Welcome to QualityLand, the best country on Earth. Here, a universal ranking system determines the social advantages and career opportunities of every member of society. An automated matchmaking ...more
Do you know why it's called the net? Because we're caught in it.
That's a paraphrase of a quote from "Qualityland," the best book I've read this year. It's one of my all-time favorites, and while relationships with books change over time just like relationships with people do, I think this one's going to last my lifetime. It's a remarkable dystopian satire and I love it so much that upon finishing it, I immediately turned back to page one and read it a second time. For ...more
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Qualityland is what happens when Big Business takes over politics and the economy. An online retailer called TheShop is an economic superpower that runs everything and everyone with handy algorithms. So what if they invade your privacy? They know what you want better than yourself, after all. In an odd nod to medieval times, people's surnames are named after their parents' professions, and people are accorded video game-like "levels" based ...more
In 1966, Dennis Jones wrote a sci-fi novel called Colossus: The Forbin Project. Made into a film a few years later, it always seemed to me the perfect complement to Arthur C Clarke’s (and Kubrick’s) story 2001: A Space Odyssey . Neither Jones’s book nor the film caused anything like the cultural splash that Clarke and Kubrick made. This has always struck me as unjust, especially when I encounter pieces like Qualityland which seem to be direct descendants ...more
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I burst out cackling in public several times while reading this, so I think it qualifies as quite funny. It's a dystopian future in which algorithms and filter bubbles completely control everyday life. People receive packages they haven't ordered (but are predicted to want) delivered by drones that ...more
The premise of 'QualityLand' looked very promising: (dystopic) science-fiction with a good slab of humour. Also perfect to listen to in the car, for example. Although the story takes place in the future, it can really be considered a satire ...more
And besides, Marc-Uwe Kling is a good writer.
I can highly recommend this book.
Well, this was a good time. Best book I've read in quite a while. Another reviewer said it's been picked up for development by HBO, which I can only hope is correct.
I'll make an effort here to not repeat what others have said about this. I got to thinking at some point during reading & came to the conclusion that despite all the nice sounding ideas that always return to that concept of advancing tech. somehow...more
In the past few years, much discussion has focused on the question of personal data; what we give away in exchange for a supposedly free service, how a digital identity of who we are is constructed, and how the algorithms which possess this information creates a world almost wholly bespoke to us.
I first heard about the notion of an internet ‘bubble’ at my first year of university many years ago. At the time, the prospect that purely ...more
In my opinion, this book is Wall-E meets The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Black Mirror…don’t believe me? Read this book.
Qualityland is a place in the near future where the lives of the people are dictated by ratings. One’s place in society is a ranking system. If you ...more
Such a scary, hilarious, satirical dystopia.
This book plays in a world, where drones from "The Shop" (the worlds biggest and most popular online-Shopping-Place) deliver stuff to your doorstep that you did not order, because "The Shop" knows what you need. A world, where "Quality Partner" will find you a partner, because it knows everything about you. A world, where "Everybody", the world's biggest social ...more
There's a lot that gets addressed here, but one of the main ideas in the story is that poverty and adversity are a cycle, and most of the time one's ...more
This was absolutely hilarious (and, you know, horrifying) some of the best satire I've read in a while. Full review to come closer to publication. Add this one to your TBR if you like satire and social commentary, I promise it's worth it.
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This is what I would consider to be a satirical dystopian novel and it absolutely excelled at being exactly that. I had the best time reading this book and laughed countless times.
Qualityland takes place in a ...more
This is a book that definitely deserves to be read at least twice. It takes the ideal Utopian-futuristic Society and shows how messed up everything is. At a minimum, it appears to a political and social satire of how business and politics are interconnected and how everyone else is a part of it.
Among other concepts that this book expresses, the idea that rank and money equate to almost limitless power and the interaction between robots and humans and the problems ...more
I would call this a dystopian/sci-fi/satire ...more