The Resource The word exchange : a novel, Alena Graedon, (electronic resource)

The word exchange : a novel, Alena Graedon, (electronic resource)

Label
The word exchange : a novel
Title
The word exchange
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Alena Graedon
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A fiendishly clever dystopian novel for the digital age, The Word Exchange is a fresh, stylized, and decidedly original debut about the dangers of technology and the power of the printed word. In the not-so-distant future, the forecasted "death of print" has become a near reality. Bookstores, libraries, newspapers, and magazines are essentially things of the past, as we spend our time glued to handheld devices called Memes that not only keep us in constant communication but have become so intuitive as to hail us cabs before we leave our offices, order takeout at the first growl of our stomachs, change traffic lights and interface with home appliances'even create and sell language itself in a marketplace called the Word Exchange. Anana Johnson works with her father, Doug, at the North American Dictionary of the English Language (NADEL), where Doug is hard at work on the final edition that will ever be printed. Doug is a staunchly anti-Meme, anti-tech intellectual who fondly remembers the days when people used e-mail (everything now is text or videoconference) to communicate'or even actually spoke to one another, for that matter. One evening, Doug disappears from the NADEL offices, leaving behind a written clue: ALICE. It's a code word he and Anana devised to signal if one of them ever fell into harm's way. And thus begins Anana's journey down the proverbial rabbit hole . . . Joined by Bart, her bookish NADEL colleague (who is secretly in love with her), Anana's search for Doug will take her into dark basement incinerator rooms, underground passages, the stacks and reading rooms of the Mercantile Library, secret meetings of the anonymous "Diachronic Society," the boardrooms of the evil online retailing site Synchronic, and ultimately the hallowed halls of the Oxford English Dictionary'the spiritual home of the written word. As Ana peices together what is going on, and Bart gets sicker and sicker with a strange "word flu" that has spread worldwide, causing more and more people to speak in gibberish and succumb to aphasia, Alena Graedon crafts a fresh, cautionary tale that is at once a technological thriller and a thoughtful meditation on the price of technology and the unforeseen, though very real, dangers of the digital age. From the Hardcover edition
Cataloging source
RECBK
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Graedon, Alena
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3607.R3286
Literary form
unknown
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • FICTION / Thrillers / Technological
  • Young women
  • Missing persons
  • Technology
  • Transmission of texts
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
  • Dystopian
  • Technological
  • Literary
Label
The word exchange : a novel, Alena Graedon, (electronic resource)
Link
http://sfpl.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=0CE96AF8-3E1E-4BD6-9A8E-7CB2463EF888
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780385537667
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
587684
Publisher number
EB00157035
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)869306599
Label
The word exchange : a novel, Alena Graedon, (electronic resource)
Link
http://sfpl.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=0CE96AF8-3E1E-4BD6-9A8E-7CB2463EF888
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780385537667
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
587684
Publisher number
EB00157035
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)869306599

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