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David Stewart, fresh from the Canadian Space Ministry, proposes NASA revitalize their PR with a Citizen Astronaut. A lottery for one Canadian and one American to visit the International Space Station chooses a too-perfect Texan, and a aged lesbian bush doctor pilot. How can he keep his job and still do the right thing?
Paperback, McClelland & Stewart, 414 pages
Published 2012 by Random House
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Marieke
4.5 stars. I enjoyed this so much and it was exactly the book I needed to be reading at just this time. I want it to be a movie and I have casting suggestions. :)
Philip
After reading Terry's first two books I was actually waiting quite anxiously to read "Up and Down". I was not disappointed in this book but I don't think I enjoyed it quite as much as "The Best Laid Plans". This may just be because I, personally, am not quite as knowledgable about the reality of life in a PR agency or in NASA as I am about the Canadian Parliamentary system thus taking a bit of the bite out of the satire. I did think Up and Down returned to more of the humour of The Best Laid Pla...more
Jennifer Rayment


The Good Stuff
•Descriptions of the PR world - dead on accurate. Ok, I only worked in a PR agency for a year, but I think I worked with some of the characters in this novel
•Oh so very Canadian - and I mean that in a good way
•Could not put the book down, eventhough it wasn't my usual fast paced type novel - it was just so damn interesting and funny I was affected that very same way. I stayed up way too late reading it and would even read it while brushing my teeth and drying my hair
•Absolutely...more
Carole
I loved this book! Terry Fallis' tale of "citizen astronauts" going for a ride on a NASA space mission was laugh-out-loud hilarious, touchingly heartwarming, and quintessentially Canadian.

It is impossible not to love David Stewart, the PR man who plays the role of the naive narrator to perfection. The heroine, Canadian astronaut Landon Percival, is one of the most memorable fictional characters I have met in a long time.

Aside from the wonderful humour in the story, it is also a real page-turner...more
Beverley
It takes great skill to write a comic novel that feels light but has serious undercurrent. Terry Fallis has mastered it. He gets better and better.
Tania Gee
The first thing I thought of as this novel began was “has Chris Hadfield read this book?” It’s all about social media and re-invigorating the public’s interest in the space program and it was published the same year Hadfield went up. If he didn’t read it, someone on his team sure as heck did. The book certainly invigorated my interest in the space program.

This was a great light read, with quite a few genuine laughs and a few moments of real warmth. I had a great giggle at David’s experiences wi...more
An Odd1
After "three years for the Science and Tech Minister" p2 in Ottawa, narrator David Stewart is hired by international PR company TK (Turner King), to win their bid, joint with Washington DC branch. NASA wants to "re-engage the public" p19 after "the majority of survey respondents would rather go out for lunch than watch a shuttle launch" p15.

A space geek from forever, I looked forward to this subject, but overall ended disappointed. The first 1960s telecast was unforgettable, the terrorist Twin...more
Beth Peninger
I seem to just really like Terry Fallis. I read his first two breakout novels back in 2011, The Best Laid Plans and The High Road, and knew that I would want to read anything else he publishes. Lucky for me he published last year with Up and Down. Fallis' titles aren't carried in my library system so I have to get his books through inter-library loan. Thank goodness for that option.
In this novel Fallis departs from official politics and focuses on a different kind of politics, the PR world. Dav...more
Jennifer D
humour in literature is difficult. at least, i have a hard time with it on occasion. terry fallis is a funny guy. i have met him and enjoy him, so it was easy for me to imagine him telling me this story. but, on the page, i sometimes got a bit tired of david stewart (main character) being so prone to pratfalls and one-liners. for me, this served to detract from a great story. overall, i had a lot of fun with this quirky novel. some moments, i laughed out loud but overall, i was more taken with t...more
Mark
This new novel by award-winning Terry Fallis is hazardous! I say that only because I was listening to part of the novel while driving and was laughing so hard that I almost got in an accident.

