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D.A. Hardcover – 1 Sep 2007

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  • Hardcover: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press (1 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596061200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596061200
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,788,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Helen on 1 Oct 2007
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This is a novella for teenage girls. 'Theodora Baumgarten', says the blurb on the dustwrapper, 'has just been selected as an IASA space cadet, and therein lies the problem. She didn't apply for the ultra-coveted posting, and doesn't relish spending years aboard the [space] ship to which she's been assigned.' Theodora spends the rest of the book, all 77 pages and three pictures of it, trying to get out of this opportunity of a lifetime that she doesn't want. Like all of Connie Willis's fiction, the characters are convincingly drawn and the plot holds the reader's attention. There is also humour and satire. But in my opinion it is far too short to have been published as a separate volume.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a good book, as they all are, but I think D A should stand for Disappointment Abounds!because of the small number of pages.

I understood that Willis was writing a book about the Second World War, which I have been eagerly awaiting - perhaps this book was a little detour from writing that one.
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Format: Hardcover
I got this just today in London and read it on the train home - I was delighted with the reference to RAH and smiled pretty much the whole way through. Couldn't help from chuckling at the end so people looked at me as if I was mad - hehe

Get it - well worth it

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
I'm probably too generous... 26 July 2007
By William C. Garthright - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm probably too generous in giving this 4 stars, but it's fairly clever, mildly humorous, and an enjoyable read. And it IS a juvenile, after all. But I've read short stories that were longer. At best - perhaps - it's a novelette. Definitely too short to be a novella. And there's really only one character. The whole story is a gimmick, basically. Well, that's fine for a short story, I guess...

But Connie Willis is one of my all-time favorite authors. When is she going to write another novel, like the superb "Passage" of 2001? And in the meantime, if she's going to write short fiction, why cheat her faithful readers by selling them as individually bound books? I wasn't very pleased when she did this with "Inside Job," her expensive 2005 novella, but it's really getting ridiculous with this book.

"The Winds of Marble Arch" is supposed to be coming out in September, but that's a collection of short fiction - many (most?) of which have been published in previous collections. OK, yeah, I'll still buy it. She is, as I say, one of my very favorite authors. But I hate to be taken for a sucker. This... short story would make a nice little gift for a kid, but nothing more than that.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Have Spacesuit, Will Travel for the modern generation 30 Mar 2008
By Esther Schindler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you are an SF fan of a certain age, you remember the Heinlein "juveniles" -- books written for young readers that included good stories, appropriate messages (such as "think for yourself"), and definite, forward-thinking science fiction elements. Most of those stories stand the test of time, I think; certainly I loved every one, even when I read them as an adult.

Connie Willis, whose science fiction and fantasy has made plenty of adults laugh and sigh, turns her attention to the same young audience in D.A. It's a very quick read for a grownup -- I zoomed through it in 40 minutes -- which makes the book pricey, if you judge it on a cost-per-page basis. (I got mine from the library. I recommend you do, too.) On the other hand, I have a 12-year-old grand-niece who probably wouldn't get through a long book, and I am very tempted to send her a copy at the next gift-giving occasion.

The values imparted by our heroine are appropriate for the 8-to-12 reader (though I do wonder about the stink bomb...).

Did I mention that it's entertaining? It is, very. To an adult, this is a chuckle; I suspect the references to annoying teachers and even-more-annoying classmates would be more powerful.

I've read every word of Connie Willis's that I can get my hands on, and I admit that this isn't on the must-have pile. But I like this book, and I think it'd be a great way to turn a youngster onto science fiction.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Inside Joke, Folks! 2 May 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Connie Willis wrote this story with a nod to LA Con IV, the World Science Fiction Convention of 2006 which hosted her as the Guest of Honor. The theme for the convention was Space Cadets/Space Academy; the fundraiser to secure the bid for Los Angeles solicited supporting memberships that made one a Fellow of the Academy. Just so, I have my Space Cadet sash & merit badges as mementos of the event.

The story is a wickedly funny reality check - not everyone is a high-minded dreamer who longs to bounce off bulkheads in orbit.

If you're disappointed that it wasn't a full-blown novel, you shouldn't be: this was intended as a shared moment of mirth with those who recognized the talents of a very capable & fun-loving author. And now that you've got a frame of reference, maybe you won't feel so cheated.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Short, yes... Entertaining? Also yes. 9 Oct 2007
By OolooKitty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A lot of people are complaining that they wasted their money on this book because it is "too short"!!! While I too would like a full-length novel from Ms. Willis ASAP, I would have to argue that 80 pages from her is worth far more than 300 pages from the average writer. And for those of you whinging and whining over how you felt cheated by paying for such a short book, read the book description before you buy. It clearly states exactly how many pages are contained in the book.

For me, this was a fun read: like a Heinlein juvenile without the questionable attitudes towards females. The lead character is sassy and intelligent, and her puzzling out of the mystery behind what's happening to her is clever and amusing. And all for only 25 cents a page!!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Goes by too quickly 12 July 2007
By Holly Trueblood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Witty, clever, frenetic. Good stuff. Classic Connie Willis. But more of a hardcover short story than a novel, so value for price is somewhat debatable.
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