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LoveStar: A Novel [Paperback]

Andri Snaer Magnason , Victoria Cribb

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Nov. 20 2012
"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

LoveStar, the enigmatic and obsessively driven founder of the LoveStar corporation, has unlocked the key to transmitting data via birdwaves, thus freeing mankind from wires and devices, and allowing consumerism, technology, and science to run rampant over all aspects of daily life. Cordless modern men and women are paid to howl advertisements at unsuspecting passers-by, REGRET machines eliminate doubt over roads not taken, soul mates are identified and brought together (while existing, unscientifically validated relationships are driven remorselessly asunder), and rocketing the dead into the sky becomes both a status symbol and a beautiful, cathartic show for those left behind.
 
Indridi and Sigrid, two blissfully happy young lovers, have their perfect worlds threatened (along with Indridi’s sanity) when they are “calculated apart” and are forced to go to extreme lengths to prove their love. Their journey ultimately puts them on a collision course with LoveStar, who is on his own mission to find what might become the last idea in the world.
 
Steeped in influences ranging from Italo Calvino, Jorge Luis Borges, and Kurt Vonnegut to George Orwell, Douglas Adams, and Monty Python, Andri Snær Magnason has created a surreal yet uncomfortably familiar world, where the honey embrace of love does its utmost to survive amid relentless and overpowering controls. 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press; Reprint edition (Nov. 20 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609804260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609804268
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.1 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

“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.”
—Typographical Era

“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.”
—Three Percent

"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.”
–RS Bohn 

About the Author

Andri Snær Magnason is one of Iceland's most celebrated young writers. He has written poetry, plays, fiction, and non-fiction, and in 2009 he co-directed the documentary Dreamland, which was based on his book Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation. In 2002 LoveStar was named "Novel of the Year" by Icelandic booksellers and received the DV Literary Award and a nomination for the Icelandic Literary Prize. LoveStar was also shortlisted for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award. His children's book, The Story of the Blue Planet—now published or performed in twenty-six countries—was the first children's book to receive the Icelandic Literary Prize, and was also the recipient of the Janusz Korczak Honorary Award and the West Nordic Children's Book Prize. Andri is the winner of the 2010 Kairos Award.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Calculated love with funerals in the skies Dec 30 2012
By Sigurdur Fjalar Sigurdarson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I originally read the icelandic version of this book by Magnason, being icelandic and all that, and found it to be brilliant.

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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stellar read Jan. 21 2013
By MrTim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just finished this book yesterday, as a "random pick read" from my local library. I am very fortunate to have stumbled across it. If you enjoy 'science fiction' which is not so much about 'teleporting, laser cannons, and space travel' (i.e., based in 'extreme tech') but rather which takes current issues in society; teases them into a possible future 'what if...' carried to the Nth degree (somewhat absurdly, although how much so remains to be debated in this case) -- then you will love this book. The story reads incredibly well, is engaging, and succeeds at presenting a future which is both utterly horrific and entirely recognizable. It addresses a fairly wide range of themes spanning work and our place in society; society and its place in our lives; love; death; religion; advertising and media; communication and relationships; corporations, growth and 'progress'; and the overlap of all these themes in people and how they live their lives. Even if you don't particularly care for a book which has 'a lot to say' this is an excellent and enjoyable read that can be simply taken for an entertaining and engaging story if that is all you feel like :-)
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely stunning. May 17 2014
By DaniSmilez - Published on Amazon.com
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Read this book on the recommendation of an Icelandic friend and I am SO GLAD I did. It took me a few attempts to be able to describe this book to friends as I was reading it, but it was impossible not to talk about. It's a beautiful story about a crazy future that feels all-too-possible at times. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT very imaginative May 4 2014
By Jasmine Peters - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
It's was full of interesting inventions....the best one is howlers...ad companies pay to tap into your speech center and make you review an ad when people in there target group are near. Sad ending but something good always comes after. I enjoyed it alot.
5.0 out of 5 stars FiveStar March 29 2014
By Miss Sockmonkey - Published on Amazon.com
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"Who would have thought it: the Mickys turned out bad, the Wolf good." Loved this book. A highly imaginative, funny, thought provoking, vividly written page turner.

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