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Tell the Machine Goodnight
Tell the Machine Goodnight | Katie Williams
Happiness is Pearl's job. Using the revolutionary Apricity machine, every day she provides customers with personalized recommendations for their emotional wellbeing; from eating more tangerines to cutting off a finger, from getting a dog to getting a divorce.
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dxmy
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Panpan

2/5⭐

This book started out so good, but then it only went downhill. There was no plot and the changing POVs didn't make it any easier. This book had such a promising premise, only the execution really lacked in my opinion. It left me disappointed and unsatisfied

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dxmy
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On to the next one, apparently first published using another title! The tagline on the back intrigues me: 'If a machine could offer a prescription for happiness but you might not like the results would you take the test?' Would you? 🤔

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Quippe
Mehso-so

Katie Williams‘s literary SF novel is a thought-provoking look at technology, the search for happiness and people‘s desire to be told what to do and whose plot revolves around the relationships between its characters. However, some storylines are left unresolved while others have only a weak resolution and the Apricity technology is largely unexplored as a concept such that the book isn‘t as satisfying as it could have been.

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GivenLemons
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A novel that almost feels like a series of connected short stories, this is heavily character driven and examines our emotions. It was really interesting and I enjoyed it a lot!

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mcctrish
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Pickpick

This reminded me a of The Circle by Dave Eggers, it‘s a more realistic futuristic tale and very well written. You get quite lost in the story and there‘s a 6 degrees of separation to the characters so I found myself pausing at points going “wait, who is this?” as we switched point of views. It‘s a quick enjoyable read

Megabooks #stacking Thanks! Great review! 9mo
mcctrish Thank you @Megabooks 9mo
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mcctrish
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I‘m starting to think I choose books that match my bedroom

Bakingbookworm I‘m a total sucker for teal covers too. 9mo
Bakingbookworm I‘m a total sucker for teal covers too! 9mo
mcctrish @Bakingbookworm I almost bought 2 more last night ( book club is at a book store) and the only thing that saved me was knowing there‘s a sale this weekend 9mo
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Bakingbookworm Teal is my ‘signature colour‘. 😉 A book club at a book store is a dangerous thing. 📚 📚 📚 9mo
Mdargusch I love that color too! 9mo
mcctrish @Bakingbookworm it helps with choosing our next read 🤣 ( the sale shelves were well stocked last night but I was strong 😂) 9mo
mcctrish @Mdargusch it‘s funny how a colour can influence you picking a book, covers too. There are covers that have prevented me buying a book even though I know it‘s a good one, I can‘t bear looking at it 9mo
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mcctrish
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This one has me thinking of The Circle

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Pickpick

I really liked this book. Vignettes which were connected by characters. A world not too far in the future where there is a machine that tells you what you should do to be happier.

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rybrary
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Funny story about this. A friend of mine had me for Secret Santa and I opened this book and thought the cover looked cool but hadn't heard of it. I asked her if she had read it and she said no. I asked why she chose it and she told me she found it on my Goodreads TBR list... woops! I mindlessly add a lot of books but luckily this one looks great!

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Hooked_on_books
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Pickpick

It is 2035 and the Apricity machine can read DNA to tell a person the simple things they can do for happiness. This quirky novel reads closer to linked short stories and I really enjoyed it. I found the concept unique and the writing engaging.

#dogsofLitsy #Gunther

gradcat It does sound different in a quirky way...actually sounds great! But who I really want to compliment is your dog! Love, love, love ❤️ 11mo
Soubhiville All the love Gunther! 11mo
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sumaiyya.books
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Mehso-so

This was such a promising book and I couldn‘t believe how underrated it was. But after reading that ending I‘m just lost and confused. That was a big pile of nothingness. All the intrigue tapered into an ending that felt abrupt and bland. Kind of upset because I really thought I‘d discovered a good book. Wondering what the editors were thinking? Feels like a rush job.

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Oh no, sounds so frustrating! 11mo
ephemeralwaltz Gorgeous picture! So sorry you didn't enjoy the read. 11mo
sumaiyya.books @MommyWantsToReadHerBook 😣i really thought it was a good one 😭 11mo
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sumaiyya.books

Currently reading and it is so underrated!
Also; I‘ve written an essay to address the bookworm shaming and elitist attitude that unfortunately exists on Bookstagram and other Bookish communities. Thought I‘d share the link!
https://sumaiyyareads.wordpress.com/2018/12/02/we-need-to-talk-about-bookworm-sh...
#booklover #bookstagram

MeganAnn LOVED this! We all have to remember to not be so judgmental and nosy and allow others to have their own thoughts and feelings. I just had a conversation with my cousins about how reading teaches empathy because it gives us a chance to experience other things from the character‘s point of view. Thank you for posting ❤️ 11mo
BarbaraBB It is a very well-written article and I can imagine all those judgmental comments. I do notice them hardly ever here on Litsy however (i can‘t compare to Bookstagram). What do you think? 11mo
batsy All great points here. 11mo
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sumaiyya.books @MeganAnn thank you so much for reading ♥️ I agree wholeheartedly that reading makes us more empathetic ♥️ 11mo
sumaiyya.books @BarbaraBB thank you so much! I think I agree - Litsy doesn‘t have that kind of negative energy which is so great ♥️ 11mo
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alyssaca
Pickpick

Good read, ending wasn't as great as I hoped.

