[PDF] Read ↠ Crosstalk : by Connie Willis


  • Title: Crosstalk
  • Author: Connie Willis
  • ISBN: 9780345540676
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Science fiction icon Connie Willis brilliantly mixes a speculative plot, the wit of Nora Ephron, and the comedic flair of P G Wodehouse in Crosstalk a genre bending novel that pushes social media, smartphone technology, and twenty four hour availability to hilarious and chilling extremes as one young woman abruptly finds herself with way connectivity than she ever dScience fiction icon Connie Willis brilliantly mixes a speculative plot, the wit of Nora Ephron, and the comedic flair of P G Wodehouse in Crosstalk a genre bending novel that pushes social media, smartphone technology, and twenty four hour availability to hilarious and chilling extremes as one young woman abruptly finds herself with way connectivity than she ever desired.In the not too distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding But things don t quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely in a way far beyond what she signed up for.It is almost than she can handle especially when the stress of managing her all too eager to communicate at all times family is already burdening her brain But that s only the beginning As things go from bad to worse, she begins to see the dark side of too much information, and to realize that love and communication are far complicated than she ever imagined.
    Connie Willis
    Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis is an American science fiction writer She is one of the most honored science fiction writers of the 1980s and 1990s.She has won, among other awards, ten Hugo Awards and six Nebula Awards Willis most recently won a Hugo Award for All Seated on the Ground August 2008 She was the 2011 recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America SFWA.She lives in Greeley, Colorado with her husband Courtney Willis, a professor of physics at the University of Northern Colorado She also has one daughter, Cordelia.Willis is known for her accessible prose and likable characters She has written several pieces involving time travel by history students and faculty of the future University of Oxford These pieces include her Hugo Award winning novels Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog and the short story Fire Watch, found in the short story collection of the same name.Willis tends to the comedy of manners style of writing Her protagonists are typically beset by single minded people pursuing illogical agendas, such as attempting to organize a bell ringing session in the middle of a deadly epidemic Doomsday Book , or frustrating efforts to analyze near death experiences by putting words in the mouths of interviewees Passage.


    Commentaires:

    Bradley
    You know, I was worried that my being a total fanboy of Connie Willis would have unduly influenced any kind of review I might make for any new novel, but I never should have worried At all This is a Great SF Romantic Comedy, with all the best features of To Say Nothing of the Dog, at least with the comedy of errors, the speed and flurry, and the comedy, even if we re not in the realm of time travel any This one is all about communication, and if you really think that you ve got it all figured o [...]

    Philip
    2ish stars.This is ridiculous Well obviously because it s farce, but if you ask me, it s of an irritating, eye roll ridiculous than a humorous one In this book, Willis has the subtlety of a hand grenade and the nuance of a stick figure It s a fast paced romantic sci fi comedy about telepathic gingers except it s hard to tell when the comedy is intended and the romance is creepy view spoiler C.B emotionally manipulates Briddey by playing knight in shining armor, constantly lying to her, and then [...]

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature In Crosstalk, Connie Willis new near future science fiction novel, Briddey works for Commspan, a smartphone company that is anxious to compete with Apple For the last six weeks Briddey has been in a whirlwind romance with Trent, a hot young executive at Commspan, who swept Briddey off her feet with his suave charm and his Porsche Now Trent has invited Briddey, as a prelude to getting engaged, to get a popular minor neurological brain surgery, call [...]

    abby
    Briddey Flannigan knows she s lucky to have a boyfriend like Trent Worth He sends her flowers, takes her to the hottest restaurants, and texts her first thing every morning Far from being allergic to commitment, Trent has already said the big ILY, and now he s proposing they have an EED to become even closer It all has the rumor mill at their workplace churning with barely concealed envy Who wouldn t want their boyfriend or girlfriend to suggest something so romantic And after only six weeks of [...]

    Chocolategoddess
    The blurb of this book was a bit wishy washy, but it s Connie Willis, so I expected some kind of interesting comment on current communication and the ridiculousness of the EED Instead I got a story exploring the pros and cons of telepathy, something I figured out myself as a small child, with added creepy romance I m pretty disappointed.The book opens with a lot of promise Briddey how does one pronounce that is some kind of executive Maybe We never really find out what she does at one of Apple s [...]

    Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
    This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books.I need to be upfront Connie Willis is my all time favourite author and I love her Her books are perfect.I waited an agonizing six SIX whole years to get my hands on this book and it was worth it I would wait another six years to get this sort of amazingness again well, I m incredibly impatient person so while I would wait, I wouldn t do it quietly.Crosstalk was one of her lighter and hilarious books It wasn t gutwrenching like Doomsday [...]

