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review 2017-07-14 16:46
Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer
Cat Pictures Please - Naomi Kritzer Cat Pictures Please - Naomi Kritzer

I first heard about this short story through a podcast. It sounded like a light story I would enjoy so I decided to give it a read. What I got was so much more than that. It's a story that follows an AI and its desire to help people improve their lives. That's the premise, anyway. As the reader, you get the feeling of what it's like to live in this world and it being what you make it and it's not always as simple as making it what you want it to be. Does that make sense?

 

Naomi Kritzer did a beautiful job in writing an engaging story about how difficult life can appear to be but how the solutions are sometimes easily overlooked. She had a way of making the heavy subject matter light with her sense of humor sprinkled throughout the story to make it easy for the reader to come to terms with the message of the story. Kritzer is a brilliant writer and I am looking forward to reading more of her work in the future.

 

If you love sci-fi stories about AIs, if you love stories about life, if you love stories about cats, then I highly recommend you read this one! I think you may find that you learn a bit of something about your own life in the end.

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review 2016-05-23 02:36
"Cat Pictures Please" by Naomi Kritzer

A short story about a benevolent AI (Google?) who tries to help people who have posted good cat pictures. (And why not? After all, the Internet runs on cat pictures.)

 

It's always nice to find another "benevolent AI" story, although I winced at the idea of arranging things so that

the gay pastor would be outed for his own good.

(spoiler show)

And Bethany's rapidly worsening situation made me feel a little panicky.

 

This is terribly obvious, but I can't resist: Don't be evil, Google.

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