Review of Bogi Takács, “Recordings of a More Personal Nature” in The Trans Space Octopus Congregation Stories, (Lethe Press, Inc., 2019): 125-136 — Purchase here. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman. (Read the review of the anthology.)
Content note: Mind control, drug use, self-harm, cutting, torture, dissociation, allusions to suicide.
So many things I love about this story:
1. Great background metaphysics — unlike any world building I’ve come across before.
2. The importance of the formation of the self via memories, something I’ve explored quite a bit in my own writing!
3. The way the story combines those two with the way it dwells more on the horror of being cut off from one’s sense of self than on the mechanics of how the archive works.
And I loved the twist at the end, when the reason why this culture depends so on their archive is revealed. This was just an all round very satisfying story.
(Originally published in Apex Magazine November 2013).