Tell the Machine Goodnight

Tell the Machine Goodnight

Pearl's job is to make people happy. Every day, 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 gr Pearl's job is to make people happy. Every day, she provides customers with personalized recommendations for greater ...

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Title:Tell the Machine Goodnight
Author:Katie Williams
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0525533125
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Tell the Machine Goodnight Reviews

  • Res
    Jul 19, 2018
    Glimpses into interconnected lives touched by the Apricity machine, which can read your DNA from a cheek swab and give you three recommendations that will make you happy. On a sentence-by-sentence level, this is very nicely written, with a lot of clever turns of phrase and insightf...
  • Kelly
    Jul 30, 2018
    A smart, savvy, and funny novel about our culture's obsession with technology and happiness. Pearl's job is to run the Apricity, which doles out the steps one needs to take in order to become happy. Some of those steps are bizarre -- wear a velvet suit, cut off the tip of your right in...
  • Gloria
    Aug 16, 2018
    Set in the near future, this inventive and moving story profiles people trying to find happiness with the help of a machine. What if the secret of happiness could be found in a simple DNA swab? This clever tale reveals that when it comes to happiness, there are no easy answers. As t...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    Jul 07, 2018
    I really love speculative fiction, so this was right up my alley. Imagine if there were a machine that could tell you exactly what you needed to do to be happier. Pearl works for the creators of Apricity, a device that does exactly that, and spends her days providing people with this c...
  • Gabrielle
    Mar 16, 2018
    The first blurb I've written in a while: "Tell the Machine Goodnight is philosophical, funny, cleverly structured, unpredictable. The characters are recognizably humans, but not ones I have met before; the world-building is creative and completely convincing. I doubt I will ever rea...
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    Jul 12, 2018
    What if you could turn happiness into a consumer product? What if a machine could tell you simple instructions to achieve it? ?Eat tangerines,? ?Arrange fresh flowers,? ?Write poetry.? What if the pursuit of happiness became a guarantee? This theme is explored in Katie Will...
  • Janet
    Jul 16, 2018
    Eh. I get what this book was trying to do, but it was a little too ?avant-garde? for me. Everything about this book had a sort of vibe. It was sort of a 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...
  • Jacqueline
    Aug 19, 2018
    This was a cute book. It'd make for a cute movie, I think--but there's a lot of internal dialogue that could be difficult to translate over. Fine piece of speculative fiction with the main strength being its real-to-life, complex characters, especially Pearl and her family. I can't say...
  • MissBecka
    Oct 04, 2018
    I have no idea what the plot was. The changing POV's and the half truths revealed were confusing. It felt like I was reading modern philosophy rather than a story. So why did I give it 4 stars? I still have no idea. The writing is amazing even if it doesn't make any sense. ...
  • Erin
    Jul 04, 2018
    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 l...
  • Ben
    Sep 06, 2018
    Probably a 4.5/5 but I was charmed enough to round this one up for rating purposes here. I picked this up because of NPR Books' review and it was just as delightful as they made it out to be. This novel feels like a set of interconnected short stories, following around someone who w...
  • Charlotte Jones
    Jul 21, 2018
    *Disclaimer: I was sent this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. After reading Geekerella, I really fancied reading something completely difference and I was drawn to science-fiction, particularly after loving Spaceman of Bohemia so much. I received this b...
  • Gaele
    Aug 06, 2018
    Focused on the ?quick fix? need that seems to have overtaken society, this story focuses on Pearl and those people who are part of her life, as she navigates the world and all of life?s stressors while trying to achieve happiness. What if there was a technology or machine that wo...
  • Lori
    Jul 03, 2018
    I loved this book! It had an original story and lovable, relatable, realistic characters. While some of the reviewers have said the message isn't a particularly strong one, it hit me pretty hard at the end. I thought it was lovely the way it did hit me, because it was more like a "DUH!...
  • Kitty
    Jun 25, 2018
    I wished this book would never end. ...
  • USOM
    May 25, 2018
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Tell the Machine Goodnight was like one major thought experiment. I adored the multiple perspectives of this book, not only because we were able to see the story fro...
  • Barbara
    Aug 29, 2018
    ?Tell The Machine Goodnight? is a pleasant tale that has the reader meditating over happiness. The protagonist, Pearl is a technician for the Apricity Corporation, and her job is to provide people with what they must do to be happy. This is a part science fiction in that the story ...
  • Rebecca
    Sep 11, 2018
    A tough one to really talk about too much past saying I really enjoyed it. The setting is a very near future, just one step ahead technologically for the most part, except for the carefully protected Apricity device. Though trained operators the small handheld Apricity can easily i...
  • Nat
    May 21, 2018
    It feels so good to have enjoyed a novel so fully that I read it in a day and a half. What had me so keen on the premise of Tell the Machine Goodnight is a) the fact that the synopsis "playfully illuminates our national obsession with positive psychology, our reliance on quick fi...
  • Uriel Perez
    Mar 15, 2018
    Literary sci-fi/speculative fiction intrigues me, especially when it draws comparisons to episodes of Black Mirror and the Twilight Zone. TELL THE MACHINE GOODNIGHT revolves around a device (called an Apricity) fabricated to deliver ?contentment plans? for users, ensuring enduring ...
  • Joyce
    Jul 25, 2018
    Dit was het laatste boek van mijn reading challenge voor 2018, en wat een feestje was dat! De boekverkoopster in de Van Piere die het me aanraadde, heeft me echt moeten overtuigen om het te lezen, want ik las ergens iets met de term science fiction, en als ik iets nu niet interessant v...
  • ReGina
    Jul 23, 2018
    I felt like this book piqued my interest but had no point. It was a masturbatory exercise that I enjoyed initially and thought was going somewhere but really had no point or purpose. I like my stories to make a statement, not just introduce me to cool words and unexplored concepts. I d...
  • Jacob Folkman
    Jul 02, 2018
    Starts strong with interesting characters and what one would think will become an intriguing plot premise, but then fails to ever properly develop. Meanders to an uneventful end. ...
  • Alex (PaperbackPiano)
    Aug 05, 2018
    This was a well-written and entertaining literary debut. I love a good dystopian future story so I was immediately captured by the premise of this one (it reads in a similar vein to 1984 and Brave New World but also feels more relevant to our current social climate). Drawing upon the c...
  • Jen from Quebec :0)
    May 12, 2018
    I thought this book was unique and awesome. My ISBN says that this is the hardcover edition, but it is actually an ARC that I won in a giveaway, and it is one of those rare giveaway wins that I will treasure + keep + sing praises about! *I will return to this post to sing the praises a...
  • Lacey Tsonis
    Jul 15, 2018
    Couldn't put it down. It's strange but completely draws you in. ...
  • Chris Mara
    Aug 17, 2018
    Half star to one star rating. ? Started out with some possibility of promise and then went downhill quickly from there. Characters unlikeable. The Story was rather boring and not exciting at all. The premise was how much control do we have over our own happiness and what if we cou...
  • Audrey
    May 28, 2018
    3.75 stars This review is based on an ARC of Tell the Machine Goodnight which I received courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher (Penguin -- Riverhead). It seems to me that the new novel trend is to write a book with seemingly no purpose, no real plot, and no real point. At leas...
  • JKT
    Aug 12, 2018
    Intriguing but ultimately disappointing and unsatisfying. ...
  • Frosty61
    Jul 02, 2018
    Multiple narrators, pointless detail, unlikeable characters, and a unsatisfying ending all added up to a waste of my time and made me grumpy. :-( ...