Loved this– so much that I read it in two days, and it was maybe too long to read it that fast. Had trouble turning off my predictor brain, trying to make all the connections. I think that’s the point– that there are too many variations to predict, you just have to enjoy. About stories and the role they play in life– reminded me of Arcadia, and Enchantress from the Stars (is magic just technology); of The Overstory (I haven’t read much about games, but they feature in both); and all of the various fantasy books that they reference– Narnias and Harry Potter and The Magician books. Enjoyed it immensely.