Inside Job

Inside Job

by Connie Willis


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ISBN-13: 9781596060241
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Edition description: Deluxe
Pages: 99
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

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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Inside Job [With Earbuds] 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
PhoenixFalls More than 1 year ago
The motif of this Connie Willis story is H.L. Mencken and con artists, and it is pure joy to read. Willis is rightly one of the most awarded authors in science fiction, and her wit and humanism are on full display here. This story sparkles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rob is a true skeptic. In fact, he makes his living (if you could call it that) investigating psychics and channelers while publishing a magazine called the Jaundiced Eye. His motto is if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. That may be why he has never allowed himself to get involved with his too good to be true and beautiful assistant Kildy. Little does he know that cosmic forces are about to change his life and tie his beliefs into a Gordian Knot. Something extraordinary is happening in the performances of a local channeler. In the midst of her act, the spirit of a skeptic from the past generation seems to be taking over and telling the attendees what rubes they are and what a fraud the channeler is. To top it off, this spirit seems to be none other than Rob¿s hero H. L. Mencken, a great reporter and debunker from the past. Do you see Rob¿s problem now? If he accepts the spirit is genuine, he must accept channeling as real, but to remain a true skeptic, he must denounce the voice of his hero. This book, set in Beverly Hills, is styled after a classic hard boiled detective story, and true to that form, Rob smells a trap and suspects that the dame is in on the scam. When Kildy confesses her love for him, it only confirms his suspicions. How can she prove her love to a true skeptic? Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence and to win the day, true love must untangle this web and rise above all else. But how? Both short and intricately woven, this story reminded me of the M. C. Escher print of The Drawing Hands, where the left hand is drawing the right and vise-versa, only in this case one of the hands should be holding an eraser. In the end, it¿s the chicken and the egg question all over again with the creationist against the evolutionists. The ending is written so that a true skeptic will feel quite satisfied, but with the spirit of a dead debunker intruding on the present, who really gets the last laugh? I highly recommend this book to anyone with a brain. Reviewed by Hugh Mannfield at
helgagrace on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A nice bit of fluff.
brendajanefrank on LibraryThing 10 months ago
BEWARE SPOILER. Being an H.L. Mencken fan, I loved this novella by Connie Willis. The premise is simple, Mencken, long dead, seems to ¿channel¿ himself into individuals with views abhorrent to him. Then, he uses these individuals to spout classic Mencken views in public forums, surprising all attendees and, most of all, the person he uses to channel himself. The only hitch is by using this technique, Mencken is proving channeling to be authentic, an activity that he debunks as fraudulent. A real dilemma!
AsYouKnow_Bob on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Great stuff: Connie Willis at the top of her game. Personally, I'm not too sure about the denouement, but the McGuffin that sets things in motion made me laugh out loud.
anyanwubutler on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I fear saying *anything* about the plot of this funny, delightful novella for fear of spoiling this wonderful gem. Just READ IT!!!
phyllis2779 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
More of a novella than a novel. Close to a short story in brief story arc.
kayceel on LibraryThing 10 months ago
-Rob is the editor of a newspaper dedicated to exposing all things ¿supernatural¿ as hoaxes, and has an enthusiastic employee (the only employee) in Kildy, a beautiful ex-movie star, who¿s quit the life and started working with Rob because she was disgusted with the Hollywood world. When they encounter a spiritualist who seems to be inadvertently channeling the famous journalist H.L. Mencken, Rob and Kildy work together to try and expose her as a fraud. Funny, fast-paced, with a bit of romance. A delightful read¿
hairballsrus on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Most of the time, I really enjoy everything Connie Willis writes. This story however, just never got off the ground. The premise isn't bad, the idea of a psychic channeling a famous debunker of psychics is great, but it never goes anywhere. The punchline was also far too soft. She's done better.I AM interested in learning more about H. L. Mencken.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just what I expect from Connie Willis. You won’t find a better afternoon's read.
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Hollywood53 More than 1 year ago
She is one of the best Storytellers I have ever come across. It is a joy to read her prose and the development of her characters. For some authors it can be an effort to read their works but hers is always an easy read. I would suggest reading this book the first time for enjoyment and the second time to learn (different levels). If you don't know who H. L. Mencken is google him.
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