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“Orwell, Vonnegut, and Douglas Adams are felt on every page, though Magnason is never derivative. His satire and insightful social commentary sweeten the pot and the sheer wackiness of Magnason’s oversized imagination is invigorating.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"“While nature and the culture of Iceland enrich LoveStar, its concerns and targets are universal, its beleaguered, hapless citizen-pawns recognizable as our future selves. The imaginative power of novels like LoveStar may serve as a wake-up call, if only we read and heed them.”
—World Literature Today
"Strange and refreshing—a lushly imagined future that reminded me of Vonnegut and Brautigan."
—Ed Park, author of Personal Days
“Exuberantly odd, LoveStar [...] has a certain charm.”
— The Complete Review
“If you like Kurt Vonnegut’s writing style you will like this book, which is presented in a satirical way but with a serious message underneath.”
—I'd Rather Be in Iceland
“Equal parts Vonnegut and Calvino, but never truly derivative of either influence, Magnason’s novel takes a sometimes scathing, sometimes humorous look at what happens when we willing give up our freedoms in exchange for the promise of a better tomorrow that never arrives.”
“It is no small accomplishment that in the ten years since LoveStar was released, the book feels not obsolete, but rather prescient, or at least exasperatingly plausible...it’s compulsively readable, due in great part to Andri Snær’s kooky creativity and the novel’s simple, straightforward style of prose.”
"Morality tale? Cautionary tale? Bizarro fiction? LoveStar is specific on speed, a philosopher's nightmare, and the most engaging thing I've read in a long time.”
One of Iceland’s most celebrated young writers, ANDRI SNÆR MAGNASON is the author poetry, plays, fiction, and non-fiction, and in 2009 he co-directed the documentary Dreamland, which was based on his own book Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation. In 2002 Magnason’s LoveStar was named "Novel of the Year" by Icelandic booksellers and received the DV Literary Award and a nomination for the Icelandic Literary Prize. It was also shortlisted for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award. His 2012 The Story of the Blue Planet—now published or performed in twenty-six countries—became the first children's book to receive the Icelandic Literary Prize and received the Janusz Korczak Honorary Award and the West Nordic Children's Book Prize. Magnason is the winner of the 2010 Kairos Award. He lives in Reykjavík.
And I'm so glad it was! Delightful and different and beautiful and bizarre. It's a book that makes you think.Published 10 months ago by Carrie G.
LoveStar was included in my daughter's Wish List. It arrived on time. The condition was a surprise. I purchased used but, it appeared brand new. Read morePublished 21 months ago by linda6770
Bizarre, imaginative tale, and could be closer to future truth than we'd like. An excellent read.
James C. Glass
author of EAGLE SQUAD
This guy has been considered for some of the top awards in Iceland! That's like saying someone is considered one of the top writers in one of the outlying bedroom communities in... Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by BigT
Love Star was a hilarious read!
All of a sudden the main character is screaming at people just because he has unwillingly been programmed to do so. Read more
This is a different read. I enjoyed some of the themes that this book portrayed, however, it's a poorly written book. Aimed more towards a younger audience. Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by Tony Zachary