Wikipedia has this to say about aphorisms: “In modern usage an aphorism is generally understood to be a concise statement containing a subjective truth or observation cleverly and pithily written.”
I say that the vignettes in this book definitely fit that definition. I consider this story a “must read” because the author (M.C.A Hogarth) shows a keen understanding of the human condition and a spooky ability to present new words that in retrospect you have to wonder why they weren’t words before. If you’re hankering for something meditative that can be digested in small chunks, then this is perfect for you. This is also perfect if you’re looking for a way to expand your mind and think in ways that you might not be used to doing.
The author herself explains that Aphorisms is “sociological science fiction… about society, civilization and the balance between individual and community.”
This is the first book in a three book collection. The entirety of the series and many more of Hogarth’s books can be found at her website, Stardancer.org