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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (15 Sept. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1473200938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473200937
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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A lightweight, sci-fi romcom satire for the 21st century, firing broadsides at our dependency on hi-tech gadgetry and social media. (GUARDIAN)

A sci-fi flavoured thriller... A biting satire of 21st century capitalism... But mostly, it's a romance. One of those slushy ones, where you can see the ending coming a mile away, but still find yourself rooting for the couple to look past their superficial differences and just snog already. (SFX)

Clever, delightful, and at all times very entertaining. Well worth a read. (SCIFINOW)

A fun read in which the phenomenon of telepathy is given a convincing scientific gloss. (MORNING STAR)

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Crosstalk is a smart, brilliant and endearing romantic comedy comparable to Sliding Doors

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This book is truly outstanding! The story is brilliant, it explores a some near future in which privacy basically doesn't not exist, with the best comedy ever.
It makes you fully emphasise with the protagonist, making you actually feel her emotions. The stress she gets from work, the annoying relatives, and the anger of the stupid decisions she takes.
It's a wonderful SF romantic comedy that will keep you up all night. I read it in just 3 takes. It's absolute terrific!
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Amazing quality! Thanks
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I'm grateful for an e-copy of this book kindly provided by the publisher via Netgalley

I find it hard to categories this book - at the same time it's SF, with a premise based on a classic SFnal idea, telepathy; it's a sort of thriller with the main protagonists on the run (in a way) and having to hide themselves and their thoughts; and it's a romance of a kind - will true love triumph. And it's also comedic. So a SF-thriller-romcom?

I don't suppose it really matters that much, except that I think it's a key feature of this book that while there is tension and high jeopardy, there isn't a conflict, there is no evil opponent (only a rather selfish and self-absorbed one), there is no violence, no weapons.

Briddey is a stressed executive in a hi tech firm, Commspan, which is desperate for the Next Big Thing in phones to challenge Apple (hint - try something with a headphone socket). At the same time she's in a relationship with the Creepiest Man Alive, Trent, who suddenly wants to marry her: but asks her to have a teeny operation first...

The EED - acronym never explained - is surgery that apparently makes a couple more emotionally receptive to each others' moods. Trent insists they have it, and soon. They're love so why wouldn't Briddey go along? But Trent doesn't want anyone else to know. Brides will just have to find a way to absent herself form the office without the gossip network guessing the reason.

Trent also has a key to her flat and seems to assume he controls her entire life, cancelling arrangements and setting up new things that she has to go along with. After all, he's her boss, right?

There are elements here of a controlling, harassing boss, but Willis doesn't really pursue that angle very far. Trent is only one annoyance.
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Take the humour and Irish family craziness from a Marian Keyes book and inject a heavy dose of sci-fi in to it and you get Crosstalk.

Set in our near future it looks at what happens when you take your romantic relationship to the next level, no not putting a ring on it or even getting a puppy,no its getting an implant that lets you be in tune with the one you love feeling all the emotions.

Briddey works for a mobile phone company and they are the main competitors to Apple, needless to say the tech they are bringing out has to be the hottest, most up to date technology going. She works with her boyfriend of 6 weeks, the ever so slightly full on sleaze bag that is Trent. He is a high flyer and he wants her to get an EDD, the procedure that make you feel just how much your partner loves you.

Briddey loves him and want to get the procedure but her crazy Irish family don't seem keen plus they seem to be having drama of their own that they want Briddey help them sort out. Her family aren't the only ones against it, C.B. the crazy tech guy who works in the basement is dead against it too.

C.B. is a tad eccentric but he is the path to conquering Apple, he is full of great ideas for new phone tech, Briddey need to keep him on side but despite what C.B. and her family say she fires ahead and gets the EDD.

Expecting to feel instant connection to Trent she is horrified to find herself connecting to someone else, someone totally unexpected and this sets of a crazy journey for Briddey as she discovers that not everything is as it seems and that Trent may not be the man she wants.

Crosstalk is a lovely mashup of scifi with romcom, it is fairly obvious who Briddey is going to end up with but the way she gets there makes for an enjoyable read plus any books that have eccentric Irish family members are always full of fun.
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By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Mar. 2017
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Briddey has an operation at the behest of her fiancé Trent. This is supposed to make them more empathetic to one another before their marriage (although you work out pretty easily and quickly that Trent must have another agenda because he is so obviously not a nice man - goodness knows what Briddey sees in him). What really happens is that Briddey can suddenly read minds and her head is filled with voices and knowledge that she wouldn't have otherwise. She needs to hide the operation from everyone she knows and also hide what she can now do from everyone she knows including Trent but it is not easy.

This is a great idea and the book deserves at least four stars for the intricate plotting and all the different ways that the author examines the idea through Briddey and her family and friends. At first I was captivated by what was happening and totally engaged as Briddey has to work out her love life and handle her precocious niece as well. Unfortunately, I thought that the book actually went on too long. I thought that the author needlessly complicated matters almost as though she had to explore every possible thing that might happen in the circumstances and I began to lose my sense of enjoyment by the end.

This book was worth reading. The ideas and how they are worked out are excellent. Unfortunately I found it flawed because it was so long and because it was so detailed. I still recommend it, allowing for the issues I had, to anyone who enjoys books with a good and interesting idea at their core.

I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley
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