LoveStar review: a smartly structured novel, written with feeling and fire

LoveStar just got a very fine review in the Village Voice.

“A laugh-out-loud apocalypse, a daft two-against-the-world love story, and a slashing yet humane science-fiction satire of our faith in corporate designers and the godawful way advertising can cram everything but itself right out of our brains—Andri Snær Magnason’s LoveStar (SevenStories Press, $16.95, 320 pages) is the rare novel that violates a reliable rule-of-thumb: Avoid new books compared to those of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams.

Perhaps inspired by but never indebted to the best of those writers’ works, Magnason’s novel (translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb) withstands the comparisons whatever you may make of those perennials.

As sharp-elbowed end-times lit, LoveStar falls more on the Cat’s Cradle end, but cheerier, its quest for God and love and everything undampened by the brittle loneliness that afflicted poor Vonnegut. And, unlike The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, it’s a smartly structured novel, written with feeling and fire, rather than being a print variation on a clever radio show.”

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