LoveStar: A Novel
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"Orwell, Vonnegut, and Douglas Adams are felt on every page, thoughMagnason is never derivative. His satire and insightful socialcommentary sweeten the pot and the sheer wackiness of Magnason’soversized imagination is invigorating."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

LoveStar, the enigmatic and obsessively driven founder of the LoveStar corporation, has unlocked the key to t...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Seven Stories Press (first published 2002)
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Allyssa
Finally after 10 years, Magnason’s novel has been translated from Icelandic into English. LoveStar is set in the future in Iceland at a time when consumerism and technology have been optimized by iStar, the LoveStar Mood Division’s Image, Marketing, and Publicity Department. Men and women have been made cordless using birdwaves to transmit data. People can be programed to howl advertisements, REGRET can eliminate doubt over people’s chosen paths, the dead are rocketed into space in order to fall...more
Steve McCann
A 2012 Philip K Dick nominee. This novel is about the inevitability and momentum of ideas and the power of information. It's also about the three ideas which can never be anything but subjective, and yet rule everything: Love, Death, and God. It's set in Iceland where everything is known about a person, true love is "calculated" accurately, and secret hosts are constantly being directed to steer those around them in some more profitable direction. LoveStar is the man who discovers these calculat...more
Iwokeinrelief
This here book is a perfectly acceptable work of dystopic fiction, that would not be out of place on Night Shade Books or the like.

Therein lies one of the main problems I have with it.

You see, this book was instead published by Seven Stories Press (maybe not a commercial juggernaut, but a publisher that carries a certain literary cachet). Unlike books published by Night Shade (and other domestic speculative imprints) this was reviewed on one of my favorite blogs (Three Percent – the translation...more
Michael Seidlinger
We are all cordless modern people.

Consider buying some advertising space. I am free to shout your marketing copy from the hours of 1PM to 3PM. I am typically running errands during this time so your copy will likely be heard by people at the grocery store, at the gas station, some truly strategic locations.
Dave White
In the near future LoveStar, an eccentric Steve Jobs-like genius, has used his scientific studies of birds butterflies to revolutionize all aspects of life, interpersonal communications, death, and even love. As the book opens he is on the verge of his greatest breakthrough - discovering the true nature of God.

But in spite of these breakthroughs the core of human nature remains unchanged. LoveStar's monolithic corporation uses the data it gathers from its operations to reshape society into unthi...more
Larissa
Review published in Three Percent, here: http://www.rochester.edu/College/tran...

When Icelandic author Andri Snær Magnason first published LoveStar, his darkly comic parable of corporate power and media influence run amok, the world was in a very different place. (This was back before both Facebook and Twitter, if you can recall such a time.) He noted as much himself in a recent interview with The Reykjavík Grapevine: “[w]hen it came out in 2002 it was called a dystopian novel; now it’s being ca...more
Jessie
This book was so amazing and so strange. The fact that it was written in 2002 (I think?) makes it even creepier - the futurist technology is spot on. It's like he read Steve Job's mind. The descriptions were cool and there was a quite a bit of "world building", which I always appreciate in a sci-fi novel. The reason I'm giving it only 3 stars is because of the strange plot device that felt a bit sloppy. Maybe it was the translation from Icelandic, or maybe it's a sci-fi thing I'm unfamiliar with...more
Karli (Typographical Era)
LoveStar asks readers to consider how far we will allow technology, calculations, and statistics to go. Are we advancing as a society, or are we creating a breed of humanity that is incapable of making emotional and intimate choices with whimsy and instinct? Do we instead rely on the possibilities of outcomes that science has taught us to rely on? And if we rely on them for basic decisions, how long until our lives are completely controlled by machines that falsely claim humanity and morality? I...more
Deirdre
LoveStar is a wonderful piece of fancy and and speculative fiction. The smattering of science fiction used to support the story is not intrusive, though it is essential. More than Science Fiction I would call it Business Start-Up and Theological fiction. It is a bit of Genesis, a bit of 1984, and a lot of fairytale, mixed by a cynical but sweet, definitely not jaundiced sensibility.

