D. A.

D. A.

by Connie Willis, J.K. Potter

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BN ID: 2940012293312
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 379,205
File size: 545 KB

About the Author

Connie Willis is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. She has won eleven Hugo Awards and seven Nebula Awards, including Hugo Best Novel for Blackout/All Clear in 2010. Willis' novels showcase the comedy of manner style of writing and often feature time travel, which are informally referred to as the Time Travel series. In addition to numerous novels and novellas, Willis has written short story and essay collections. Her notable books include Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, the aforementioned Blackout/All Clear, and the short story "The Last of the Winnebagos".

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D.A. 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
akreese on LibraryThing 19 days ago
This science fiction novella is about a teenage girl named Theodora. She is the only on in her school who doesn¿t want a position at the space academy. In fact, she is the only one who didn¿t apply, so she is completely shocked when it is announced that she has been accepted (the only one accepted in her school) and has just a few hours to pack before she ships out.D.A. has the trademark Connie Willis style: things go wrong in abundance and just when you think something is going to go right for the main character, an obstacle appears out of nowhere.While the plot was entertaining, it did seem simplified, and I was disappointed that Theodora was so easily able to figure out what was going on. The climax to the story was over all too soon, and we really don¿t get to know any of the secondary characters.It seemed like a wonderful introduction to a larger story though, and I would love to read a longer continuation in a full-length novel someday.
iBeth on LibraryThing 19 days ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which ended all too soon. Like many Connie Willis books, the first person narrator doesn't reveal everything she has figured out until the end of the story. Theodora would make a great heroine in a YA series.
Jellyn on LibraryThing 19 days ago
Really good blend of modern science fiction (Japanese-inspired elements, messaging, hacking) with classic (space cadet academy.. in space!). The female main characters are just a bonus.The largest (and perhaps only) problem with this book is that it's not a novel. It's not a novella either, and I wonder if it's even a novelette. It's darned short. And while it does have a conclusion, it's much more of a 'first section of a larger novel' sort of conclusion.It's somewhat like someone told Connie Willis to write a tween book and she didn't know how to handle the length of it.I wish there was more. Is there more? I want to read it if there's more.
tapestry100 on LibraryThing 19 days ago
This is another book that I received in my Subterranean Press grabbag from a couple weeks back, and while is something that I would never have picked up on my own, it was a fun, quick little read. Theodora Baumgarten is accepted to the IASA, the Academy that teaches new cadets to become astronauts. The only problem is, she never wanted to go to the IASA and never applied. So, how did she get in? Some clever hacking from her friend Kimkim finally reveals the answer and Theodora is left to make some big decisions about her life.This is my first experience reading Connie Willis and it wasn't bad, but I certainly need to find something a little longer that I can really sink my teeth into. I really can't recommend or not recommend this book. It just is.
ImBookingIt on LibraryThing 19 days ago
I bought this book a while back. I set it aside as a quick treat when I needed one. Then I forgot about it.I found it recently. I threw it in with a bunch of other books I was packing for a road trip. I had a few minutes to read, and pulled it out.It was light, fun and fluffy. I liked the character and the setup.The biggest problem was that this book is very, very short. 76 pages. There is a limit to how much can happen in 76 pages.All in all, I enjoyed it.
lunarSara on LibraryThing 19 days ago
Connie Willis has done it again! D.A. is a short novella jam packed with fun. Theodora Baumgarten has been accepted to the IASA space academy despite the fact she never applied and, unlike nearly all her peers, she has no desire to go. The quick little story moves along at the relentless screwball pace I've come to love Connie Willis for. Not only is this a great story, the book itself is lovely. Subterranean Press has a reputation for quality and they do deliver.
phyllis2779 on LibraryThing 19 days ago
More of a YA book than anything else. Disappointing when compared to her other books. Very short -- more like a novella.
grizzly.anderson on LibraryThing 19 days ago
D.A. is the story of a girl who becomes a space academy cadet, one of the most highly coveted college options on the entire planet, without even applying, and in fact very much not wanting to be one.This is really a novella, and intended for a young-adult audience. The writing is good. You can hardly expect less. But the story is fairly predictable, the life lessons anything but subtle, and above all SHORT.If the heroine weren't blatantly orders of magnitude smarter and more competent that every other character, I think D.A.could be fleshed out to a very interesting full-length novel. But as it is, it just doesn't work for me.(amended with some additional background) It turns out that this was part of a larger collection inspired by the 50s TV show "Space Cadet" and playing on all its clichés and themes. In that context I'm sure this story would play much better. But I'm still disappointed with it as a stand-alone piece.
dibbylodd 21 days ago
This is a good follow up on the first book. The main characters are developing and working at their precarious relationship. It takes Verity mentioning her shift is life style from before to after Sidney's "death" to begin to really get through to him what she's been through. A good mystery with the ever-present question of who can be trusted
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PhoenixFalls More than 1 year ago
A delightful YA-oriented novella from one of the most awarded SF writers of this generation. Her screwball version of Orson Scott Card's Battle School is great fun, and the message of the importance of independent thought is always timely. Definitely worth seeking out, despite the limited release.
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I love the book it is funny becouse my name is daniela i am 10