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All About Emily [Kindle Edition]

Connie Willis
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Theater legend Claire Havilland fears she might be entering the Sunset Boulevard phase of her career. That is, until her manager arranges a media appearance with her biggest fan--a famous artificial intelligence pioneer's teenage niece. After precocious Emily's backstage visit, Claire decides she's in a different classic film altogether. While unnaturally charming Emily swears she harbors no desire for the spotlight, Claire wonders if she hasn't met her very own Eve Harrington from All About Eve. But the story becomes more complex as dreams of fame give way to concerns about choice, free will, and identity.

With this long, 17,000 word novelette, acclaimed author Connie Willis combines the glamour of old Hollywood and the eternal allure of Broadway to explore the cutting edge robotics of a richly-imagined near future. All About Emily is sure to join 'The Last of the Winnebagos,' 'Inside Job' and 'All Seated on the Ground' as one of multiple-award-winner Willis' seminal works.

Product Details

  • File Size: 601 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press (December 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006J2HY3E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,141 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever Willis December 9, 2011
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I am a huge Connie Wiilis fan and this lives up to her body of work. She has a witty and breeze style that still manages to deliver an emotional wope. With homage to both Hollywood, most specifically, "All About Eve", and the science fiction classic, "I, Robot", she explores themes from both but turns them on their ears (is that the right expression?, ears?). A work that is short but sweet. J.K. Potter's illustrations are a nice addition.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful homage to theater history February 5, 2012
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Connie does it again with this delightfully lighthearted story. No one, as far as I know, knows more about movies and movie history than Connie, and with this novella she gives us a glimpse into not only movies and the theater, but the venerable Rockettes, and a fresh and entertaining look at the civil rights of robots. Much different take from Asimov's! I recommend this for a fun weekend read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming SF send-up of All About Eve. Giggle-worthy. November 11, 2012
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Connie Willis is one of the most absolutely reliable authors out there. I know, absolutely _know_, that she will deliver a story that sucks all of my attention, and causes me to stay up well past my bedtime to read. It's nearly impossible to be both funny and thought-provoking, and Connie Willis does it time after time.

That's certainly the case with All About Emily, yet another story from Willis that I can easily recommend.

What I can't do, however, is summarize the story. It'd be too easy to give you spoilers. To be circumspect, then: Our heroine Claire is a Broadway actress who's somewhat concerned about her career (she's past the point where she's willing to wear fishnet stockings) who is introduced to a young girl, Emily, who knows as much as Claire does about movies and theater (Did you know that the first film Marilyn Monroe appeared in was..? ah, but I digress). And then... No, really, I shouldn't tell you more.

One unique problem-and-delight, though, is that Connie Willis is a master (mistress? that doesn't sound right) of the novella. Most writers develop skill at very short stories (which is not a remunerative endeavor, anymore, but let's not get into THAT discussion), or more likely they write long books. Very long books. Trilogies that take 10 books to write. Willis has certainly written some long fiction (Blackout and All Clear had to be split into two novels), but the stuff that makes us love her so much is short. Case in point: All About Emily, which is 96 pages long, and which I read (okay, _consumed_, like a starving person who hasn't had chocolate in a week) in perhaps two hours. Probably less.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a SHORT story December 20, 2012
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Just in case you are unaware, this is a SHORT STORY. It's actually quite short, even for a short story. I love Connie Willis's work, including "To say nothing of the dog", "Doomsday book", "Uncharted territory", and I even love her collaborations in youth fiction, but this story is not an example of her best work. Lately Willis seems to be putting out quick and dirty stories/novellas, rehashing old ideas and styles, consisting of people talking really fast, listing off facts (showing that the author has done some research), running around missing each other. I'd like to see something more fresh and innovative. I think this short story might be OK in a collection of stories, but not as a stand alone sale, and anyway $5 is way too much for such a short story. 99cents maybe.

If you are curious about Connie Willis, check out her other much superior work and skip this story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'I, robot' for the female audience. February 24, 2013
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Connie Willis has this remarkable ability to describe a person intimately. With a few strokes of her pen, you know these people, you've met them and you understand them. Love her work.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basically a short story November 26, 2012
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Somehow I missed the fact that this is a very short story. I was confused because other Willis short stories were priced at 2.99. I do not normally object to price but the story was not long enough to be satisfying to me. In fact I'm a little surprised at all the 5 stars. The character of Emily shows up, she exchanges theater trivia with the main character Claire, then Emily leaves, then shows up again, and that's it. While the theater trivia is mildly entertaining, it is not incredibly clever or witty or even that obscure. I'm not a huge theater buff but I knew all the references. Anyway, in summary, the price tag and length surprised me.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And a happy ending, too. August 12, 2012
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Another smashing Connie Willis story, and it's not about the blitz! It is full of the usual snappy dialogue, sharp humor and interesting history. And robots. Don't forget the robots. They're going to take over, of course. But if they're all as nice as Emily, no one will be concerned. And there's a happy ending. What's not to like?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The incredible Connie Willis August 8, 2014
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Let me start out by saying that this story is way too short. This is not meant as a criticism but a lament. Her stories always seem to touch me on a deep personal level. Her writing style is not complex or poetic but it always brings tears to my eyes. She appeals to the humanity in all of us and does so with deceptive simplicity; she always supports her stories with a lot of research and empathy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab novella
Great concept and writing. It helps if you are familiar with the movie "All About Eve". Of course, I would have of course enjoyed having more to read, but I think for the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Cannon
5.0 out of 5 stars What fun
I was a total spaz klutz as a kid. Took beginning ballet for five years. Hopeless. But I understand the ambition and the conversations in this story. A sweet read On a cold day.
Published 1 month ago by Carol Lindsay
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I did finish this novella and was mildly interested, but it just doesn't compare to Willis's better, more recent books. I guess that says she's improving as a writer. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joyce Creed
5.0 out of 5 stars All About Emily - Short Story by Connie Willis
Had read an excerpt on another site and had to get this so I could finish the story. Twist at the end; not at all what I was expecting. Very enjoyable reading. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Wallace Webster
5.0 out of 5 stars another awesome story by Willis
Excellent Christmas story: the happy/sad pathos you want and need from such a story!
Going to keep this review short so I can go back and re-read!
Published 15 months ago by Ryan Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok. More of a short story.
Good, solid Connie Willis, but short and not worth the price charged, as far as I'm concerned. Three more words
Published 18 months ago by A. Bloomfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting tale by a masterful storyteller
I like Connie Willis, and I like the way she tells a tale — usually. This one was hard to warm up to, but I'm going to blame it on me: Emily was too much of a fact-spouter. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Chris Fow Cohen
4.0 out of 5 stars Just about anything by Connie Willis is great!
This story is no exception. It is her wonderful tongue-in-cheek style that she uses so well in her novellas. She gives a great spin on the aging actress story.
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Have not read
Based on past experience with this author, she has never written anything that I've not liked. Her books are all great and can keep you on the edge of your seat.
Published on January 21, 2013 by Norma Friend
5.0 out of 5 stars Connie Willis is amazing!
One of my favorite short stories. The opening caught my attention immediately, and the interest and tension built from there. Read more
Published on January 7, 2013 by J. Ney-Grimm
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Connie Willis is an established author of many science fiction books, including THE DOOMSDAY BOOK, and winner of both the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award for best sf novel.

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