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Readage
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• This one is getting better; I'm enjoying the descriptions •

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Readage
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• "He always seemed like such a nice and polite young man...And then they find the bodies in the basement." ?? •

RadicalReader @Readage 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😂😂😂 13mo
Readage @RadicalReader Entertaining thought, huh!! 😂😂😂😉😉😉 13mo
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The.Intentional.Reader
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Really liked this one about the power of happiness. In the future a machine has been invented that can tell its users what they need to do to obtain happiness. But what is the definition of happiness for each person?

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Flaneurette
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Pickpick

This was fine. I doubt I will remember it in a month but a good palate cleanser, particularly after Sabrina, which wrecked me a little bit. Definitely a borrow not buy

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Flaneurette
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Saturday plans

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Decalino
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this intriguing book about Pearl, a dutiful employee of the Apricity company, and her son Rhett, a teenager struggling with severe anorexia. Apricity offers a test that will give the client recommendations to increase their happiness: eat more ice cream, stop talking to your brother, cut off the tip of your index finger. This was a highly memorable look at what it means to be happy.

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Shadowfat
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Pickpick

Going into work late due to the massive flooding meant I got to finish this without a late fee! The narrative switched between first and third person and between characters which worked surprisingly well. It wasn't what I expected but I enjoyed it!

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Readage

“Her arms were plump and liver-spotted with a fine mesh of lines at elbow and wrist, as if she wore her wrinkles like bracelets, like sleeves.”

The writing is beautiful

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Readage
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“They were still doing it, too—affairs and alliances, feuds and grudges long held—it was just that now they were older, which meant they were running around headlong with their little paunch bellies jiggling before them.” 😆

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Readage
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Readage

“Pearl had worked as a Contentment Technician for the Apricity Corporation‘s San Francisco office since 2026.”

This one already has “The Circle” vibe going. We‘ll see, the writing is good so far 👍🏼

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Readage
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• this one sounds just weird enough to work •

#currentlyreading #newrelease #fiction #librarybooks #hardcovers #weirdbooks

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Owlizabeth
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Pickpick

I really, really liked his, read it in basically two sittings. It‘s speculative fiction that questions happiness and technology and relationships and art and all while being entertaining and mildly amusing and slightly melancholy. I have a feeling this one will stick with me and I can‘t wait to see what Katie Williams does next. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

Scott_BookInvasion This sounds very interesting! I‘ll have to check it out. 1y
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Owlizabeth
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My morning - I raced through the first 100 pages of this one last night because I love it so hard. What is happiness and should that be our ultimate goal? Who decides? Right now, happiness is coffee and a good book!

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Kelly
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July's reading stats! I'm most of the way through a 20 hour audiobook that I'm enjoying but ngl, I've picked up some shorter ones I'm just itching to read.

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Kelly
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And now for something totally different.

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Owlizabeth
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My hold for Smoke and Iron finally came in! I love this series. #libraryhaul

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Purrfectpages
Panpan

Eh. I get what this book was trying to do, but I found it a little too “avant-garde” for me. Everything about this novel had a sort of vibe. It was sort of futuristic. It was sort of funny. It was sort of sad. It was definitely a commentary on our times. I sort of got it, until I didn‘t.

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Purrfectpages
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The premise of my next read is definitely unique!

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mauveandrosysky
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Pickpick

Bizarre and fascinating vignettes from a handful of interconnected characters‘ lives make up the narrative of this novel about people trying and failing to find happiness and contentment amid the disconnectedness of modern life. If you love speculative fiction like I do, definitely pick this up.

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EKonrad
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Pickpick

Williams' novel is simply put both weird and wonderful. It's set in the near future and is centered around a machine that can give people specific recommendations to make them happier (oh if only this existed!). Although the book is separated into chapters, it actually felt more like linked short stories to me. I'm surprised this one hasn't gotten more love - I'm obsessed with the magical realism tone! #arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Zelma Sold. That sounds really interesting! 1y
EKonrad @Zelma Hope you like it as much as i did! 😊 1y
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quirkyreader
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#book mail. This parcel showed up yesterday. Thank you @RiverheadBooks @PenguinRandomCa @penguinrandomhouse @penguinusa 🐧

TheKidUpstairs That reminds me, I've got this ARC in my shelf! It sounds good! 1y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Three cheers for #bookmail!!!

A surprise in the mail from the lovely @JazzFeathers - Thank you so much, Sarah! I'm excited to read your book!

And an ARC of the tagged book, which has drawn comparisons to Black Mirror. ❤

Jess7 I like the cover of the one on the left! Book Mail is truly the best type of mail! 🙌🏼🤗 2y
JazzFeathers I don't believe it! It's there already!!!!! 2y
TheKidUpstairs @Jess7 isn't it a great cover! I entered the goodreads giveaway based on the cover alone, and then I read the description and got even more excited! 2y
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TheKidUpstairs @JazzFeathers didn't take nearly as long as the one I sent you! Did you make the bookmark? It's lovely, I'm using it now 😁 I thought it was a perfect fit for my curvy read 2y
TheKidUpstairs @JazzFeathers I mean current read, not curvy 😂 2y
JazzFeathers Yes, l made the bookmark. I like making them 😊 What a fine concidence that it matches your read! 2y
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Heatherleegee
Mehso-so

This was an easy and quick read. It was enjoyable but not gripping. The book is much more about character relationships than it is about the future, and in fact Williams‘s future differs so little from present day that I wonder why she even bothered creating a future world. Williams is a good writer though, and I would read more by her.