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Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination

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Review-A-Day

"Fielding has served up a delicious satire of our worst fears and prejudices in a post-September 11 world — as we all know, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't really out to get you. But, in addition to satire, Fielding still delivers on the thriller in this wry and engaging book. This is not the vapid chick lit of romance- and shopping-obsessed 'Sex and the City' fans. This is adventure and political comedy with a feminine twist." Sacha Zimmerman, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

At the close of the last millennium, Helen Fielding debuted the irrepressible (and blockbuster-bestselling) Bridget Jones. Now, Fielding gives us a sensational new heroine for a new era...

Move over, 007, a stunning, sexy — and decidedly female — new player has entered the world of international espionage. Her name is Olivia Joules (that's "J.O.U.L.E.S. the unit of kinetic energy") and she's ready to take America by storm with charm, style, and her infamous Overactive Imagination.

How could a girl not be drawn to the alluring, powerful Pierre Ferramo — he of the hooded eyes, impeccable taste, unimaginable wealth, exotic international homes, and dubious French accent? Could Ferramo really be a major terrorist bent on the Western world's destruction, hiding behind a smokescreen of fine wines, yachts, and actresses slash models? Or is it all just a product of Olivia Joules's overactive imagination?

Join Olivia in her heart-stopping, hilarious, nerve-frazzling quest from hip hotel to eco-lodge to underwater cave, by light aircraft, speedboat, helicopter, and horse, in this witty, contemporary, and utterly unputdownable novel deluxe.

Review:

"Considering the number of writers who've tried, and generally failed, to do plummy Bridget Jones one better, it only makes sense that Fielding should take a vacation from the genre she spawned and seek (sort of) greener pastures. Her new inspiration? Think Ian Fleming. Fielding's ridiculous, delicious, wildly improbable plot goes something like this: freelance journalist Olivia Joules ('as in the unit of kinetic energy'), formerly Rachel Pixley (her whole family got run over when she was 14), gets bumped from the Sunday Times's international coverage down to the style pages thanks to the titular imagination (e.g., a story about a 'cloud of giant, fanged locusts pancaking down on Ethiopia'). In between ducking twittering PR reps and airheaded blondes at a Miami face cream launch party, she uncovers what looks like an al-Qaeda plot, headed by a dreamy Osama bin Laden look-alike, who is either (1) a terrorist, (2) an international playboy, (3) a serial killer or (4) all of the above. Languid, mysterious Pierre Feramo returns Olivia's interest, and thus begins an around-the-world adventure that has plucky Olivia eventually recruited by MI6. In addition to the fun spy gear (e.g., Chlo shades fitted with a nerve-agent dagger) there are kidnappings, bomb plots and scuba-diving disasters. Olivia is slim, confident and accomplished; ostensibly, she's 'painstakingly erased all womanly urges to question her shape, looks, role in life,' etc. But she still has her bumbling Jonesian moments, and though she may not need a man, she'll get one in the end. What's wrong with the book: two-dimensional characters, dangling plot threads, the questionable taste of al-Qaeda bombings in an escapist, comic spy novel. What's right: girl-power punch, page-turning brio and a new heroine to root for. (June 8)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Recklessly cosmopolitan, jet-setting, worldly, adventurous — a 340 page romp." The Independent (U.K.)

Review:

"This is a girl's own adventure — with added sauce — to rattle through in one entertaining sitting. Helen Fielding is a great comic writer." The Spectator (U.K.)

Review:

"Very addictive....Fielding's comic talent lies in her adorable observations....This is quintessential Fielding." The Observer (U.K.)

Review:

"If Bridget Jones shaped and named a certain kind of life in the 1990s, it looks as if Olivia Joules, Helen Fielding's new heroine, may do the same for the new decade." The Times (London)

Review:

"Hurrah for Fielding! Yet again she's picked up on what's lacking in the girly train read....Fielding's prose shimmers and glares with wit, sophistication and humanity. A brilliant comic writer, Fielding's talent exceeds any sociological explanation." The Independent on Sunday (U.K.)

Review:

"Fielding is an extremely skillful and engaging writer. The book works as a fast-paced thriller — I gulped it down in one reading. But it also has great charm and, in its shy fashion, a moral theme." The Telegraph (London)

Review:

"The name is Joules, Olivia Joules....Post Bridget Jones, Helen Fielding has written an action-packed thriller starring 'a heroine for the 21st century.' The result is a book that's fast-moving and entertaining." The Guardian (U.K.)

