolores Extract 1 defies all expectations in that she is an enduring Mem, and able to retain large swaths of memories and formulate thoughts of her own. This is a slim novel, but thoughtful i...

    The writing is good, and the story was interesting, but I couldn't get over my discomfort with the original premise. Why would you make an entire person out of a *bad* memory? For bad memory removal, the straightforward "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" seems the way to go. For h...

    A hypnotic exploration of memory, identity, and what it means to be human, MEM is a book you won't be able to put down, or forget once the last page has been turned. Elsie is a Mem, or extracted memory. Her own first memories are of a lab, where she proved to be exceptional among he...

  • Scott TomeWyrm
    Aug 06, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

    densely packed, thinker?s sci-fi?as lovely and delicate and infinitely capacious as a flower that unfolds forever. ...

    This slim novel packs a huge philosophical punch. At times it feels a little too blatantly moralistic, but in general the author does a fantastic job of weaving together threads of ethics and empathy into describing the life of an entity that challenges the parameters of the technology...

    Hat tip to the Lawrence Public Library Book Squad podcast for recommending this, I hadn't heard of it before. It's a really interesting concept, of memories that can be extracted (a la Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but the memories live as fully formed people or mems. It's set in t...

    *received an ARC for review* I'm not quite sure what I read. I'm sure I liked it, and I'm sure I'm a little confused and need to unpack the story, but this is definitely an intriguing sci fi with a hell of a lot of depth for such a short length. ...

    A delightful story with an unusual setting! Trying not to include spoilers, but I really like the meditation on how experiences are nothing without self-reflection. I appreciate the wonderful architectural details too. ...

    After witnessing a gruesome car accident, nineteen-year-old Dolores undergoes an experimental procedure to have the memory of it surgically removed. The process of extracting the memory creates a "Mem": a physical duplicate of the person who experienced that memory. Mems are living, br...

    I was intrigued to read a story about the fictional handling of the notion of removing unwanted memories, terrain also explored evocatively in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." This, unlike that, has the additional difficulty of being told from the point of view of one of the ex...

    There have been times where I wish I could forget. Imagine if you could, but doing so would result in a living breathing replica of you at that moment? Would your memory last or expire right away? Elsie lasts, and her story is about self-discovery. I'd say more, but think you should di...

    In a parallel version of 1920s Montreal, memories can be extracted and encapsulated into Mems. Dolores Extract 1 defies all expectations in that she is an enduring Mem, and able to retain large swaths of memories and formulate thoughts of her own. This is a slim novel, but thoughtful i...

    The writing is good, and the story was interesting, but I couldn't get over my discomfort with the original premise. Why would you make an entire person out of a *bad* memory? For bad memory removal, the straightforward "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" seems the way to go. For h...

    A hypnotic exploration of memory, identity, and what it means to be human, MEM is a book you won't be able to put down, or forget once the last page has been turned. Elsie is a Mem, or extracted memory. Her own first memories are of a lab, where she proved to be exceptional among he...

    4.5 - loved it! ...

    3 1/2 stars. Intriguing story that raises interesting questions: Who are we without our memories and our past trauma? What is the state of consciousness for our worst memories? I could have done without the romance and I didn't particularly connect with any of the characters eve...

    MEM is a wonderfully written sci-fi that will have you contemplating what it means to be human. Set in an alternate history of 1920, there is technology that allows people to ?remove? any memory they want. That piece of themselves becomes a MEM, an embodiment of that one event ...

    The concept for this book is very interesting, and the writing mechanics are good, but this book was lacking in a few areas for me. The most distracting area for me is that there was no discussion of the science in what I would categorize as a science fiction book. There was just a lib...

    Very neat concept and good execution! I enjoyed this debut and Morrow is an author I?m going to be keeping up with in the future. 3.5 stars. ...

    I thought this was going to resemble The Blade Runner, exploring what it is to be human. But it's actually not that science-fiction-y at all. It's kind of artsy and nostalgic. I guessed the ending after (view spoiler)[the date(or can you call it that?) scene (hide spoiler)] , it was...

