What if someone had the ability to erase your unwanted memories? The collateral would be that that person would take on your memories as his own, absorbing them in such a way as to make them indistinguishable from his own past.
What kind of person would you have to be in order to agree to do such a thing? What kind of person would the agglomeration of these memories make you?
If you answered, “not a very nice person,” you would most likely be correct, says K.J. Parker.
The marketing of this novella makes it look like a traditional fantasy story, but it’s actually a much more ambitious, philosophical work – part thought experiment, part character study. I thought it was quite successful – if not necessarily very pleasant.
I think it would be enjoyed by people who liked Patrick Rothfuss’ ‘The Slow Regard of Silent Things,’ but I thought that this novella was actually more interesting.