In all seriousness, having been a fan of the author's first two books, which were a satirical look at politics, I was eager to read this latest stand-alone novel. Fallis completely impressed me with this novel about a PR agent who takes on the task of trying to re-vitalize the public's interest in the space...more
Jaclyn
I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

Up and Down is less slapsticky than The High Road, but unfortunately also much less charming. There were moments of mild humour, but they felt too forced to really elicit a laugh. Most of the story plodded from one plot point to another -- perhaps it was just that the conclusion seemed inevitable. The narrative earnestly wants us to cheer for certain characters, and in doing so ends up with stock character types that are occasionally charming but mo...more
Suzanne
Told from the point of view of David Stewart, a newbie in the PR world, this hilarious new novel from Terry Fallis follows David’s experience working on his first campaign – with none other than NASA as his firm’s client. David and his team need to create a plan to revitalize North America’s interest in the space program, and the idea he comes up with is, well, out of this world: a lottery contest that would send one Canadian winner and one American winner on a mission to the International Space...more
Shelley
It's been a long time since I chuckled while reading a book. I loved the writer's style, this plot and all the characters, especially Landon. It was hard to put down and I will definitely read more books by this author.
Sarah
This is what I've learned about Canadian literature since moving to Canada: no matter how far-fetched a plot line seems to an American, once you've lived in the north for a bit, it becomes strikingly plausible. I read this while following Commander Chris Hadfield's rise to social media fame (finished it prior to the recording of his song with the Barenaked Ladies) and it became hard for my mind to sort what was real and what was fiction. I'm not sure if that means that the book is particularly r...more
Tina Siegel
If there was a half-star option, I'd give it three and a half. As always, I enjoyed Fallis' writing (which is clean and clear), his characters (who are endearing and memorable) and his story (which is fantastical in a charming way).

However, he still hits his jokes too hard. He's ham-handed. He gives us a funny incident, then tells us that it's funny, then explains WHY it's funny. And his foils, his antagonists, are one-note stick figures. They're boring, and therefore their contributions to the...more
Daniel
If you are Canadian and haven't read Terry Fallis, you owe it to yourself to grab a copy of any of his books and savour the pure and unadulterated feel-good rush that comes from reading them.

Up and Down is about NASA trying to reinvigorate their image, and how the Canadian branch of a PR firm stumbles into getting the job. Its a laugh riot from beginning to end, yet there are some serious and profound moments that ground the story.

Like his other novels, this a book I would recommend unreservedly...more
Janet Berkman
A thoroughly enjoyable read, Fallis' third novel hits the hot spots. Canadiana, Sherlock Holmes, feisty elderly female bush pilot, public relations, and the International Space Station are all part of this fast-paced novel that kept me engaged right to the end. It lost a star for predictability, but even though I knew where it was going, it was a fun ride nevertheless. His rather broad humour is not for everyone, but i found it didn't quite cross the line into slapstick (although it comes close...more
Diana
David Stewart left his dream job at the Canadian Space Agency to work for a private advertising agency in Toronto. He is part of the Canadian advertising team working with their American counterparts devising an advertising strategy for NASA. A contest is held to train and send one Canadian and one American citizen on the next space shuttle trip to outer space. David travels to a remote part of British Columbia to meet Landon Percival, the successful Canadian candidate who is a 71 year old femal...more
Michael Trick
Fallis is a wonderful writer, and his books are a lot of fun to read. The are intelligent and uplifting, and he has a great way with a phrase.