Review:

"Olivia seems like a misplaced character, doomed to wander, page by page, chapter to chapter, from one sort of novel into another, as this dreadfully plotted story meanders its way through an anthology of genres." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Review:

"It's Bridget Jones gone James Bond....It's tons of fun, full of Fielding's brilliant comic writing. It's the perfect book for the summer's first chick-lit pool read." Leanne Potts, Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Review:

"Maybe we would have loved Olivia before Austin Powers came along, and maybe it's just hard to make a joke out of Osama bin Laden. It's no Bridget Jones, but it's still good fun." Susan Larson, New Orleans Times-Picayune

Review:

"[M]ay be the worst novel of the year....With the general public already on edge about the possibility of future attacks, should a silly summer read really wallow in a cheap al-Qaeda subplot?...Fielding has once again invented a new genre: terror trash. (Grade: F)" Karen Valby, Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"It should all be terribly, terribly amusing, except the action is often too frantic, Olivia too senseless and the comedy — when it isn't skirting close to harrowing reality — too forced. Possibly it will work better on the screen..." Sherryl Connelly, New York Daily News

Review:

"There are other faults — a narrative style that reads like Harry Potter, snogging scenes that are sub-Judy Blume, and woefully bad pacing....But above all, this book takes painfully serious acts of oppression and slaughter and treats them with endless, baffling flippancy." Zoe Williams, New Statesman

Review:

"Fielding desperately flip-flops between fanciful descriptions of Wonderbra weapons and musings about the deadliness of ricin. Her willful cluelessness is inappropriate at best and offensive at worst." Stephanie Zacharek, Newsday

Review:

"[A] heroine who is more Austin Powers than Jane Austen....This fast-paced tale is smart and thoroughly silly....Olivia Joules is best seen as a riff, not a commentary, on current affairs." Meredith Broussard, San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"[T]he problem is Fielding's discomfort with the genre she's sending up....the flat tone makes the book leaden where it should be playfully tongue-in-cheek, as if instead of mocking the spy genre's cliches Fielding were simply embracing them." Caryn James, The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Enter Olivia Joules: fearless, dazzling, independent, beauty-journalist turned master spy — a new heroine from Helen Fielding, creator of Bridget Jones.

Synopsis:

Move over, 007 — a stunning, sexy, new player has entered the world of international espionage. Her name is Olivia Joules and she's ready to take America by storm with charm, style, and her infamous overactive imagination.

Synopsis:

For fans of Alan Furst and Sarah Blake, a spellbinding story of a secret mission and dangerous passion in World War II Paris:
 
After delivering a B-17 Flying Fortress to Britain, an American volunteers to copilot a plane carrying special agents to their drop spot over Normandy. Her personal mission: to find her brother, who is missing in action. Their plane is shot down, and only she and five agents survive. Now they are on the run for their lives.

As they head to Paris, the beautiful aviatrix Velva Jean Hart becomes Clementine Roux, a daring woman on an epic adventure with her team to capture an operative known only as "Swan." Once settled on Rue de la Néva, Clementine works as a spy with the Resistance and finds herself falling in love with her fellow agent, Émile, a handsome and mysterious Frenchman with secrets of his own. When Clementine ends up in the most brutal prison in Paris, trying to help Émile and the team rescue Swan, she discovers the depths of human cruelty, the triumph of her own spirit, and the bravery of her team, who will stop at nothing to carry out their mission.

Readers of 22 Britannia Road, The Postmistress, and Suite Francaise will cherish Becoming Clementine—a romantic World War II adventure told from the perspective of a courageous and beautiful heroine. Niven is the author of the popular Velva Jean novels, including Velva Jean Learns to Drive and Velva Jean Learns to Fly.

 

Synopsis:

At the close of the last millennium, Helen Fielding debuted the irrepressible (and blockbuster-bestselling) Bridget Jones. Now, Fielding gives us a sensational new heroine for a new era...Move over 007, a stunning, sexy-and decidedly female-new player has entered the world of international espionage. Her name is Olivia Joules (that’s "J.O.U.L.E.S. the unit of kinetic energy") and she's ready to take America by storm with charm, style, and her infamous Overactive Imagination.

