Queenie's Teapot

Queenie's Teapot

Carolyn Steele / Dec 15, 2019

Queenie s Teapot A post Brexit post Trump romp through the world of what ifIn a world where democracy has been declared no longer fit for purpose a cohort of randomly selected British Republic citizens receive their

  • Title: Queenie's Teapot
  • Author: Carolyn Steele
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A post Brexit, post Trump romp through the world of what ifIn a world where democracy has been declared no longer fit for purpose, a cohort of randomly selected British Republic citizens receive their calls to serve in parliament As the strangers gather to learn their tasks for the next three years, the cabinet support team try to fit jobs to skills, but Queenie can tA post Brexit, post Trump romp through the world of what ifIn a world where democracy has been declared no longer fit for purpose, a cohort of randomly selected British Republic citizens receive their calls to serve in parliament As the strangers gather to learn their tasks for the next three years, the cabinet support team try to fit jobs to skills, but Queenie can t do nuffin Naturally, she becomes head of state Together, the new government muddles through, tackling unrest on the streets and a spot of global bioterrorism, in addition to their own journeys of self discovery.

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      • Carolyn Steele

        Carolyn has been a psychologist, a paramedic, a proof reader and several other things, not all of them beginning with P She began writing the day she decided to try and see the world doing both just to find out if she could It made a change from teaching CPR to nightclub bouncers and designing wedding cakes Carolyn maintains that she is either multi faceted or easily bored, depending on who is enquiring Born and bred in London, England, Carolyn and her son Ben are now Canadian citizens and live permanently back in Kitchener, Ontario They ran a bed and breakfast there for five years because Canadian Immigration demanded that she buy a business When Ben left for university Carolyn decided to see a bit of North America She trained to drive 18 wheelers and hit the road as a lady trucker to see what would happen There is, of course, book The oddly frightening tale of the BB will be next, forming an Armchair Emigration series.Carolyn remains on the lookout for mad jobs to try, in case they are interesting enough to write about.


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    1. I'm not sure where to start in trying to describe Queenie's Teapot, even in picking a genre. The premise is much like you'd expect from a dystopian novel, a “what if” imagined to the ultimate, but things never get bad enough to qualify as a dystopia. (Of course, the opposite of a dystopia is a utopia, and that doesn't fit either.) The author described it as satire, and that's not totally unreasonable. At least satire is reasonable other than the quibble that satire is typically based on real [...]


    2. Described as a political satire, this struck me as being a gentle comedy at first. After poking fun at various institutions and British customs, the radical change in governance of the UK to 'sortition' gradually became more believable and, as with all good speculative fiction, my enjoyment came from admiring the scope and coherence of the writer's creation.Though some of the story lines turn fairly dark, this is always in contrast to the comfortable good sense and humour of Queenie herself, new [...]


    3. Queenies Teapot is set in a world in the future where every political season members of the public are put into a ballot and picked to serve in parliament. The old democracy has been canned and it is now deemed that the general public can do a better job as they have no party priorities. Queenie is picked to serve as head of state (kind of like the queen) and this book tells the tale of that and what happens in her term. I enjoyed this book and it really made me think about what would happen in [...]


    4. I was intrigued by the subtitle of this book - ' A political satire.' Queenie's Teapot is an interesting social commentary of how democracy as we know it does(n't) work an imagined future where all public figures (including state heads) are publicly elected.I liked reading about Queenie and her utterly disarming mannerisms. Although a tad eccentric she is endearing, earning my respect as well as affection as the book progressed. While not entirely familiar with the machinations of the political [...]


    5. This book was given to me by the TBC Reviewer Group in exchange for my review.Queenie's Teapot is a wonderful political satire set in a time when democracy has failed and a new system is set in place. In Britain citizens are sent jury-duty type notices to report for civil service. Citizens are given jobs suited to their skills so when Queenie Mason is analyzed and determined to not really have a skill, the natural position for her is Head of State. Queenie is a wonderful character. There's a lot [...]


    6. [I voluntarily reviewed this book. This ARC was gifted to me by the author]‘We’re all just plebs, that’s the point. If there’s a point at all.’The Queen is dead, long live the Cabinet!In 2023 Great Britain is now represented by appointed representatives and manipulated by a cadre of 'handlers' who are to school them in running the country. The question becomes, who's handling the handlers?And Queenie Mason's just been appointed for a three year term. Her life, and the lives of the rest [...]


    7. A little bit of a departure, this one, from my usual preferred genres. I like to be adventurous, so why not a political satire? Steele isn’t an unfamiliar author to me…her non-fiction A Year on Planet Alzheimer was very enjoyable.Brexit and Trump have probably caused the most discussions, arguments, fallouts of any political upheaval in recent history. But politics is always a divisive subject and a choice of leader is never a unanimous decision. Could the man in the street do a better job? [...]


    8. This book is brilliant. In the world which Queenie lives there is no party democracy and no one is more surprised than she when she is made head of state.We join in her adventures, follow stories of other people who take on roles in the government. Above all this a story that shows that people,should be able to get along regardless of anything. I want to live in the British Republic.


    9. This is a very good political satire set in a futuristic dystopia where the government has failed so people are picked form a ballot to run the country.It was a brilliant read, which could possibly happen. I liked it because it is slightly plausible, which is a major plus when I read dystopia.


    10. "In a world where democracy has been declared no longer fit for purpose" For all those who think they could run the country better than the government this is a possible outcome. Queenie lost her job at Tesco to technology so it's a big surprise when she becomes the figurehead of the United Kingdom.I liked this view of a different UK, especially with a normal, everyday person like Queenie at the helm. It's not quite utopian as there are dissenters but it doesn't seem half bad. I liked all the ch [...]


    11. I thought I was the first to feel that elections should be a lotteryI love political satire but this book is more than that. It provides a version of the future that I feel might be a solution to our many problems. I am impressed by how Steele outlines what I believe is a plausible method of government by lottery. The model made sense to me but probably could use a few more "checks and balances" in my view. The bureaucracy does seem a bit powerful to me. If you enjoy the likes of Terry Fallis th [...]


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