LoveStar is an enterpaneur and since I can't spell enterprenuer, and I can't figure out spell checking and correcti...more
Erin
So this is sci -fi. Mmmkay. Some interesting things in here but so bizarre at the same time. I mean doin' it in the belly of the Big Bad Wolf? You almost have to read it just to experience it. I think people who played Trivial Pursuit on weekend nights in high school like my sister would love it. ;)


I think it would be a great book for a book club. Discussing this can only be a good thing.
Paul McCann
Excellent setup and a bunch of lovely concepts come together in a very promising manner, but some loose ends are left completely untouched and the ending arc was unfortunately flat. Still enjoyed it overall, and looking forward to anything else by the author that gets translated into English.
Owen
Jeezus what a load of crap. I'd hoped it might err on the side of silliness and irreverence, but it was just stupid. Flat, affectless writing, too, beyond the point where that might've been ironically amusing and into the territory of boredom. I read 20% and gave up.
Amber Dawn
It is rare to encounter such pure and awesome wackiness.
Michelle
Two **

Parts of this book are brilliant and the book has real potential. Parts are inanely ridiculous. Ending was stupid and ruined the brilliance of the potential.

3/29/13 UPDATE:

Okay, maybe 2 stars was a little harsh. Honestly, part of this book was brilliant - especially when you realize it was written in the early 90's. The book is centered around a love story and the concepts and "ideas" born to a man named LoveStar. The two concepts are LoveDeath and inLove. The two concepts are what have in...more
Michael
I loved so many aspects of this book...the almost-reality satire of the "cordless modern man," pre-programmed humans unwittingly screaming advertisements as a means of paying off debt, scientifically calculated love, the biologically engineered, murderous corporate icons designed to replace cats and dogs, all taking place in a dystopian future where the planet seems to revolve around the Icelandic Oxnadalur valley and the eponymous scientist LoveStar. The only drawback I noted was the relative l...more
Jennifer
It feels like I am surrounded by Icelandic contributions these days, and that is not a bad thing. I was thinking about this in the car the other day -LoveStar: A Novel, LazyTown (if you have kids under 6 and you have not seen this, I strongly recommend checking it out) - and in that moment, the DJ on the radio says, "From Iceland with Travis, to Iceland with Of Monsters and Men". I was amazed and delighted. The point being, maybe we really are connected in some ways that we can't see. In LoveSta...more
Peter
I unabashedly loved this book on many levels. First off, these characterizations were outstanding. He alternately draws us into the internal lives of Sigrid and Indridi, the musings and struggles of the eponymous LoveStar, and a truly terrifying (and somehow believable) future world of hypercapitalism and exploitation. The fact that it all has a happy face, and upbeat tone to it, makes it all the more horrible. Fitting their struggles into this world, and fitting these narratives into that milie...more
Triv S.
*Spoilers*

This is the ultimate "and then I woke up and it was all a dream oops" novel. 90% of the book explored amazing, unique science fiction/ dystopian concepts and the whole thing was building up to an epic finale where all the POV characters meet in a big clash.

Except the author seems to have gotten bored, shrugged, and tacked on the last chapter of some other novel.

I've never been so mad about the ending of a book before (and I say this after just having read The Children's Bach). I was in...more
Jeffrey Pfaller
Picked up this book after my local B&N didn't have the one I was looking for, and I'm glad I stumbled upon this. On top of containing notes of Vonnegut, Orwell, I'll also throw in Maxx Barry's Syrup for good measure - science fiction that is unflinching in imagining the worst blend of advertising and human nature, yet finds hopeful stories of humanity in the almost post-apocalyptic fallout of a culture totally consumed with, well, consumption.

During the first few chapters, you might find som...more
Levelibéka
A rengeteg gondolatot és érzelmet, amit a könyv olvasása során átéltem szavakkal visszaadni nem lehet (bármennyire is igyekeztem). Mint ahogy egy magból fa nő és gyökeret ereszt és a gyökér egyre mélyebbre és mélyebbre tör úgy törtek fele ezek a gondolatok és érzések is bennem. A könyv elején csak a csíra „látszott” majd ahogy egyre előrébb haladtam a könyvben annál mélyebb érzések és gondolatok fogalmazódtak meg bennem és a könyv is egyre bonyolultabb lett, ahogy előre haladtunk benne.

