This was my first read by Catherynne Valente, and I must say that her writing style is amazing. Imagine if you will the world's most incredible art expressed through words. There's brilliant descriptions in nearly every paragraph and it was nearly impossible to stop reading it before the end.Which raises the question of why didn't I give it 5 stars. I think it's just a bit weak on plot. There is an AI running a house merrily bonding in more ways than one with the occupants. But it doesn't evolve or learn enough to be different from what it was at the beginning. It just is. The story needed a plot twist at some point.This was still very impressive and I suspect there are more really cool books by this author that I haven't crossed paths with yet. A solid 4 1/2 stars.