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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,393 ratings  ·  368 reviews
On his first day at Turner King, David Stewart quickly realizes that the world of international PR (affectionately, known as "the dark side") is a far cry from his previous job with the Canadian government. For one, he missed the office memo on the all-black dress code; for another, there are enough acronyms and jargon to make his head spin. Before he even has time to find ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Emblem Editions (first published January 1st 2012)
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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. :)
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Well, this is just fun. Sometimes I love CanLit.

A guy working at a PR firm helps organize a competition to send two citizen astronauts up to the space station, one Canadian, one American. The Canadian is a seventy-one year old woman who lives in rural BC (and I mean seriously rural BC), is a former doctor, and flies a bush plane. All while harbouring a lifelong dream of being an astronaut. She is also a diehard Sherlock Holmes fan, has spent years searching for her father who died in a plan cra
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
An Odd1
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was a very good book, although I was a little disappointed with the ending...a little too "and they lived happily after". It's an easy read and I am going to try more of his books. The author has won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour a few times, and I'd like to see more of this. There were brief signs of it in this book, which I enjoyed, but reviews would indicate that there is much more of it in his other books. This has a "fresh" story line which also appealed to me.
Vanessa Funk
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like this book tried to accomplish a lot - heartache, humour, romance, space exploration, mystery - and didn't quite land for me on all aspects. But it was light and funny and the main character felt charmingly awkward and perfectly Canadian. And it pushed me out of my book rut - now back to the heavier book I took a break from. ...more
Beth Peninger
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Connie Tang
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was trying to decide between 4 or 5 stars (so 4.5), because it's not exceptionally profound or life-changing (as I feel like 5 stars should be), but it is... incredibly enjoyable to read. Highly so, easily one of the most delightful books I've read this summer. Without a whiff of mystery, it maintains its intrigue. And for a book about a PR firm trying to re-brand NASA, it was definitely an adventure.

While it doesn't start off as anything special, it rapidly grows on you, and it's an utterly
Tania Gee
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, canadian
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
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
Jan 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canada
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
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canlit, humour, satire
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
Janet Berkman
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
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
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Amusing, though narrative jumps around, story about a PR executive in Canada who comes up with the idea to send "citizen astronauts" into space so that the public becomes interested in space again. The Canadian astronaut is not what anyone expected. ...more
Bookworm Adventure Girl
Another great book by Terry Fallis. I love that it's so Canadian...yes Fort St. John is mentioned!
It's an easy, feel good, and many times laugh out loud read.
Terry Fallis is quickly becoming an automatic read for me.
Selina Young
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was the escape I needed. I quickly liked the characters and while it was predictable, I enjoyed that. It made me smile.
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So slap sticky and ham hocked, but I honestly really loved the story and had to power through to find out what happens.
Wendy Hearder-moan
I didn't find this as hilarious as his previous books that I had read, but it was certainly just as engaging! ...more
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read Terry Fallis I am reminded just how much I love Canadian literature.
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Terry Fallis is the award-winning author of eight national bestsellers, including his latest, Operation Angus, all published by McClelland & Stewart (Penguin Random House). His debut novel, The Best Laid Plans, won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC Canada Reads as the "essential Canadian novel of the decade." In January 2014, CBC aired a six-part tele ...more

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