[PW] Novels with buildings as characters/main protagonists

Dana Dalrymple ddalrymple at spokanelibrary.org
Mon Jul 29 17:51:13 PDT 2019

Well, if they are willing to go with artificial intelligence, there are books that have intelligent houses or buildings as characters, but they are usually portrayed as evil entities and are not the narrators. There are many more books with AI ships. Apparently "Golden Fleece" by Robert Sawyer is a first person narrative by the ship's AI. More possibilities here, but often they are robots - https://www.reddit.com/r/scifi/comments/1vh0u4/is_there_any_novel_where_the_narrator_is_an_ai/ 

Dana Dalrymple
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Subject: [PW] Novels with buildings as characters/main protagonists

Hello, I have a patron looking for novels  narrated by buildings .  There
are titles that have been described as having the building "as the main
character", such as *Life: A Users Manual  by Perec*
Or  *The Uninvited Guest *by Jones, or a couple of books in Shirley
Jackson's oeuvre, and there's also Manderley of *Rebecca*.... there's quite
a few that have the house as more than a setting and something of a

Still, none of the examples I or my colleagues could think up or find had
the building talking, much less narrating the action.

I am eager to find out if we missed something.  Thank you!
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