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Willkommen in QualityLand! In der Zukunft läuft alles rund: Arbeit, Freizeit und Beziehungen sind von Algorithmen optimiert. QualityPartner weiß, wer am besten zu dir passt. Das selbstfahrende Auto weiß, wo du hinwillst. Und wer bei TheShop angemeldet ist, bekommt alle Produkte, die er bewusst oder unbewusst haben will, automatisch zugeschickt, ganz ohne sie bestellen zu ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 9th 2020 by Orion (first published September 22nd 2017)
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Arianna Spaßeshalber wird gesagt, die dunkle Ausgabe sei für Pessimisten und die helle für Optimisten. Er spielt immer "Werbeunterbrechungen" zwischen die…moreSpaßeshalber wird gesagt, die dunkle Ausgabe sei für Pessimisten und die helle für Optimisten. Er spielt immer "Werbeunterbrechungen" zwischen die Kapitel und die unterscheiden sich in beiden Ausgaben. Es gibt aber einen Link im Buch, sodass man die Werbeunterbrechungen der jeweils anderen Ausgabe im Internet nachlesen kann und so nichts verpasst. Die Kapitel sind in beiden Büchern identisch. :)(less)
Sadie Ich empfehle das Hörbuch, ganz eindeutig (wie auch bei den Känguru Chroniken), weil Marc-Uwe Kling einfach zu gut liest. Da zeigt sich das ganze…moreIch empfehle das Hörbuch, ganz eindeutig (wie auch bei den Känguru Chroniken), weil Marc-Uwe Kling einfach zu gut liest. Da zeigt sich das ganze Können des poetry slammenden Kleinkünstlers: Der Stimm- und Sprachwitz ist wie gewohnt perfekt abgestimmt und getimt, und durch die größere Auswahl an Stimmen sogar noch vielfältiger als beim Känguru.(less)
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Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites, reviewed, vine

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
Welcome to my review of QualityLand! This state-of-the-art piece of infotainment is brought to you courtesy of Amazon, everyone's favourite online retailer. Why don't you download the latest Kindle bestseller now before your Facebook friends reveal all the spoilers?

I'm sure you've already heard about QualityLand, the novel everyone is talking about, but let me tell you about it again! QualityLand is the best, richest, most powerful country in the world! It is formally illegal to refer to
The Peril of Eliminating Moral Peril

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
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

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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
Auntie Terror
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Qualityland is unique and genre-bending, described as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets 1984. It is entertaining, exciting, and a quick read with short chapters, which I LOVE. I’ve also downloaded the audio to listen to in the future because I previewed the narrator, and I think it’s going even more exciting in that format.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.

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I've never been able to finish reading an entire satire book. I start them, laugh at the absurdity and have a great time for a while, but then I quit reading them. Once I've got the point they are trying to make, and have a few laughs at whatever-they-are-making-fun-of's expense, I don't see the point of going on. It gets monotonous and loses its humor for me.

This book is a dystopian set in an extreme consumer-driven world. Basically, a company that is definitely not Amazon has taken over and
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Zoeytron by: Lori's review
Shelves: public-library
Is it really going to come to this? I was planning to poach a phrase of a GR buddy to say this novel is "Crazy Town Banana Pants", but we may have already gone too far down the road. As our dependence on techie toys becomes rote, it may very well be that it is too late to turn back now. Gnats caught in a web, that's what we are.

Androids are a species unto themselves now. In an effort to make all Artificial Intelligence more closely resemble that of humans, a dangerous corner has been turned. We
Edited on 18th September 2019: I just found out that the English edition will be published on 7th January 2020, so keep an eye on it and/or possible ARCs: Qualityland (as much as I liked the double cover of the German original, the English version is even more beautiful and clever!) I listened to the audiobook and saw the theatre play, enjoyed both and now wholeheartedly recommend this to my English speaking friends and followers, hoping the translation will do it justice. /ETA

Das Wichtigste
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like if Hitchhikers Guide Met Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Very funny and worth checking out if you like either of the above.

Full RTC.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
QualityLand Marc-Uwe Kling

Thank you Grand Central Publishing and @librofm for the audio copy of this book that I absolutely loved and enjoyed listening to.

This was initially published in German 2017. QualityLand is part science fiction, part speculative and one hundred percent amazing!

Just imagine a world where data rules everything we do from who we date, what we buy, where we work and what opportunities presented were based on points. Predictive algorithm rules most of the day to day
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german, fiction, 2019
I was halfway through mentally composing a German review of this German book before learning that it's coming out in English in early 2020, with an HBO series to follow, so nochmal auf Englisch it is.

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
Auntie Terror
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
As good as the book, maybe even better. I don't know whether that is because of the edition (black vs. gray) or because of Kling's abilities as a reader.
Kim Lockhart
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rarely would I consider a lampoonish parody of our culture as worthy of 5 stars, but this novel is pitch-perfectly clever.

QualityLand begins by posing the question: what if nearly any problem could be solved by rebranding? Maybe perception truly is more important than reality.

The best rebranding is of the Nuremberg defense, but the other elements are pretty spot-on, too, in this farcical treatise about the unforeseen consequences of data mining, propaganda, and dependence on technology.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read German books that often, though I hope to read a few this year. One must maintain one's knowledge and skills, which can be done in various ways: reading, listening, writing, ... separately or combined. Audio books are useful tools in this context.

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
John Hatley
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent read. Its vision of the future expertly combines an alarming view of where our current internet obsession could lead us (or maybe we're already there?) with an unusually refreshing sense of humour.

And besides, Marc-Uwe Kling is a good writer.

I can highly recommend this book.
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
---- Full disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ----

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

Joachim Stoop

Very clever and inventive dystopian satire, as if Kevin Wilson wrote an extended Black mirror episode. But it is waaaaay too long and stuffed
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahhh it‘s so funny. Such a „black mirror“-ish novel. I liked it. (I had to compare it to the Känguru Chroniken though and I liked those a bit better.)
The Nerd Daily
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by AB Endacott

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
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Y’all, I finished this book days ago, and I am still trying to wrap my head around what I just read. This book is straight bananas…I’m NOT making that up. It’s equal parts laugh out loud and holy sh*t did that just happen?!

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
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
QualityLand has been compared to George Orwell's 1984 (my all-time favourite book), and I agree. 1984 Lite, maybe; but a fitting 21st century complement, a companion, to Orwell's masterpiece. The themes are similar - the threat of totalitarianism, albeit of another kind - and the disappearance of personal freedom but the tone is very different. While 1984 is very dark and depressing, QualityLand is often very funny, heavy on sarcasm, irreverent, and as relevant today as 1984 was in its day.

Matthew Berman
Wow, this book is different.

“Have you ever thought that it could be a blessing to not know the details of something? That one might perhaps need the space created by uncertainty? I mean, can we really be free if everything is precisely measured and determined? What if we live in a world in which everything is exact but wrong?”

That’s exactly the world Peter Jobless lives in. In the near future, in some Western society that has changed its name to QualityLand (because who wouldn’t want exported
Katrin Lipps
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review in English, because this book NEEDS to be translated ASAP for the world to read:
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
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a very good time that feels super short! I was laughing out loud multiple times
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Very good writing, i read it in just 3 days! It was very interesting and very well translated into dutch.
I really really enjoyed this one, probably because the author was very much preaching to the choir. I loved that this book is basically just an excuse for the Kling to spout a ton of social commentary, because it means I got to read a fun, funny book that also had something to say and made me think and wasn't completely pointless and forgettable.

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
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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