Season of the Witch – N. Mostert
Gabriel Blackstone is an “information thief” (a hacker) with a psychic talent of remote viewing (RV). Ignoring his psychic skills, he is rather surprised when an ex-girlfriend, Frankie, contacts him looking for a favor. She is now married and her step-son, Robbie, is missing. She would like him to investigate.
Robbie was last seen in the company of the rather strange Monk sisters, Minnaloushe and Morrighan, who claim descent from John Dee. The sisters are bewitching characters and when Blackstone gets involved, he has to embrace his abilities and discover something about the high magic the sisters are involved in.
The author’s mix of modern technology, ancient alchemy, and the esoteric Art of Memory becomes a convincing commentary on how our modern memories “have become flaccid because of all the technological tools we use.”
“Our memories are shallow. We surf the Internet obsessively, but forget what we’ve read almost as soon as we’ve read it. Information in newspapers and TV is fed to us bite-sized for easy consumption. We receive enormous doses of information every day. But it is in one ear and out the other. We are experts at skimming. We are failures at remembering. The Internet, the TV, the photocopier are props we rely on as our memories continue to weaken. We are becoming adept multi-taskers but our growing multi-tasking ability is a facile skill, allowing us to skim the waves of chaos, not swim through them.”
It took me a while to get through the first chapters (maybe too geeky, maybe I wasn’t in the right mood for reading), but then magic kicked in and I totally “slammed the ride”!