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Set My Heart To Five

Set My Heart To Five (Hardback)

By Stephenson, Simon

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'I couldn't put it down. It a tremendous achievement, funny and tender and imaginative' David Heyman 'I absolutely loved it. Such a funny, cathartic story' Simon Pegg Eleanor Oliphant meets The Rosie Project meets The Good Place. A story of loneliness, love and loose connections,... Set My Heart to Five is a hilarious, touching, dazzlingly perceptive debut novel, and a profound exploration of what it truly means to be human. Here is something curious I have observed about humans: informing them I am incapable of feeling often makes them feel sad. I suspect they believe they are being empathetic, but in fact they are being paradoxical. After all, feeling sad in response to someone telling you they lack feelings is like running a marathon in response to somebody telling you they lack legs... Jared has always been baffled by humans: by their sarcasm, their politeness and their inexplicable fascination with phallic-shaped objects. But then perhaps this is understandable. Because although he may look like a human, and talk like a human, Jared is in fact, an android. One of millions, he works as a dentist in downtown Michigan, slowly marking time until his circuits wear out. Until one day something changes. It begins with a data anomaly, a blip in his programming that bears an uncanny resemblance to a sensation he learns is called 'foreboding'. But soon - and with his sentimental education gleaned from an array of tear-jerking old movies - Jared embarks on a journey across the entire emotional spectrum, discovering sadness and joy, schadenfreude and nostalgia and finally, most astonishingly, love. But androids are not supposed to have feelings. And a malfunctioning bot is one of the most dangerous things that humans can imagine. So Jared sets out for Hollywood on a quest to change the way people feel about his kind. To do so he must disguise himself as a human and stay one step ahead of those who are determined to bring him in for rebooting...
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ISBN 9780008354206
Released NZ 2 Sep 2020
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780008354206
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint Fourth Estate Ltd
Released 2 Sep 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Stephenson, Simon
Category Modern Fiction
Science Fiction
Number of Pages 464
Dimensions Width: 159mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 42mm
Dewey Code 823.92
Weight 700g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress FICTION / Friendship, FICTION / Satire, YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science Fiction / General, FICTION / Humorous / Black Humor, Fiction and related items / Modern and contemporary fiction post c 1945
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade