All Seated on the Ground

All Seated on the Ground

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by Connie Willis
     
 

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The aliens have landed! The aliens have landed! But instead of shooting death rays, taking over the planet and carrying off Earthwomen, they've just been standing there for months on end, glaring like a disapproving relative. And now it's nearly Christmas, and the commission assigned to establish communications is at their wits' end. They've resorted to taking the

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The aliens have landed! The aliens have landed! But instead of shooting death rays, taking over the planet and carrying off Earthwomen, they've just been standing there for months on end, glaring like a disapproving relative. And now it's nearly Christmas, and the commission assigned to establish communications is at their wits' end. They've resorted to taking the aliens to Broncos games, lighting displays, and shopping malls, in the hope they'll respond to something!

And they do, but in a way nobody ever expected, and Meg, the commission, and an overworked choir director find themselves suddenly caught up in an intergalactic mess involving Christmas carols, scented candles, seventh-grade girls, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Meg's Aunt Judith, Victoria's Secret, and Handel's Messiah.

Multiple Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author Connie Willis may be most famous for her books To Say Nothing of the Dog, Doomsday Book, Inside Job, D.A., and The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories, but she's also a huge fan of the holidays and their accompanying frivolity and nonsense, and has written a marvelous array of Christmas stories, including Miracle and Other Christmas Stories, "Just Like the Ones We Used to Know" (made into the CBS movie Snow Wonder), "deck.halls@boughs/holly", and now the hilarious "All Seated on the Ground."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012293534
Publisher:
Subterranean Press
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
204,422
File size:
555 KB

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All Seated on the Ground 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Good thing this is a short book, because once you start reading it, you won't want to put it down. The alien Atairi who have landed on earth, remain a puzzle until the end. The Commission, put together to figure out how to talk to them, is at a loss. Despite the fact or perhaps because the secondary characters are somewhat stereotyped, their predictable impeding behaviors add to the protagonists urgency to unravel the mysteries of the Atairi as well as attempt to communicate, as time is running out. Not meant to be a classic, this "novelette" is an entertaining and fun read. Kudos to Willis for giving her fans a sweet diversion. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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