How could a girl not be drawn to the alluring, powerful Pierre Ferramo-he of the hooded eyes, impeccable taste, unimaginable wealth, exotic international homes, and dubious French accent? Could Ferramo really be a major terrorist bent on the Western world’s destruction, hiding behind a smokescreen of fine wines, yachts, and actresses slash models? Or is it all just a product of Olivia Joules’s overactive imagination?

Join Olivia in her heart-stopping, hilarious, nerve-frazzling quest from hip hotel to eco-lodge to underwater cave, by light aircraft, speedboat, helicopter, and horse, in this witty, contemporary, and utterly unputdownable novel deluxe.

About the Author

Helen Fielding, a journalist and a novelist, is the author of three previous novels, Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, and Cause Celeb. She also co-wrote the screenplays for the movie of Bridget Jones's Diary and the forthcoming sequel based on Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143035367
Author:
Fielding, Helen
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Niven, Jennifer
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20050426
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
5.07 x 7.99in
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 320 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143035367 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Considering the number of writers who've tried, and generally failed, to do plummy Bridget Jones one better, it only makes sense that Fielding should take a vacation from the genre she spawned and seek (sort of) greener pastures. Her new inspiration? Think Ian Fleming. Fielding's ridiculous, delicious, wildly improbable plot goes something like this: freelance journalist Olivia Joules ('as in the unit of kinetic energy'), formerly Rachel Pixley (her whole family got run over when she was 14), gets bumped from the Sunday Times's international coverage down to the style pages thanks to the titular imagination (e.g., a story about a 'cloud of giant, fanged locusts pancaking down on Ethiopia'). In between ducking twittering PR reps and airheaded blondes at a Miami face cream launch party, she uncovers what looks like an al-Qaeda plot, headed by a dreamy Osama bin Laden look-alike, who is either (1) a terrorist, (2) an international playboy, (3) a serial killer or (4) all of the above. Languid, mysterious Pierre Feramo returns Olivia's interest, and thus begins an around-the-world adventure that has plucky Olivia eventually recruited by MI6. In addition to the fun spy gear (e.g., Chlo shades fitted with a nerve-agent dagger) there are kidnappings, bomb plots and scuba-diving disasters. Olivia is slim, confident and accomplished; ostensibly, she's 'painstakingly erased all womanly urges to question her shape, looks, role in life,' etc. But she still has her bumbling Jonesian moments, and though she may not need a man, she'll get one in the end. What's wrong with the book: two-dimensional characters, dangling plot threads, the questionable taste of al-Qaeda bombings in an escapist, comic spy novel. What's right: girl-power punch, page-turning brio and a new heroine to root for. (June 8)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "Fielding has served up a delicious satire of our worst fears and prejudices in a post-September 11 world — as we all know, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't really out to get you. But, in addition to satire, Fielding still delivers on the thriller in this wry and engaging book. This is not the vapid chick lit of romance- and shopping-obsessed 'Sex and the City' fans. This is adventure and political comedy with a feminine twist." (read the entire New Republic review)
"Review" by , "Recklessly cosmopolitan, jet-setting, worldly, adventurous — a 340 page romp."
"Review" by , "This is a girl's own adventure — with added sauce — to rattle through in one entertaining sitting. Helen Fielding is a great comic writer."
"Review" by , "Very addictive....Fielding's comic talent lies in her adorable observations....This is quintessential Fielding."
"Review" by , "If Bridget Jones shaped and named a certain kind of life in the 1990s, it looks as if Olivia Joules, Helen Fielding's new heroine, may do the same for the new decade."
"Review" by , "Hurrah for Fielding! Yet again she's picked up on what's lacking in the girly train read....Fielding's prose shimmers and glares with wit, sophistication and humanity. A brilliant comic writer, Fielding's talent exceeds any sociological explanation."
"Review" by , "Fielding is an extremely skillful and engaging writer. The book works as a fast-paced thriller — I gulped it down in one reading. But it also has great charm and, in its shy fashion, a moral theme."
"Review" by , "The name is Joules, Olivia Joules....Post Bridget Jones, Helen Fielding has written an action-packed thriller starring 'a heroine for the 21st century.' The result is a book that's fast-moving and entertaining."
"Review" by , "Olivia seems like a misplaced character, doomed to wander, page by page, chapter to chapter, from one sort of novel into another, as this dreadfully plotted story meanders its way through an anthology of genres."
"Review" by , "It's Bridget Jones gone James Bond....It's tons of fun, full of Fielding's brilliant comic writing. It's the perfect book for the summer's first chick-lit pool read."
"Review" by , "Maybe we would have loved Olivia before Austin Powers came along, and maybe it's just hard to make a joke out of Osama bin Laden. It's no Bridget Jones, but it's still good fun."
"Review" by , "[M]ay be the worst novel of the year....With the general public already on edge about the possibility of future attacks, should a silly summer read really wallow in a cheap al-Qaeda subplot?...Fielding has once again invented a new genre: terror trash. (Grade: F)"
"Review" by , "It should all be terribly, terribly amusing, except the action is often too frantic, Olivia too senseless and the comedy — when it isn't skirting close to harrowing reality — too forced. Possibly it will work better on the screen..."
"Review" by , "There are other faults — a narrative style that reads like Harry Potter, snogging scenes that are sub-Judy Blume, and woefully bad pacing....But above all, this book takes painfully serious acts of oppression and slaughter and treats them with endless, baffling flippancy."
"Review" by , "Fielding desperately flip-flops between fanciful descriptions of Wonderbra weapons and musings about the deadliness of ricin. Her willful cluelessness is inappropriate at best and offensive at worst."
"Review" by , "[A] heroine who is more Austin Powers than Jane Austen....This fast-paced tale is smart and thoroughly silly....Olivia Joules is best seen as a riff, not a commentary, on current affairs."
"Review" by , "[T]he problem is Fielding's discomfort with the genre she's sending up....the flat tone makes the book leaden where it should be playfully tongue-in-cheek, as if instead of mocking the spy genre's cliches Fielding were simply embracing them."
"Synopsis" by , Enter Olivia Joules: fearless, dazzling, independent, beauty-journalist turned master spy — a new heroine from Helen Fielding, creator of Bridget Jones.
"Synopsis" by , Move over, 007 — a stunning, sexy, new player has entered the world of international espionage. Her name is Olivia Joules and she's ready to take America by storm with charm, style, and her infamous overactive imagination.
"Synopsis" by ,
For fans of Alan Furst and Sarah Blake, a spellbinding story of a secret mission and dangerous passion in World War II Paris:
 