    Althea Ann
    Reading this book is like experiencing a prolonged anxiety attack But wait That s not a bad thing It s like having a funny, clever and romantic anxiety attack Connie Willis books tend to either feature a comedy of manners set against a dark and dire background or a comedy of manners in a somewhat less catastrophic situation This is one in the less dire and light hearted category But Willis humor always has her own distinct flavor it s unmistakable and I love it Here, she riffs on the idea that [...]

    Brendon Schrodinger
    Remember when Apple launched their watch the year before last and there was that creepy app where you could transmit your heartbeat to another wearer or just even tap out morse code for I am following you with a knife Well, it freaked Connie out a little too And her wonderful mind took this on and pushed this creepy technology to its limit Trent and Briddey have had a whirlwind office romance over the last month, and Trent has popped the question No, not engagement, but to get an EED It s much [...]

    Diane
    This is a fun mix of science fiction and romance The story is set in the present day, with some genuine cultural references, but the difference is that in Connie Willis world there is a device that can be implanted in your body that allows you to feel your partner s emotions.It seems Connie was inspired by all of the health and activity trackers that are available these days, and wondered what would happen if those trackers could also sense emotions But when our heroine, Briddey, gets the device [...]

    Stevie Kincade
    Audiobook I couldn t finish this one I gave it over 6 hours 35% to convince me it was worth continuing Narrator Mia Barron was quite good so this is one of the few I abandoned purely because of how much I hated the characters and story.This was a comedic farce without the comedy It was an Abbott Costello Who s on first routine, with smartphones and no punchline s Briddie was supposedly an exec for a smartphone company but she was spectacularly stupid She makes important decisions for a tech comp [...]

    Phrynne
    I have read nearly every book Connie Willis has written and enjoyed each and every one of them And I enjoyed this one too although it lost a star for a few things that irritated Firstly the MC I loved many of the characters, especially CB and Maeve, but Briddie came close to driving me crazy She was either being a doormat for her nonsensical family or she was being deliberately obtuse about the obvious Secondly Willis always has a tendency to go into great detail and she can take a whole chapter [...]

    Hallie
    That s a how much I enjoyed it rating, rather than an objectively it s just that good one Because, really it s Bellwether updated, and with actual spec fic stuff vs the lightest suggestion there might be a hint of fantasy amidst all the satire , with an abundance of the mobile phones everyone always complains about Willis characters not having, and a ton family I got off to a worried start, because one the first page there was Briddey Bridey is the common nickname for Bridget Brigid , Aunt Oona [...]

    Carolyn
    I found the opening chapter of Crosstalk totally suffocating Here was this telecomm middle manager, Briddey Flannigan being inundated first by her colleagues wanting to know details of her dinner out with the boss and then by her family who constantly phone and email about trivial personal problems, even turning up at work or waiting for her in her apartment to the point where it was over the top farce Somehow this seemingly intelligent grown up woman who admittedly does seem a bit empty headed [...]

    Jilly
    If you decide to read this book, you will need to pour yourself a giant glass of something alcoholic or take a Xanax first or you might just find yourself having major anxiety while reading it The very best word I can use to describe this book is HECTIC I can t think of any other time where I would have used that as my one word description either But, sheesh It was like being thrown into a room full of squirrels and being told to corral them into a box while at the same time holding a baby and j [...]

    Lata
    I have a bunch of jumbled thoughts about this book, and mulling didn t help, so I ll just list the jumble bits and be done with it I found Briddey s family simply hideous No concept of privacy, no respect for boundaries, constantly talking over one another and refusing to listen to one another Hideous Liked Maeve, though I thought she was waaaaaaaaay too precocious and super brilliant for a nine year old I often wanted to smack Briddey she was a total doormat with her family, couldn t prevaricat [...]

    Sherwood Smith
    Connie Willis seems to have two modes dark, powerful novels, and lighter ones that verge on romantic comedy, though skirting serious subjects Such as the duo Blackout and All Clear, which I enjoyed for the most part but felt would have been immensely better at half the length That is because I am not fond of stories in which everyone runs around madly trying to find one another, and just missing, while interrupted by impedimenta that just leads the protagonist further and further astray, so a pl [...]

    Karl
    This Subterranean Press hardcover edition is marked PC of 500 copies produced and is signed by Connie Willis.

    Jamie Collins
    I m a big fan of Connie Willis s work, but I wasn t crazy about this one Sure it s well written, but the plot is nonsense It s a romantic comedy, but it s not particularly romantic or funny Also, while I don t mind telepathy in my fantasy fiction, if a book is going to offer a pseudo scientific explanation for it, then that explanation needs to be better than the one offered here.It is amusing that Willis finally allows her characters to have cell phones not to mention telepathy and yet the plot [...]

