on 24 March 1998
I loved this wonderfully cynical view of the future of filmmaking, and Hollywood as a whole. The characters came to life against a mild science fiction backdrop, and the story itself took lots of unusual turns. The dozens of movie references, subtle and not, have me left me wanting to rent a whole slew of old movies.
on 23 August 2006
This was my second Connie Willis, after reading her marvellous, 'To say nothing of the dog'. It offers an interesting view of the Hollywood of the future, satirising the ubiquitous use of computer graphics and the growing trend to concentrate on remakes and sequels. Predictably perhaps, a character is introduced who is like a breath of fresh air in the stifling atmosphere of Hollywood parties with their drugs, deals and sordid liaisons.
Somehow though, I couldn't find myself sympathising with the narrator, and didn't in the end care very much about the fate of the 'heroine', if that's an appropriate term. Avid Connie Willis fans will enjoy this, but I can only give it a guarded recommendation.
on 26 August 1997
Willis' intriguing take on the future of Hollywood is almost too real, as recent beer commercials demonstrate. Not her best book (read BELLWEATHER for that), and done in a more serious tone than some, this is a fine read by an author who should get much more recognition. Recommended!