Drunk on all your strange new words

Eddie Robson

Book - 2022

"Eddie Robson's Drunk on All Your Strange New Words is a locked room mystery in a near future world of politics and alien diplomacy. Lydia works as translator for the Logi cultural attaché to Earth. They work well together, even if the act of translating his thoughts into English makes her somewhat wobbly on her feet. She's not the agency's best translator, but what else is she going to do? She has no qualifications, and no discernible talent in any other field. So when trag...edy strikes, and Lydia finds herself at the center of an intergalactic incident, her future employment prospects look dire-that is, if she can keep herself out of jail! But Lydia soon discovers that help can appear from the most unexpected source..."--

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Subjects
Genres
Science fiction
Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Novels
Published
New York, NY : Tom Doherty Associates [2022]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
275 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781250807342
1250807344
Main Author
Eddie Robson (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Lydia is translator for Fitzwilliam, the Logi cultural attaché. The fact that translating the telepathic Logi language makes humans feel drunk isn't generally too much trouble; they test for that in the training program. When Lydia punches an overly pushy young man at an after-theater gathering, Fitz suggests that she take a vacation back home while the dust settles. She returns to Manhattan, does a particularly grueling event, and wakes up with a nasty hangover to find Fitz murdered in his office. She calls the police and is whisked away for questioning, and when she returns, she hears Fitz's ghost. The voice in her head sends her on a wild, independent investigation to find his killer, which leads to a web of conspiracy, bizarre plots, misinformation, red herrings, and exploration of this future version of New York. The truth in this story is both far simpler and far more interesting than the many lies people would like to believe, and Lydia is just the right kind of inquisitive character to keep the narrative entertaining. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Lydia, who works diligently if not brilliantly as a translator for the Logi cultural attaché to Earth, suddenly finds herself amid an intergalactic dustup with nowhere to turn. British sf/comedy writer Robson has honed his skills on the sitcomWelcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully and various Doctor Who spinoffs; with a 40,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Robson (Hearts of Oak) spins a murder mystery into a memorable exploration of the power of language and technology in a post first-contact world. Human Lydia serves as the translator for Fitz, the Logi cultural attaché to Earth. While Lydia's not the best translator at her agency, she and Fitz work well together. Communicating in the telepathic Logisi language leaves humans effectively drunk, a side effect Fitz is sympathetic to, even standing up for Lydia after a few public debacles. Then Fitz turns up murdered in the home the two share, leaving Lydia a suspect. To clear her name, she plunges into an ever-thickening web of intrigue around Logisi language and technology—and humanity's extraterrestrial xenophobia. Robson mines the situation for both tension and humor, and Lydia owns her story, coming across as a brash, compassionate, and incredibly persistent heroine readers will root for. Robson has a subtle touch with the futuristic technology, steering clear of excessive exposition to focus instead on how the presence of the Logi effects life on Earth. Readers looking for thoughtful, fast-paced sci-fi should check this out. (June) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A translator for the Logi cultural attaché to Earth is pulled into the middle of an intergalactic incident that threatens her future employment, in the new novel from the British comedy writer behind Welcome to our Village. 40,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Eddie Robson's Drunk on All Your Strange New Words is a locked room mystery in a near future world of politics and alien diplomacy. Lydia works as translator for the Logi cultural attachâe to Earth. They work well together, even if the act of translating his thoughts into English makes her somewhat wobbly on her feet. She's not the agency's best translator, but what else is she going to do? She has no qualifications, and no discernible talent in any other field. So when tragedy strikes, and Lydia finds herself at the center of an intergalactic incident, her future employment prospects look dire--that is, if she can keep herself out of jail! But Lydia soon discovers that help can appear from the most unexpected source..."--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Eddie Robson's Drunk on All Your Strange New Words is a locked room mystery in a near future world of politics and alien diplomacy.Lydia works as translator for the Logi cultural attaché to Earth. They work well together, even if the act of translating his thoughts into English makes her somewhat wobbly on her feet. She’s not the agency’s best translator, but what else is she going to do? She has no qualifications, and no discernible talent in any other field.So when tragedy strikes, and Lydia finds herself at the center of an intergalactic incident, her future employment prospects look dire—that is, if she can keep herself out of jail! But Lydia soon discovers that help can appear from the most unexpected source…