When Connie Willis is on she on I adored this booknovella where aliens land in Denver and the expression on their faces is one of permanent disdain They don t *talk don t seem to react to anything and no one can figure out what to *don t seem to react to anything and no one can figure out what to with them Until they are taken
a mall at time and all simultaneously sit down It takes awhile but it seems they responded to the lyrics in Christmas carol Is this how best to communicate with them Our heroine a newspaper reporter and a choir director try to put it all together This is a very humorous Christmas story with an excellent message Enjoy Connie Willis loves Christmas and its accompanying frivolity and nonsense and this 2008 Hugo Award winner for Best Novella is a nice addition to her collection of Christmas fiction It s available free online on Asimov s website here s a uick amusing read with Willis s trademark comedic setup a budding romance between two uietly competent individuals surrounded by chaos Don t get too worked up over the mystery of why the aliens won t communicate this story is not meant to be profound science fiction Wi. The ali.To A Mall At
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Llis is at building up suspense which I think actually hurts the story a little bit in this case because the big reveal doesn t uite measure up Still lots of fun to read For all the studies that show how bad social media is for us and I m not doubting those are accurate still the internet has brought so much oy to my life Thanks to reading blogs and Goodreads reviews I ve learned of books and authors and fan groups that I would never have heard of on my own This book is a perfect exampleI ve been reading the romance blog Smart *Bitches Trashy Books For Several Years I *Trashy Books for several years I have a shelf here for their recs One of their recent newsletters had holiday recs and All Seated on the Ground was mentioned I had never heard of Connie Willis before but I was intrigued by the review and downloaded it I loved this story It s fairly short but so funny I LOLed several times And I ve been singing in church choirs for practically my whole life so I related to that aspect too And there s even a sweet romance I d call that ust pretty nearly perfect Happy holidays I read the electronic version via th. Ens hav. ,
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Christmas and singing very large choirs Combining the two especially with Handel s Hallelujah Chorus is priceless And as Aunt Judith and the Altairi reminded me A prompt handwritten note expressing gratitude is the only proper form of thanks I ll be posting those notes to friends and family today Highly recommended especially during this oyous season *bearing tidings of comfort and oy to all Oh Connie Willis Thank you for a different Christmas experience with this *tidings of comfort and oy to all Oh Connie Willis Thank you for a different Christmas experience with this fi story of another stripe They landed their spaceship in Denver in the middle of the DU campus and marched well actually marched is the wrong word the Altairi s method of locomotion is somewhere between a glide and a waddle straight up to the front door of University Hall in classic Take me to your leader fashion And that was itThey ust stood thereThe rest of this novella is the tale of how the humans attempt to discover who these aliens are and how their visit impacts the area s Christmas time is a perfect Christmas Eve read to supplement the classics. E lande. .Love Christmas And Singing