While the names of the characters in this book are different than those in the previous books, there are a lot of similarities. The narrator in both cases worked in Canadian politics; there is a lovable, curmudgeonly old person who has all the best lines; there are ample opportunities for the good guys to correct the grammar of the bad guys, and much more....more
Debra Komar
I enjoyed this one more than any of Fallis' others, although I still find his books "intellectually frothy," as reviewer Andrew Pyper once wrote. Fallis asks nothing of his audience, which is fine for a summer beach read. There are still all the trademark overt manipulations and obvious plot devices. I hesitate to call them twists, because that would imply they are unexpected and they never are. The token love interest is telegraphed early and the romance never really builds to much. Like Grisha...more
Ronni
Terry Fallis, you've wooed me again. I just love his style of writing, his ability to make me laugh our loud (no small feat my family will tell you), and his talent for creating such loveable characters. I didn't think it was possible for him to make a character as unique as Angus from Best Laid Plans, but he equaled Angus with Landon. I only wish she was a real person, because I'd love to share a good cup of her minestrone and chat about the stars.
Patricia
A dynamic and delightful satire that was definitely “Made In Canada”. We could conquer the world with our sense of humour. Laugh-out-loud moments. Irresistible and lovable characters. An inspirational story for anyone who believes they are too old to cling to a dream. A joy to read. Pure fun.
Nadine Doolittle
Humour is a tricky thing to pull off in a book. Up and Down was selected by my book club and poor thing, it did not fare well with the group. Only one member really liked it. I read it after the group meeting (worst book club member ever)and I laughed out loud. More than once. Fallis leads us up to the punchline and if the reader is patient and goes along, the laughs are genuine. Bearing in mind this is gentle satire, we have to engage our brain. The world Fallis pokes fun at it is PR, celebrity...more
Marisa
A light and fun read, especially if you work in the field of Communications. The characters are a bit too one-dimensional (although quite likeable) and the humor is obvious at times. Still, it's enjoyable enough. I liked Terry Fallis' first book "The Best Laid Plans" far more.
Nitin
I enjoyed this tale on so many fronts, perhaps because it took you on so many different voyages. There is the personal growth and development journey of David, who has left the public sector and entered the world of public relations and the relationship with a competitive coworker that softens into romance. Then, there's the zany, energetic, unexpected character of Landon that David finds, as part of a PR campaign in the remote corner of the Canadian North who wins the opportunity to go on the m...more
Peter
If you want to read satire that has been around for a few hundred years there is always Swift. If you demand that the satire you read today will still be read and debated in a few hundred years then Up and Down by Terry Fallis will probably disappoint you. If, however, you want a fun, sometimes over the top (or should I say over the Moon) book to read then Up and Down is for you.

Fallis is creating a great place in CanLit for satire that is gentle, yet still edgy enough to command a second though...more
Linda
I was initially a bit disappointed that this book didn't take us back to the world of politics featured in his first two books, but no more. NASA and the Canadian Space Agency are looking for a way to get back into the limelight. Enter a neophyte PR man, with an off-the-wall idea: hold a contest to find two Citizen Astronauts, one Canadian and one American, to go up with the next space shuttle. Needless to say, it all gets a bit complicated and the results are both funny and heart-warming. Those...more
Maggie
I'd give it 3.5 if I could. A fun read that moves quickly. My main criticism is that it is too much like The Best Laid Plans. David Stewart and Daniel Addison are almost interchangeable, complete with clumsy awkwardness, and Landon Percival is basically the Angus McLintock of the book: Unexpected, likeable, a genius, etc. Crawford Blake took on the bully role, as per Bradley Stanton. Add in the love-interest aspect, and it's hard to find the story original. It's an enjoyable read, but I much pre...more
Gloria
Canadians are such polite, resourceful, polite, self-confident, polite, generous, polite, handy, polite, well-wishing, polite people, and Fallis has captured all that in this latest novel. David is an endearing character who always is thinking outside the box to achieve his aims. He honestly cares about what he does, and seems to operate with a physician's 'do no harm' motto humming alongside 'do the right thing' in the back of his head. I loved the humanity and humanness throughout the story; t...more
Jim
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway contest.

I had never read any Terry Fallis before, only heard of him and intended, at some point in time, to pick him up and give it a shot. I like humour. I'm okay with people making fun of politics. I like Canadian Lit.

I liked this book. The characters, while sometimes seeming a little too good to be true, were like-able, except the ones who weren't supposed to be, and I found myself wanting to see them succeed. I'm not sure how plausible the id...more
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Terry Fallis is the bestselling author of the comic novels The Best Laid Plans, and The High Road, and Up and Down. His debut novel (TBLP) was originally self-published in 2007 and won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Then McClelland & Stewart published TBLP in September 2008. He also won the Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Regional Fiction - Canada East ca...more
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