Aki elolv...more
Steve
In some ways, this reminds me of the "Evil Computer" SF stories of the 1950's and 1960's (see HAL9000), because it tells of the complete domination of humanity by High tech manipulation. Here, though, the high tech is ultimately controlled by the dictates of advertising and superficiality. The satire in part comes from making Death, Love and God merely a commodity.

Although the novel is apparently named after one of the main characters, the irony is obvious when it turns out that the main plot i...more
Christin
Man, I love this book. I have now influenced four others to read it, and hope to continue this streak. I picked up this sci-fi novel from the Keflavík airport on my way out of Iceland in January. There's a puffin factory in this book! Where they scientifically tinker with the puffins to make them even more adorable to tourists! How do you not love that? And while the slightly futuristic, and very Icelandic world goes to hell in a hand basket, there is love. The pursuit of love is broken down int...more
Aaron (Typographical Era)
YOU SHOULD TOTALLY READ ANDRI SNAER MAGNASON’S NOVEL LOVESTAR! IT’S THE GROOVIEST AND WILL MAKE YOU LOOK SMART TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS!


You don’t even have to pay me to howl those words at those who happen to pass by me. I’ll do it for free. That’s how good this book is. Wait; let me back up a bit.

Change arrived by way of subtle shifts in nature. The arctic terns became confused and no longer flew to the Antarctic, instead content to make their homes in Paris, France. Even though there was little to...more
Alicia
An plot line to end all plot lines-- this book made me think of many similar books that project the future using current trends, technology, relationships, greed, capitalism, and simple human nature. It's like a hardcore adult version of MT Anderson's Feed, Megan McCafferty's Bumped series, and so many more.

There are two stories that intersect: one of a couple in love who are told by the corporation LoveStar that they are not a match but want to be together regardless and then Lovestar himself,...more
Barbra
I need to start this review by stating I am not a sci-fi fan. I think because of that, I found this book a bit hard to get into. However, after setting it aside for a few days, I found myself still wondering about the characters and the ideas the author was presenting. I figured if I was still pondering about a book "I didn't like", it must not have been so bad after all, so I picked it back up. It's really a story that shows us the danger of allowing the allure of technology and the idea of per...more
anexactinglife
This is a mostly humorous sci-fi with a detailed future world in which everyone’s perfect match is chosen for them. There are devastating financial and social consequences if you refuse to obey the matchmaker!
Andrew Bernstein
Huh. Where to begin. I've never read a book translated from Icelandic (that I know of)...the translation seemed to be done well. Apparently, however, not only are vowels hard to come by in Icelandic (thankfully they were translated), but paragraph breaks are also apparently in short supply in Icelandic and did not make the trip. Greeted by occasional page long walls of text meant I did not read this a fluidly or quickly as I might have liked. There are a some amazingly cool and original sci-fi t...more
Emily
"Thus they made love in the wolf's stomach while the world crumbled outside" is probably the greatest thing I've read in recent history.
Jessica
Feb 23, 2014 Jessica marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended by City Lights
Kallen Kentner
In the cordless modern world, the LoveStar Corporation has control of nearly every aspect of human life, including death.
Author Andri Magnason's imaginative vision of the future is refreshing and unique. I’ve read plenty of books depicting the near-future, but none of them stand out as much as Magnason’s cordless modern world and the repercussions of freedom from wires and devices.

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Andri Snær Magnason is an Icelandic writer, born in Reykjavik on July 14, 1973. Andri has written novels, poetry, plays, short stories, essays and CDs. He is the codirector of the documentary film Dreamland. His work has been published or performed in more than thirty countries. His novel LoveStar was chosen as “Novel of the year” by Icelandic booksellers, it received the DV Literary Award, The Ph...more
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