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message 1: by Trish (new)

Trish Glad you liked it (although you rated it lower than I did - which doesn't happen often).

message 2: by Vavita (new)

Vavita "I don't believe that a company called The Circle would ever have gotten as far as it did". Mmmm. Maybe not because of all current laws that may protect us but the way employees working for this company behave is completely true. I work for big software company and we do "live" there. We have parties, gyms, coffee corners, tennis courts, banks, hair cutter, laundry, pharmacy, massage center, psycologists... all inside the office. We don't need to go out. We spend more time there that in our home. We also have a hotel a block away (that belongs to the company). Doesn't it sound familiar to The Circle We belong there. Not only to the place but to the ideology. Our Corporate Values are our Family Values. And we are talking Germany. Just think about how it is for the tech companies in California

message 3: by Trish (new)

Trish Vavita, I did not want to know that. AAAAA!!! Now I'm even more paranoid! *lol*
Just out of curiosity, which software company?

message 4: by Vavita (new)

Vavita Trish wrote: "Vavita, I did not want to know that. AAAAA!!! Now I'm even more paranoid! *lol*
Just out of curiosity, which software company?"

A big german one in Baden-Württemberg... ;-) I am sure you know it.

message 5: by Trish (new)

Trish Yep, that's what I though. ;)
I was aware just how big it was but had no idea about all the activities possible on the company's own grounds. That is staggering!

message 6: by Belinda (new)

Belinda Lewis Ooh. This might be our first serious Goodreads ratings disagreement - more than 1 star difference ;)

message 7: by Bradley (new)

Bradley Lol, not that much of a disagreement, and I've worked for big tech companies in the past, too, so I recognized the true validity of the Circle As Corporate Entity. :) Gave me shivers.

No, I think I'm of the mind that all of the outsiders, the social misfits, would rise up and smack these twitter-babies down. That some malcontent with a bomb or a sniper rifle would do the job, even. :) People are a LOT more aware of the centralization of power than seems evident in this novel, and that's what I complain about.

I read The Sudden Appearance of Hope recently and the same theme was here, only it was called Perfection, and it was a Social totalitarian regime, too, but it was the main character who was the permanent outsider (for good reasons) that really drove the brilliance of that novel home, even going so far as to take the monstrosity down.

If I hadn't recently read and loved that novel, I might have given this one a higher rating, but things are as they are. :) That other one is superior on all points. Again, my opinion. :)

message 8: by Kian.R (new)

Kian.R The sequel will be 'The Stick', just watch and see.

message 9: by Belinda (new)

Belinda Lewis Omg I'd forgotten about that The Sudden Appearance of Hope - how could I forget to read a Claire North novel?! Have just bought it :)

message 10: by Bradley (new)

Bradley Never forget Claire North! Oh! The Humanity!

message 11: by Dario (new)

Dario Cannizzaro Great review Brad. It's on my to-read list!

message 12: by Bradley (new)

Bradley Great!

message 13: by Eric (new)

Eric Tangentially re Frankenstein, if that's really all that novel is, an allegory about the dangers of science, it's going to have to leave -my- list anyway of novels I've become "newly interested in finally-what-took-me-so-long reading". I was under the impression there was more to it than -that-... maybe people have been projecting, as people will do :)

message 14: by Bradley (new)

Bradley Nah, Frankenstein is a classic for a lot more than that, although it's part of it. The other part is abandonment issues, responsibility to family, and love. The real monster is Victor, not his creation. You should read it anyway. :) Classics are classics for good reasons. :)

message 15: by Eric (new)

Eric Makes sense to me. Many of those I've been picking up lately (figuratively speaking, generally in are wonderful things, likewise at least some lesser or lesser-known works by those authors.

message 16: by kaufmasks (new)

kaufmasks i love the first paragraph XD

message 17: by Asghar (new)

Asghar Abbas Emma Waston :)

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