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This is ridiculous. Well obviously because it's farce, but if you ask me, it's more of an irritating, eye-roll ridiculous than a humorous one. In this book, Willis has the subtlety of a hand grenade and the nuance of a stick figure. It's a fast-paced romantic sci-fi comedy about telepathic gingers except it's hard to tell when the comedy is intended and the romance is creepy. (view spoiler)[C.B. emotionally manipulates Briddey by playing knight-in-shining-armor, constantly lying to he ...more
In Crosstalk, Connie Willis’ new near-future science fiction novel, Briddey works for Commspan, a smartphone company that is anxious to compete with Apple. For the last six weeks Briddey has been in a whirlwind romance with Trent, a hot young executive at Commspan, who swept Briddey off her feet with his suave charm and his Porsche. Now Trent has invited Briddey, as a prelude to getting engaged, to get a popular “minor” neurological brain surgery, ...more
I need to be upfront: Connie Willis is my all-time favourite author and I love her. Her books are perfect.
I waited an agonizing six (SIX!!) whole years to get my hands on this book and it was worth it. I would wait another six years to get this sort of amazingness again (well, I’m incredibly impatient person so while I would wait, I wouldn’t do it quietly).
Crosstalk was one of her lighter and hilarious books. It wasn’t gutwrenching lik ...more
The book opens with a lot of promise. Briddey (how does one pronounce that?) is some kind of executive (Maybe. We never really find out what she does) at one o ...more
Connie Willis' books tend to either feature a comedy of manners set against a dark and dire background... or a comedy of manners in a somewhat less catastrophic situation. This is one in the less-dire and more light-hearted category. But Willis' humor always has her own distinct flavor; it's unmistakable - and I love it.
Here, she riffs ...more
Well, it freaked Connie out a little too. And her wonderful mind took this on and pushed this creepy technology to its limit.
Trent and Briddey have had a whirlwind office romance over the last month, and Trent has popped the question. No, not engagement, but to get an EED. It ...more
It seems Connie was inspired by all of the health and activity trackers that are available these days, and wondered what would happen if those trackers could also sense emotions. But when our heroine, Briddey, gets the dev ...more
Firstly the MC. I loved many of the characters, especially CB and Maeve, but Briddie came close to driving me crazy. She was either being a doormat for her nonsensical family or she was being deliberately obtuse about the obvious.
Secondly Willis always has a tendency to go into great detail and she can take a whole ch ...more
-I found Briddey's family simply hideous. No concept of privacy, no respect for boundaries, constantly talking over one another and refusing to listen to one another. Hideous.
-Liked Maeve, though I thought she was waaaaaaaaay too precocious and super brilliant for a nine-year old.
-I often wanted to smack Briddey -- she was a total doormat with her family, couldn't p ...more
I got off to a worried start, because one the first page there was Briddey (Bridey is the common nickname for Bridget/Bri ...more
That is because I am not fond of stories in which everyone runs around madly trying to find one another, and just missing, while interrupted by impedimenta that just leads the protagonist further and further astray, so a ...more
This was a comedic farce without the comedy. It was an Abbott & Costello "Who's on first" routine, with smartphones and no punchline(s).
Briddie was supposedly an exec for a smartphone company but she was spectacularly stupid. She makes important decisio ...more
It is amusing that Willis finally allows her characters to have cell phones (not to mention telepathy) and yet the ...more
Against the wishes of her somewhat meddlesome but well-meaning family, Briddey Flannigan gets an EED to open up new avenues of communicating with her boyfr ...more
And it's wonderful!
It reminded me so much of my beloved Bellwether, but here we'v ...more
I found that almost as annoying as the plet ...more
I received this book as an ARC for free from NetGalley in exchange for a review.
As I've seen said elsewhere, Crosstalk is a novel about the pros and cons of telepathy. It's also a frantic sci fi romantic comedy.
I hate to compare an author's newest novel overwhelmingly to prior works, but having read quite a few novels and stories by Willis in just the past 2 years, I was reminded... a lot... of other stories. The maddening corporate culture and miscommunication was reminiscent of Bellwether. T...more
First third: Briddey is just a girl who can't say no, can't set any boundaries (tip: don't give keys to people you can't trust not to break into your apartment), and can't finish a sentence. For the entire first third, that's all that's happening: people are telling her what to do, she's trying to get out of it without every saying "No" or "I don't want to," an ...more
The part of me that loved how entertaining it was wants to give it 4-4.5 sta ...more
I love Connie Willis’s work. I devour everything she writes, and I’m utterly incapable of judging her books impartially. She once granted me at 90-minute interview, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that it changed my life. Which is why it’s surprising that I did not care for her new book, Crosstalk, a romantic comedy that other reviewers are praising to the skies. I found this book to have a great concept but tedious pacing and sloppy characterization ...more
This is my first Connie Willis book and after hearing so many good things about her and her novels from other sci-fi lovers, I decided to give her a try. The idea behind this novel is a really, really unique one, but oh my gosh, did it really confusing and difficult to keep up with. I'm not too sure if I loved the whirlwind of the plot or if I found it too annoying, but it was really entertaining.
Briddey is a decent main character. She's realistic, ambitious, and really well put toget ...more
I have read Connie Willis before. I've read Blackout and All Clear. Being a big fan of time travel, I'm ashamed I haven't read her other books which are even more popular. (I'm getting to them!) However, this book is not a time travel; it is a romance with some light science fiction. I also happen to love ...more
Fans of Willis' romantic tropes will find this book comfortably familiar- there's and lot of Bellwether and "Miracle" in this book. Reading this was a delight.
She has won, among other awards, ten Hugo Awards and six Nebula Awards. Willis most recently won a Hugo Award for All Seated on the Ground (August 2008). She was the 2011 recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Ficti ...more