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
This one is all about communication, and if you really think that you've got it all fi ...more
In Crosstalk, Connie Willis’ near-future science fiction novel, the main character 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 ...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
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
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
-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
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 decisions f ...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 got off to a worried start, because one the first page there was Briddey (Bridey is the common nickname for Bridget/Bri ...more
It is amusing that Willis finally allows her characters to have cell phones (not to mention telepathy) and yet the ...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
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
And it's wonderful!
It reminded me so much of my beloved Bellwether, but here we'v ...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
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
Briddy's boyfriend, Trent is begging her to get an EED, a neurological device embedded in the brain, so they can have a deeper emotional connection. Her loud, boundary-free Irish family – who keep barging in on her at work ... And at home. And in her car. And pretty much everywhere else too – are dead-set against it. As is C.B. Schwartz, an antisocial genius who works in the basement of the cell phone company Briddy and Trent both also work for. Briddy is determined to make her own choice for...more
I found that almost as annoying as the plet ...more
The story is funny and fast paced and there's a bit of romance. Sometimes it was too much - Br ...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....more
Grand Master Connie Willis' latest novel is a light frothy read of a novel focusing on the search for the ultimate in communication. Couples can deepen their ability to connect more closely than ever by a simple medical procedure to feel their partner's very emotions. Sounds wonderful, doesn't it? But it's a Pandora's box, opening the unintended consequences of mental telepathy. It's a shortcut to chaos, leading recipients to hear the unfettered thoughts of thou ...more
The part of me that loved how entertaining it was wants to give it 4-4.5 sta ...more
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