After delivering a B-17 Flying Fortress to Britain, an American volunteers to copilot a plane carrying special agents to their drop spot over Normandy. Her personal mission: to find her brother, who is missing in action. Their plane is shot down, and only she and five agents survive. Now they are on the run for their lives.

As they head to Paris, the beautiful aviatrix Velva Jean Hart becomes Clementine Roux, a daring woman on an epic adventure with her team to capture an operative known only as "Swan." Once settled on Rue de la Néva, Clementine works as a spy with the Resistance and finds herself falling in love with her fellow agent, Émile, a handsome and mysterious Frenchman with secrets of his own. When Clementine ends up in the most brutal prison in Paris, trying to help Émile and the team rescue Swan, she discovers the depths of human cruelty, the triumph of her own spirit, and the bravery of her team, who will stop at nothing to carry out their mission.

Readers of 22 Britannia Road, The Postmistress, and Suite Francaise will cherish Becoming Clementine—a romantic World War II adventure told from the perspective of a courageous and beautiful heroine. Niven is the author of the popular Velva Jean novels, including Velva Jean Learns to Drive and Velva Jean Learns to Fly.

 

"Synopsis" by ,

At the close of the last millennium, Helen Fielding debuted the irrepressible (and blockbuster-bestselling) Bridget Jones. Now, Fielding gives us a sensational new heroine for a new era...Move over 007, a stunning, sexy-and decidedly female-new player has entered the world of international espionage. Her name is Olivia Joules (that’s "J.O.U.L.E.S. the unit of kinetic energy") and she's ready to take America by storm with charm, style, and her infamous Overactive Imagination.

How could a girl not be drawn to the alluring, powerful Pierre Ferramo-he of the hooded eyes, impeccable taste, unimaginable wealth, exotic international homes, and dubious French accent? Could Ferramo really be a major terrorist bent on the Western world’s destruction, hiding behind a smokescreen of fine wines, yachts, and actresses slash models? Or is it all just a product of Olivia Joules’s overactive imagination?

Join Olivia in her heart-stopping, hilarious, nerve-frazzling quest from hip hotel to eco-lodge to underwater cave, by light aircraft, speedboat, helicopter, and horse, in this witty, contemporary, and utterly unputdownable novel deluxe.

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