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My first Connie Willis novel was To Say Nothing of the Dog back in 2005 before I had started book blogging in earnest. Recently I noticed that my library has a nice collection of her novels. As I was in the middle of reading for the Cybils I chose the shortest book I could find, D.A.
D.A. is an 80 page novella what was first published in a collection and then separately. It's by far the silliest Connie Willis story I've read to date. While she can write very serious novels (Doomsday Book for instance) she really shines when he embraces her off the wall sense of humor.
The novel follows Theodora Baumgarten who wants nothing more than to get into UCLA. While everyone else is gaga to go into space as an IASA cadet she wants nothing to do with space. Imagine her surprise when she's chosen to be the cadet from her school that year! Especially when she didn't apply.
Can Theodora and her hacker friend back on Earth set things to right? I loved the quick pace of this novella and the way that Willis was able to create a believable and charming teenage voice for her protagonist.
Comment #1: Thursday, February, 11, 2010 at 22:32:52
Laura @ I'm Booking It
I love Connie Willis! I read this one about a year ago, and need to dig it out for my daughter. Hmm, I wonder where I put it...
For a fun, light read, pick up Connie Willis's Bellwether. I need to reread it soon!
Comment #2: Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 20:30:23
Thank you for recommending Bellwether. I definitely plan to read more of her books. I think my library has that book.