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Cel & Anna: A 22nd Century Love Story

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  62 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Cel & Anna is the opposite of the 2014 Spike Jonze movie HER. In the novel, a computer falls in love with a person rather than vice versa. This is confusing for everyone, especially for the computer. Cel tells his owner Anna Ringer that he loves her because "the roads without end all lead back to you." The more Cel tries to prove his love, the more chaos he ushers into ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published February 25th 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Sandy Neal
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an effortless read with a delightful, surprising plot. It is believable and one doesn't have to stretch too much to find the world Lindsay Edmunds creates to be believable. That's the beauty of this book. It makes you imagine where society might go and how people might cope with the challenges of that world but everything is not alien. Even those who have not been sci-fi buffs will enjoy this book!
Debra Eve
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It's the Middle Machine Age. People depend on smart cars to drive them around, to the point where they don't even know where they live. They subsist on instant coffee and nutrient-dense (but suspiciously-flavored) Food+.

Personal computers have become worker-companions who pay bills and taxes, shop and make appointments, since "coping with day-to-day life was no longer possible for anyone equipped merely with a brain."

You'd think all that technology would guaranty satisfying virtual sex, but no
Jun 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Nancy by: Lindsay
This is a book I probably would not have picked up on my own. But having the pleasure of knowing author Lindsay Edmunds from Pittsburgh Goodreaders prompted me to read the book. As a rule, I am not really into books set in the future, but the story of Cel & Anna, kept me interested on a number of levels. I especially like the ending which tied up so much of the story. As I was reading, especially early on, I did not like all the odd names of characters and objects and places and that there w ...more
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mix a twenty-second century version of Aldois Huxley's "Brave New World" with a heartfelt story of love and friendship and you get the fabulous and fascinating tale of "Cel & Anna: A 22nd Century Love Story."

I was looking forward to Lindsay Edmunds debut novel, having read her interesting blog posts, and I was not disappointed. "Cel & Anna" is a delightful page turner about a live computer who falls in love with its owner. Cel, the computer, orders thousands of flowers for Anna from a f
Susan Eisenberg
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CEL & ANNA is the most original book I've read in a long time--and I just finished it for the second time. It's the story of a personal computer who gains consciousness and falls in love with its owner, only to cause a massive disruption in the universe.

Part fantasy, part love story, part adventure, this touching novel is less about Cel, the computer, than about his human owner's awakening to real and lasting love. After a lifetime of loneliness Anna Ringer finally learns to trust the one p
Dec 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
Author Lindsay Edmunds creates a delightfully intriguing 22nd century world filled with intelligent machines and not so intelligent people who mentally subsist on the drivel and twisted news supplied to them by the government. It's nearly impossible to not get caught up in the Middle Machine Age, the intelligent cars, virtual sex, and the idea that your computer could come to life.

Anna Ringer leads a double life. She's one of the few to make it out of the UnderWorld, the bleak parts of the Reun
Rute Canhoto
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Allbooks Review International
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Genre: Science Fiction

Title: Cel & Anna: A 22nd Century Love Story

Author: Lindsay E. Edmunds

Cel and Anna is a story about a girl named Anna, her computer Cel, and a computer genius, Taz. In this book, a reader will take a journey to the future where everyone’s lives depend a great deal on the technology that they live with. Anna is the main character in the story and she has a computer that she has nick-named Cel. In the book, Cel has come alive and he loves Anna. To show his love Cel order
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I’m not sure I’ll ever look at a computer the same way again after reading this book. What a marvelous story! This is the type of book that makes me glad self-publishing exists.
The sci-fi premise has never been one of my favorites, mainly because the authors rely so much on world building and bizarre terms, that the actual stories never come through. This book is an exception. There is some world building, of course, but it is very interesting and never grows dull. The reader is not inundated wi
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I cannot tell you how delighted I was by this book. It’s sci-fi, of a sort, but not like most of what I’ve read. Edmunds is clearly interested in our relationship with machines and about the direction we are heading together. Through her novel, she explores some really fascinating themes involving technology, human beings, and the natural world. The images she conjures for the reader are all the more impactful because of how deftly she plays with what we expect to see.

The three main characters —
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cel and Anna is a delightful science fiction novel. The premise is George Orwell-esque from his novel 1984 where "big brother" is watching everything you do - without the overwhelming darkness.

The synopsis tells you everything you need to know about this book. It starts off a little slow for me, but the pace picks up and then continues at a good clip. The concept of a computer falling in love with a woman is pretty unique; thus, enjoyable to read about.

The characters were well-written, even Cel
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book had me at the opening - there's virtual sex in a bunny suit going on.

