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Tell the Machine Goodnight: A Novel (urspr publ 2018; utgåvan 2018)

av Katie Williams (Författare)

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FINALIST FOR 2018 KIRKUS PRIZE NAMED ONE OF THE "BEST LITERARY FICTION OF 2018' BY KIRKUS REVIEWS "Sci-fi in its most perfect expression...Reading it is like having a lucid dream of six years from next week, filled with people you don't know, but will." --NPR "[Williams's] wit is sharp, but her touch is light, and her novel is a winner." - San Francisco Chronicle "Between seasons of Black Mirror, look to Katie Williams' debut novel." --Refinery29  Smart and inventive, a page-turner that considers the elusive definition of happiness. Pearl's job is to make people happy. As a technician for the Apricity Corporation, with its patented happiness machine, she provides customers with personalized recommendations for greater contentment. She's good at her job, her office manager tells her, successful. But how does one measure an emotion? Meanwhile, there's Pearl's teenage son, Rhett. A sensitive kid who has forged an unconventional path through adolescence, Rhett seems to find greater satisfaction in being unhappy. The very rejection of joy is his own kind of "pursuit of happiness." As his mother, Pearl wants nothing more than to help Rhett--but is it for his sake or for hers? Certainly it would make Pearl happier. Regardless, her son is one person whose emotional life does not fall under the parameters of her job--not as happiness technician, and not as mother, either. Told from an alternating cast of endearing characters from within Pearl and Rhett's world, Tell the Machine Goodnight delivers a smartly moving and entertaining story about the advance of technology and the ways that it can most surprise and define us. Along the way, Katie Williams playfully illuminates our national obsession with positive psychology, our reliance on quick fixes. What happens when these obsessions begin to overlap? With warmth, humor, and a clever touch, Williams taps into our collective unease about the modern world and allows us see it a little more clearly.… (mer)
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Titel:Tell the Machine Goodnight: A Novel
Författare:Katie Williams (Författare)
Info:Riverhead Books (2018), Edition: First Edition, First Printing, 304 pages
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What a disappointment considering the great premise. The machine in the title refers to a tiny device (which reminded me of the Theranos gizmo), the Apricity, that offers recommendations towards happiness based on a cheek swab it processes. The very first chapter shows one of the uses of the devices: employers subjecting their employees to it (to improve productivity), except that one of the recommendations a man gets is to amputate a chunk of his finger (HR already agreed to pay for it!). There was so much that could have been done with such a premise. Some of it is mentioned or hinted at but never really explored. When the recommendations could involve doing harm, they are removed. Could the recommendations be used in a court of law? Can people be coerced to undergo the procedure?
Sadly, very quickly, the narrative shifts from those potentialities to the much less interesting inner cogitations of not very interesting characters.
This was a quick and very unsatisfying read. ( )
  SocProf9740 | Jul 11, 2021 |
I really enjoyed this book. It had an interesting premise and some great prose. It is a book that will stick with me. However, don't go into this book expecting a plot, it is more of a series of vignettes revolving around the same character. Overall, I would recommend it to any fans of slipstream books or weird books. ( )
  queenofthebobs | Mar 16, 2021 |
Pearl works for Apricity, a company that makes a machine that can take a sample of a person's DNA, and tell them three things they can do to find happiness. Usually these things are small, like eat oranges, go for walks, get a puppy. The book explores Pearl, her son who has an extreme eating disorder, her ex-husband who is an artist, his young new girlfriend with a troubled past, and her boss who wants to move up in the company. All of these people use or abuse Apricity machines in different ways.

The characters are all interesting - it's hard for a book this short to explore so many people in depth and make them feel real and give them room to grow and develop. Unfortunately, all of this time exploring characters doesn't really leave much room for a plot. The book kind of feels like a collection of loosely-connected short stories. It is ostensibly exploring what "happiness" means and whether you can really achieve happiness based on the recommendations of a machine, but it never really delivers. The book seems promising, but I ultimately found it to be unsatisfying. ( )
  Gwendydd | Mar 6, 2021 |
Tell the Machine Goodnight brings together science fiction's sense of wonder and literary fiction's deep interrogation of character to challenge its readers' ideas about happiness and its sources. This is a novel that trusts its readers to be sophisticated consumers of both genres: the set up is speculative, but the delivery is decidedly literary. Though some of the time shifts were somewhat unsatisfying, I found the book as a whole addressed the questions it posed. I highly recommend this witty, engaging book to readers of both genres, even if it does knock our ideas about happiness a bit off kilter. ( )
  T.D.Walker | Nov 3, 2019 |
Such an interesting premise and mostly successful execution until it took a sudden turn for the gruesome. If you’re at all sensitive about harm being done to animals, run away! If I’d known about that aspect of the book beforehand, I’d never have picked it up. ( )
  Editrixie | Jul 6, 2019 |
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FINALIST FOR 2018 KIRKUS PRIZE NAMED ONE OF THE "BEST LITERARY FICTION OF 2018' BY KIRKUS REVIEWS "Sci-fi in its most perfect expression...Reading it is like having a lucid dream of six years from next week, filled with people you don't know, but will." --NPR "[Williams's] wit is sharp, but her touch is light, and her novel is a winner." - San Francisco Chronicle "Between seasons of Black Mirror, look to Katie Williams' debut novel." --Refinery29  Smart and inventive, a page-turner that considers the elusive definition of happiness. Pearl's job is to make people happy. As a technician for the Apricity Corporation, with its patented happiness machine, she provides customers with personalized recommendations for greater contentment. She's good at her job, her office manager tells her, successful. But how does one measure an emotion? Meanwhile, there's Pearl's teenage son, Rhett. A sensitive kid who has forged an unconventional path through adolescence, Rhett seems to find greater satisfaction in being unhappy. The very rejection of joy is his own kind of "pursuit of happiness." As his mother, Pearl wants nothing more than to help Rhett--but is it for his sake or for hers? Certainly it would make Pearl happier. Regardless, her son is one person whose emotional life does not fall under the parameters of her job--not as happiness technician, and not as mother, either. Told from an alternating cast of endearing characters from within Pearl and Rhett's world, Tell the Machine Goodnight delivers a smartly moving and entertaining story about the advance of technology and the ways that it can most surprise and define us. Along the way, Katie Williams playfully illuminates our national obsession with positive psychology, our reliance on quick fixes. What happens when these obsessions begin to overlap? With warmth, humor, and a clever touch, Williams taps into our collective unease about the modern world and allows us see it a little more clearly.

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