Lucy Crocker 2.0

Lucy Crocker 2.0

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by Caroline Preston
     
 

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Nobody could have predicted that Lucy Crocker, former children's librarian and unabashed computer ignoramus, would be the one to save the family's software company. Nevertheless, that's exactly what happens when she unexpectedly brainstorms a fantasy computer game called Maiden's Quest. Suddenly, Lucy's a cyber-guru. But now trouble is brewing in the Crocker

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Nobody could have predicted that Lucy Crocker, former children's librarian and unabashed computer ignoramus, would be the one to save the family's software company. Nevertheless, that's exactly what happens when she unexpectedly brainstorms a fantasy computer game called Maiden's Quest. Suddenly, Lucy's a cyber-guru. But now trouble is brewing in the Crocker family. Lucy is having trouble producing the Maiden's Quest sequel. Then she discovers that her husband is receiving erotic messages from their publicity director, and the kids are ogling smut on the Internet. Lucy decides that it's time to escape the modern world and flee into the wilderness, with unexpected and hilarious results.

Preston's wit, insight, and light touch are on full display in this novel about the comic and not so comic effects of technology on life and love.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble Guide to New Fiction
An "absolutely delightful" comedic novel by the author of Jackie by Josie. Lucy Crocker stupifies even her husband when she saves the family's software company with an unexpected brainstorm: the creation of an action-packed computer game called Maiden's Quest. "Charmingly witty and heartfelt." Some reviewers felt it was "entertaining but not engaging," with a "maze of unnecessary details."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A family of computer programming nerds in Crowley, Mass., repair their marital dysfunction and domestic alienation by rediscovering the great outdoors in a blandly amusing, gently ironic tale from the author of Jackie by Josie. Former librarian Lucy Crocker is the inadvertently famous designer of the popular computer fantasy adventure Maiden Quest. Lucy is a fine artist and knows little about computers, but her game has made her husband Ed's company, Crocker Software, a big hit. Ed, a math genius with a pony tail, is having a hard time motivating his wife to bring out Maiden Quest's long-awaited sequel; exasperated by Lucy's procrastination, and bored after 15 years of marriage, Ed finds comfort in the tantric massages of his take-charge publicity director, Ingrid Bascom. Meanwhile, the Crockers' insufferably geeky 13-year-old twin sons, Benjy and Phil, have started their own computer company. When Lucy figures out how to read e-mail, she learns of her husband's dalliance and discovers that her sons are giggling at dirty pictures online. So the boys, who'd never dream of trading their hard drive for a Sunday drive in the country, get shipped off to the wilderness survival camp in Wisconsin that Lucy attended every summer as a teenager. The kids manage to tough it out, Lucy has a fling with a mountain man and the story climaxes in a predictable convergence on Little Lost Lake. There aren't many surprises here, but Preston's story bubbles along cheerfully, thanks to her evident enjoyment in her tale. This offers lighthearted fun for readers interested in the humorous clash between high-tech lifestyles and old-fashioned domesticity. BOMC and QPB alternates. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Library Journal
The titular heroine of Preston's second novel, a children's librarian and a technophobe, creates a computer game that establishes the Crocker Software company financially. Lucy is an outward success--not only is her creation "Maiden's Quest" a best seller but her twin sons run a lucrative hardware installation business they began while in fourth grade. Inwardly, however, Lucy's life is a mess: her marriage and motherhood feel like failures. She discovers that Ed is having an affair with his nasty publicity director and catches the boys downloading pornography off the Internet. Lucy snatches her sons and retreats to what she hopes will be a purer existence in the lake regions of Wisconsin and Canada. Amusing caricatures abound--for example, Corky, Lucy's intensely shallow mother. Librarians will find their portrayal only slightly more flattering than Corky's. Lucy faces one setback after another as she settles into her parents' backwoods cabin. Nonetheless, zany mishaps spark the revival of her family ties and of Crocker bank accounts. Light entertainment with a message: Do what you love, and money, fame, and happiness may (if you're lucky) follow. Preston's first novel, Jackie by Josie, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. For most public library collections.--Joyce W. Smothers, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
J.D. Biersdorfer
...warm and engaging Part midlife catharsis, part wilderness adventure story, the book also brings a human touch to the world of computers....Preston gives us strong, complex characters who each end up striving to correct the bugs and glitches plaguing their lives.
The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684854502
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
05/08/2001
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 8.08(h) x 0.74(d)

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Chapter 1: Gossip Net

Maiden's Quest priestess, Lucy Crocker, was nowhere to be seen at the latest P.C. gamer convention at the Monterey Hyatt. Her husband, Ed Crocker, prez of Crocker Software, was there handing out Maiden's Quest II T-shirts and mugs. Where's Lucy? we asked. Back at home putting the finishing touches on Maiden's Quest II, said Ed. And when will the sequel to the world's most popular fantasy game be released? By Christmas, saith Ed Crocker. Every good little MQ I fanatic better write Saint Nick right now to make sure a pentagon-shaped package is waiting under the Christmas tree. Ed says anyone who can't wait until then can visit the Maiden's Quest II web page at www.Crocker.com.

Copyright © 2000 by Caroline Preston

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Lucy Crocker 2.0 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a light and fun novel of a semi-dysfunctional family in today's computerized world. You'll see friends, neighbors, and family members in the characters. Lucy's best friend is someone everyone should have as a friend - a straightforward, shoot-from-the-hip person who really tells it like it is. And you don't have to know computers to like this book - in fact, you'll relate a lot better to Lucy if you're not computer literate! I couldn't put this book down, and highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I finished this book in a day and my only regret was I hated to say goodby. Lucy and the rest of the characters were smart, funny, and totally enjoyable. This book focuses on modern life and all its frailties.