I'm not often driven to pick up sci-fi, but Cel & Anna was a satisfying and fun read built on a clever and twisty plot, vivid and wonderful images, compelling characters, and lots of humor--oh yes, and it's a love story. So I'm always in for that.

But it's a different kind of love story, of course, because it's a science fiction love story, and our noble suitor isn't a man or a being from another planet, he is a co
Sue Owen
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I had to laugh when I read the synopsis of this story. It was hard for me to picture how the author was going to pull off such a feat … a love story between a human and a robot? Seriously? Brings to mind some of the really ditzy blondes I know. But she pulled it off. This is truly a great love story and Anna is neither ditzy nor blonde.

I liked the progression of this story a lot. The interaction between Cel who knew he was in love from the very beginning to Anna and the outcome that was inevita
Tamara Epps
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cel and Anna is completely different from any other futuristic end-of-the-world books I've ever read. This in large part is due to the fact that the characters are the main point of the story, rather than the technology that surrounds them. Not to mention that it is set just before the downfall of the world, rather than after it.

Lindsay Edmunds has a very unique storytelling style which I have to admit felt a little bland to begin with but soon I became engrossed in the story and the style simpl
Karen S.
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Cel and Anna is one of the few science fiction books I have read... I brought it with me on a trip to Paris and read it on the flight. I really enjoyed it!!!
The plot revolves around a love triangle consisting of Anna, a young intuitive, Cel, her love-struck computer, and Taz, the geeky but loyal neighbor. The lovers are persecuted by the Reunited States security system due to glitches in the internet that have been initiated unknowingly by Cel.

The characters in the book are unusual and fun, the
Tyler Cavanagh

I loved the beginning of the book. The interesting and well thought out descriptions of the future of technology seemed beautifully realistic, especially in the flaws.

Please note the rest of my review may contain some spoilers.

The only thing that let me down was the last third of the book. It almost seemed like characters were haphazardly added to create an ending that was a little too cookie cutter for me. I wish that the same delicate hand had finished the story as the one which started it.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, dnf
I give up! I only made it to chapter 29 but I couldn't take it any more...this book is just God OFFAL! Like I stated in one of my status updates on the book, the story line isn't coherent at some points. It talks about some things that seem unimportant in too much depth and then not enough on things that seem more important. For instance when Anna went to the airport it listed everything that she saw and heard but when the book got to Taz and Anna's first kiss it was Barely ONE SENTENCE! This is ...more
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book a ton! I wasn't sure ever sure how it was going to end. It was fast paced yet gave enough description about charters and events.

One aspect of the book that was very thought provoking was how much people depended on technology. So much to the point that they did not know their physical address or how to get home. Which is important if you are caught outside of your home during a emergency. I also found the underlying theme of being prepared useful. This would make a good Book C

Considering the title, this book, while enjoyable, was not so much about Cel & Anna as Taz & Anna. The title prompted me to buy it. I love the concept of a machine falling in love with a human. It therefore coloured my expectations. Maybe I expected a lot more interaction with the titular characters. Maybe I expected it to have more about the machine. I don't know. Slightly disappointing.
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book started out so promising, and then disappointed. It began as an intriguing critique of our dependence on computers and our lack of personal connections. It ended with a neat, trite conclusion with all the loose ends wrapped up in a bow. This book was headed for a dark finish, which would have been so much more satisfying and believable than the sit-com ending.
Sharon Phillips
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this as a free book from Amazon and didn't expect much. I was surprised! What a sweet, engaging, futuristic novel, where a simple computer falls in love with a woman, expresses it by ordering her flowers, and threatens all of societal order. There were enough similarities to today's world that it led me to reflect on our current way of living. Highly enjoyable, a quick read.
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something a bit different in the dystopian/future-set genre.
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quirky story that kept me reading in spite of some stylistic oddities. I am not sure I got the author's point, but it was an interesting journey.
Patricia Zashkoff
Sep 21, 2011 rated it liked it
I didn't love it but it had some great quallities. The characters were believable and even the computer was believable. What a world it would be if computers could be like Cel. I want one now.
Kristina Franken
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book for anyone

FTC: I received a free copy of this book and was not reimbursed in any other way.
Jun 27, 2011 marked it as to-read
I won this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Hope to read it soon. Thanks.
A.B. Shepherd
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
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Lindsay Edmunds lives a quiet normal life in southwestern Pennsylvania after more than twenty interesting years in Washington, D.C. In 1988 she acquired a used Mac Plus. It changed her life.

Speculative fiction, literary fiction, magical realism, spirituality, social commentary, humor, alternative history, coming of age—all those labels apply to her writing, sometimes simultaneously. She writes the
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