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Crosstalk Paperback – 15 Sep 2016
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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)
Crosstalk is a smart, brilliant and endearing romantic comedy comparable to Sliding DoorsSee all Product Description
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Connie Willis is in that special category of writers as having been the author of one of my all-time favourite novels, Doomsday Book. I couldn’t believe my luck when I spotted this offering on Netgalley and was blown away when my request for the arc was accepted.
For those of you who have read Doomsday Book and fear this is yet another slice of armageddon, this story ticks at a fair clip with plenty of laughs along the way. We are immediately whirled up into the world of corporate gossip and concerns about how the latest launch will impact on jobs – as well as the carnivorous interest shown in fellow workers’ love lives. Especially when the latest happy couple both work for the same company. But Briddey is also fending off her family’s less than delighted reaction at her plans to commit to new boyfriend, Trent, by having a cutting-edge procedure that will make them neutrally more sensitive to each other’s emotions. However when they get bumped to the top of the very long waiting list and the operation comes around far more quickly, Briddey finds there are some unintended consequences…
The plotting is pitch-perfect. We are tipped right into the middle of Briddey’s busy, connective world where she constantly juggles a number of conversations, both private and professional. As the story picks up pace and shoots off in directions I didn’t see coming, I found the book increasingly hard to put down and whenever I thought about it, I found myself grinning. That said, don’t go away that this is a piece of happy fluff, because there are compelling scenes full of terror as Briddey teeters on the brink of destruction and madness.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The setting is a sort of alternative modern-day America, where everyone is constantly in communication with everyone else via their smartphone, to the extent that it's impossible to get any sort of privacy.
Briddey works at a tech firm in competition with Apple and is dating another high flyer, Trent.
He's so in love that he wants them to have an EED, a medical procedure that will connect them even more.
This starts very breathlessly. The overwhelming nature of the first chapters threatened to overwhelm, but once the main plot kicked in, Crosstalk picked up.
I want to avoid spoilers, but the way the plot unfolds is very clever and there's always another twist throughout.
It's also remarkably funny and enjoyable. I liked it a lot.
* I'm nearly 80 and I know you are about 70 so I really mean it - keep going.
Will certainly be looking at the authors other books after this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Connie Willis is always worth reading -- over and over. Crosstalk is intelligent, funny and romantic.Published 1 month ago by cem
I first came across Connie Willis many years ago when I read and loved 'Doomsday Book' so I was really delighted to find that she had a new book out. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mrs. M. Macdonald
Bridget meets Trent and they undergo a procedure that will let them feel each other's emotions.
This is a near future scientific romance and it bears all the hallmarks... Read more
When a book is classified as a romance, you kind of know in advance what you're getting in advance, so it would be churlish to point out that from virtually the first page you know... Read morePublished 5 months ago by S. Bentley
I enjoyed the ideas and plot twists in this novel.
When the characters began talking about having an EED I thought this was another new tech thingy, but no it’s a sci fi idea... Read more
I think this is a well written book. Importantly it's quite a clever book. There are twists and turns where you don't expect them, and some of the ideas it uses are really quite... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Socks
'Crosstalk' by Connie Willis is an accessible science fiction novel about telepathy and its effects. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Melanie Pratt