Your Orisons May Be Recorded

Your Orisons May Be Recorded All prayers are answered but sometimes the answer is no And sometimes the answer is let me talk to my manager and get back to you From author Laurie Penny Unspeakable comes the Tor Com Original novel

  • Title: Your Orisons May Be Recorded
  • Author: Laurie Penny
  • ISBN: 9780765384546
  • Page: 293
  • Format: ebook
  • All prayers are answered, but sometimes the answer is no And sometimes the answer is let me talk to my manager and get back to you From author Laurie Penny Unspeakable comes the Tor.Com Original novella, Your Orisons May Be Recorded At the Publisher s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software DRM applied.

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    1. The premise is hilarious – after a corporate merger of Heaven and Hell, all prayers are dealt with in a call center, where angels and demons work side by side. All prayers are answered, but sometimes the answer is ‘no.’ Workers have to deal with customers’ frustration and be patient and understanding, all the while keeping the average call duration below a certain target. The office conditions aren’t the best:“There are many rooms in my Father's house, but only one with a functioning [...]

    2. Stylistically exactly my thing, even if I'm not sure it says anything new about modernity and the human condition.

    3. I just like the idea of angels answering prayers in a call centre. Plus, it's good to have a British author in the Campbell field.

    4. This novella on tor made me laugh out loud with its twisted view of Heaven (after a corporate merger with Hell) as a call center for prayers, where our angel narrator has a thing for sex with humans and a demon as a best friend.

    5. Our long-suffering narrator works Up There, fielding calls from all over the world, doing their best to answer, comfort and help the people who call. (I use 'their' with good reason because the angelic host don't have fixed genders, though they can assume either sex at will.) The problem is that the boss is absent, the facilities aren't quite up to scratch ('There are many rooms in my Father's house, but only one with a functioning coffee machine'), and the floor manager Uriel keeps a tight rei [...]

    6. I'm not sure about this one. I liked the parody of Heaven (a couple of really witty lines there) and I liked the contrast between the humor of those sections and the darkness of the other sections. I'm not sure, however, that I got the point.

    7. Interesting take on the UniverseCute, meaningful. It is an interesting way to think of prayer, that would answer a lot of questions, as well as a quick look into imperfect hearts.

    8. Angels work. Of course we do. We’re all on zero-hour contracts. Time, after all, is a human idea.We get twenty-five minutes of it for lunch, with deductions for any bathroom or smoke stops we might have taken. Hating your boss is also a human idea.The day everything changes, I spend my lunch in the break room with Gremory. There are many rooms in my Father’s house, but only one with a functioning coffee machine.Meh. (FWIW, angel fiction is generally meh, from my perspective.) If angels and d [...]

    9. All prayers are answered, but sometimes the answer is no.And sometimes the answer is: “Let me talk to my manager and get back to you.” -- TOR headblurb, tor/2016/03/15/your-orWow. Amazing story. Astounding! Fantastic! Laurie Penny, where have you been, all my reading life?“There are many rooms in my Father’s house, but only one with a functioning coffee machine.”Classy cover art, too, by Yuko Shimuizu facebook/yukoimizuAnd the title is a clever nod to John Scalzi's "Your Hate Mail Will [...]

    10. “Human hearts,” says Gremory, “are brittle, but also durable. I should know; I’ve eaten thousands. You should never attempt to engage one while it’s still beating. I advise against it.”An angel working in a call center answering prayers (errr, kind of) is suffering from burnout after centuries on the job. A surreal, heartrending, and darkly humorous meditation on love and loss, passion and faith, wants and needs. The narrator is reminiscent of Supernatural's Castiel, what with her we [...]

    11. That was darker than expected With so many humans in the world, Heaven has had to make some changes to serve everyone. There's been a merger with hell, and prayers are handled by a call center. But one of the angelic workers is having a hard time with this idea that prayers are beholden to call time averages, and the old ways of drinking up human passion are frowned upon. What starts as a humorous parody quickly shifts into something more cutting and dark. Prepare to feel uncomfortable, though I [...]

    12. A zero-hours update for Wings of Desire, witty and heartfelt enough to make up for the central idea of a heavenly bureaucracy being moderately old hat (old halo?). Turns out Penny does fantasy pretty well, but then I suppose in a sense she's always been writing towards another, better world.

    13. Laurie Penny has a unique style, close to Charles Stross in some regards. The story features an angel working on a call center (corporate Heaven and Hell went through a merger and they switched to call center model to be able to handle the vast number of mortals), and his relationship with mortals.

    14. Funnily enough, this short story closely corresponds to a creative writing project I entertained a couple of years ago. I aborted it, but my narrator's voice was very similar to this one's, right down to the yearning and the sympathy for the devil.

    15. I like Laurie Penny's voice. There's something very urban and English about it along with an attitude like a younger and slightly less cynical Warren Ellis.

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