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The death of a close friend... - The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
The death of a close friend...
You might be wondering why I stated I was sad in my previous post... of course you might not. I updated the mood before I started on the post and missed out what was making me sad...

I cried on the way to work today. I have been reading a series of books by Anne McCaffrey over the last month or so. I reached the end of the final book in that series today. That was not the cause of my tears! They were caused by her mercilessly killing off one of the main characters. Over the dozen books or so that I've read this character has been present in all, and over the last month I have come to know him well.

I'm a bit of a sucker for moving tales, and I have been moved by fictional characters before - even got a lump in my throat, but never to actual tears. I don't think the fact I was listening to a particularly melancholy tune at the time helped any!

I was also moved by the "death" of a machine. The story hinted that the A.I. in the machine was much more than logic, it even suggested a sense of humour. The last chapter contained the deaths of the machine, the character and his pet!

It wasn't exactly the ending I was hoping for, especially not on the way to my first day at work for over a week. If I wasn't depressed as it was - I was certainly depressed after that!

Current Mood: melancholy melancholy

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nuala From: nuala Date: April 16th, 2004 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I cried when MH Robinton died as well. Very moving bit of the story.
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