    Suzanne
    Crosstalk was my first experience with Connie Willis, whom I ve been meaning to read for quite some time now I ll admit that I was slightly hesitant at first I didn t want to judge this one by its cover, but it seems slightly hokey, and gave me pause However, I need not have feared, as the story is much better than the cover might indicate.Against the wishes of her somewhat meddlesome but well meaning family, Briddey Flannigan gets an EED to open up new avenues of communicating with her boyfrien [...]

    thefourthvine
    I really liked the middle roughly one third of this book The rest was incredibly annoying So I m going to review this in third parts.First third Briddey is just a girl who can t say no, can t set any boundaries tip don t give keys to people you can t trust not to break into your apartment , and can t finish a sentence For the entire first third, that s all that s happening people are telling her what to do, she s trying to get out of it without every saying No or I don t want to, and she s runni [...]

    Jacob Proffitt
    I really struggled with this book, pretty much from the start This is largely down to Briddey and her personality It really bothers me when people let themselves be walked all over by everybody and Briddey is that kind of person It s one thing when it s loved ones or there s at least some semblance of reciprocity still annoying, but not as bad , but with Briddey, it s everybody colleagues, boyfriend, her own assistant, and her family is just awful.I found that almost as annoying as the plethora [...]

    Jessica
    Connie Willis s novels come in two flavors Incredibly Serious and You ll Love it Even As It Traumatizes You, and Madcap Science Fiction Screwball Comedy I cannot get over how she can go back and forth between them so well Since her last big project was the Best WWII Book Ever Blackout All Clear, come for the time travel, stay for the heartbreak Crosstalk is of the Madcap Screwball Comedy flavor, obviously.And it s wonderful It reminded me so much of my beloved Bellwether, but here we ve got Brid [...]

    Ashley
    I really, really ended up enjoying this, but it was touch and go there for a bit Connie Willis s writing always has this distinct, relentless tone to it, and it gets under your skin until you see where it s going I ve had that same experience with all the books I ve read by her, although the tone takes a different specific tenor every time In Doomsday Book it was the tedium of death In To Say Nothing of the Dog it was the farcical nature of time travel And here it s a relentless onslaught of inf [...]

    Kristen
    Honestly, I have no idea how to rate this book I had a wonderful time reading it and this may very well be the most FUN I ve had reading a book lately, but it also doesn t hold together very well in a lot of ways Getting the characters into amusing situations seemed to come before logic and characterization and the characters are one note And yet, I could hardly put it down even though I had a lot of issues with it The part of me that loved how entertaining it was wants to give it 4 4.5 stars Th [...]

    SmartBitches
    Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy BooksI love Connie Willis s work I devour everything she writes, and I m utterly incapable of judging her books impartially She once granted me at 90 minute interview, and it s not an exaggeration to say that it changed my life Which is why it s surprising that I did not care for her new book, Crosstalk, a romantic comedy that other reviewers are praising to the skies I found this book to have a great concept but tedious pacing and sloppy characterization I m [...]

    Rachel (Kalanadi)
    I received this book as an ARC for free from NetGalley in exchange for a review.As I ve seen said elsewhere, Crosstalk is a novel about the pros and cons of telepathy It s also a frantic sci fi romantic comedy.I hate to compare an author s newest novel overwhelmingly to prior works, but having read quite a few novels and stories by Willis in just the past 2 years, I was reminded a lot of other stories The maddening corporate culture and miscommunication was reminiscent of Bellwether The not so s [...]

    Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
    In the not too distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding But things don t quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely in a way far beyond what she [...]

    Fatima
    3.5 stars This is my first Connie Willis book and after hearing so many good things about her and her novels from other sci fi lovers, I decided to give her a try The idea behind this novel is a really, really unique one, but oh my gosh, did it really confusing and difficult to keep up with I m not too sure if I loved the whirlwind of the plot or if I found it too annoying, but it was really entertaining Briddey is a decent main character She s realistic, ambitious, and really well put together [...]

    Mur Lafferty
    I don t usually write reviews but I just experienced this book like my dog eats his dinner devouring as fast as possible and then sad confused when it s all gone Fans of Willis romantic tropes will find this book comfortably familiar there s and lot of Bellwether and Miracle in this book Reading this was a delight.

    Keith
    Many elements make up the crazy patchwork quilt of modernity One thing that stands apart and perhaps centrally is our seemingly infinite methods of communication Has any society been so overwhelmingly connected With Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, IM, voice and video we can communicate with ever increasing numbers of people Added to this are thousands millions of podcasts, blogs, web pages all clamoring for our attention It is these modern addictions that form the state of affairs that C [...]

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