    This book was so interesting and thought provoking. I honestly had a hard time getting into it and found it quite confusing. There is no real introduction into this different world where people can extract memories of trauma to forget about them and I found myself struggling to figure...

    "The greatest inventions are not born of necessity," he said. "They are born of pain." When I picked up Mem to read, I thought I was grabbing an easy read that had a fun concept but would ultimately just be one of those books I would finish without gaining much from - I was defi...

  • ns510
    May 25, 2018

    You are never going to read another novella like this, and that is okay. With an incredibly weird conceptand a fantastic exploration of character, this novella makes for such an interesting read. In a world where memories - primarily traumatic memories - can be extracted and turne...

    A solid novella about a world in which people can extract their memories and turn them into people. These people, called Mems, get locked away in the secluded Vault to relive that singular experience until they wither and pass away. This story follows Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem ...

    An interesting and wholly original story, set in a world where the Professor has discovered a way to extract memories from their Sources as wholly separate - if incomplete - beings. Elsie, our protagonist is the one exception to the hundreds of extracted memories and isn't merely a cap...

    Ridiculously, unfathomably good. For fans of thinky, tense, character-driven, grounded scifi concerned with the nature of humanity, along the lines of NEVER LET ME GO or EX MACHINA. In short, this is the exact kind of story I'm constantly searching for, and Morrow nails it. ...

    3.5 stars See me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=4m35s ...

    This novella packs a lot into a slim volume. Much in the same vein of ?Never Let Me Go? it explores the question of what makes a person. Additionally, though, this book explores memory, how it shapes is, how it helps prepare us for life ahead and what we become without it. I liked ...

    I am a memory. Now I suppose I?ll live like one. With that opening sentence begins one of the best stories I?ve read. MEM is a historical speculative fiction novella that presents an interesting world?what if you could extract memories and moments and maintain them as keep...

    I could not put this book down. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a female MC/creation. It is inventive, heart-breaking, full of big ideas about what it means to be human and whether we can own or belong to another person. ? ...

    A contemplative speculative novel about 'memory extraction' in the early 20th century Montreal. In turns, I found this novel about how the rich and wealthy rid themselves of disturbing memories by having them removed into replicas called 'Mems' an intriguing concept, a thought piece. T...

    densely packed, thinker?s sci-fi?as lovely and delicate and infinitely capacious as a flower that unfolds forever. ...

    This slim novel packs a huge philosophical punch. At times it feels a little too blatantly moralistic, but in general the author does a fantastic job of weaving together threads of ethics and empathy into describing the life of an entity that challenges the parameters of the technology...

    Hat tip to the Lawrence Public Library Book Squad podcast for recommending this, I hadn't heard of it before. It's a really interesting concept, of memories that can be extracted (a la Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but the memories live as fully formed people or mems. It's set in t...

    *received an ARC for review* I'm not quite sure what I read. I'm sure I liked it, and I'm sure I'm a little confused and need to unpack the story, but this is definitely an intriguing sci fi with a hell of a lot of depth for such a short length. ...

    A delightful story with an unusual setting! Trying not to include spoilers, but I really like the meditation on how experiences are nothing without self-reflection. I appreciate the wonderful architectural details too. ...

    After witnessing a gruesome car accident, nineteen-year-old Dolores undergoes an experimental procedure to have the memory of it surgically removed. The process of extracting the memory creates a "Mem": a physical duplicate of the person who experienced that memory. Mems are living, br...

    I was intrigued to read a story about the fictional handling of the notion of removing unwanted memories, terrain also explored evocatively in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." This, unlike that, has the additional difficulty of being told from the point of view of one of the ex...

    There have been times where I wish I could forget. Imagine if you could, but doing so would result in a living breathing replica of you at that moment? Would your memory last or expire right away? Elsie lasts, and her story is about self-discovery. I'd say more, but think you should di...

    In a parallel version of 1920s Montreal, memories can be extracted and encapsulated into Mems. Dolores Extract 1 defies all expectations in that she is an enduring Mem, and able to retain large swaths of memories and formulate thoughts of her own. This is a slim novel, but thoughtful i...