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LoveStar: A Novel Paperback – November 20, 2012
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—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.”
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Here, a distopic version of the future is put in a humorous context with the love of ones live being a calculated.. say technical fact and every single person being a walking advertisement, voluntarily and sometimes involuntarily if unlucky. The story follows two lovers living in this crazy future that one day are told that they have NOT been "calculated together" - they are not ment to be together - and their true partners are out there waiting for them, sad and lonely. Disbelieved and in love, they do everything they can to fight this calculated fact resulting in humorous scenarios and funerals in the skies..
I recommend this one to all that like the works of Douglas Adams.
Great read for fans of sci-phi and fantasy.
All of a sudden the main character is screaming at people just because he has unwillingly been programmed to do so. This is, of course, to sell products. What, I ask myself? What is going on? And then as I read further it all becomes clearer to me, although I did find it confusing in places. But then the author's humor would kick in and I'd be laughing all over again. Of course, selling products is not the only thing the author writes about. But I'll let you determine what is going on as it is well worth the read.
It's funny to read and you do get a giggle out of it. It's a wonderful take on commercialism and how ludicrous people can be. It is also a lovely love story. Kind of like Romeo and Juliet in a weird way. Two people who are in some ways opposites, fall in love and people all around them are trying to break them up.
Sad, lovely, humorous, fun and in general, a really good read. It's almost haunting in the way I remember it. I read Love Star a number of months ago but didn't write a review. I just thought of it now and it's interesting how many details I've remembered about it. It deserves five stars and it'll be a great read for anyone wanting to veer off into unknown territory.
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