A Peek Inside Our Inbox – We Love Terry Fallis

Working in book publishing is pretty awesome. Especially when you get emails from your colleagues that share their enthusiasm for a book you both loved. We thought we’d share the emails, and the enthusiasm with you, too, now that the book is on shelves in book stores everywhere.


From: Reeder, Lindsey
Sent: Monday, July 09, 2012 12:45 PM
To: Sparkes, Ainsley
Subject: Terry Fallis’ Up and Down


I know you’ve finished Terry Fallis’s Up and Down, so I know you’ll be able to understand my excitement about his newest novel! I started reading it on the plane and I was so disappointed when the flight landed, because I didn’t want to stop reading. Landon Percival is my new favorite character, every time she’s in the story, I find myself chuckling at her antics and her dedication to becoming an astronaut.

Don’t tell me how it ends; because according to my kindle, I still have 34% to go, but man oh man, this is becoming one of my favorite Canadian reads!


From: Sparkes, Ainsley
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2012 5:33 PM
To: Reeder, Lindsey
Subject: RE: Terry Fallis’ Up and Down

I love Landon. She’s a great character – so enthusiastic and excited about space travel (and why wouldn’t she be). But I think David is my favourite – his deadpan humour was great. You know, I don’t know how Terry Fallis does it – it’s really difficult to be deadpan in real life and have the joke be well received, but in print I’d think it would be really hard to give your reader the cues that it’s a joke, but somehow he manages to do it. I guess that’s why he’s the writer and I’m not.

I think this is my favourite of his novels so far! It had all the elements that made The Best Laid Plans and The High Road great, the humour, the heart, but adding in the the space voyage angle to this story captured my imagination more than politics does.

I don’t know if I’d enter the contest to go into space, though. I’m sure I’d be space-sick the whole time. Would you?



From: Reeder, Lindsey
Sent: Monday, July 30, 2012 1:49 PM
To: Sparkes, Ainsley
Subject: RE: Terry Fallis’ Up and Down

Terry Fallis does have a great way of infusing humor into very serious situations. The best part about his writing is that it’s not in your face funny; it’s the scenarios that his characters end up in that make you chuckle.

I have a tendency to get motion sickness so I might not enter a contest to go to space, but I would encourage all of my friends and family to try to enter so I could hear about the experience. The scene with Landon and her homemade twirl machine made my stomach do a couple of flip flops, but I knew right then and there that she was a woman of incredible feat and nothing was going to get in her way.  I also knew right then and there that this book had instantly become my favorite Terry Fallis novel (and I’ve read all of them).

Don’t you love the title? I thought it was perfect.



For the record, I do think the title is perfect. So what do you think? Has our enthusiasm convinced you to pick up this book? If so, come back and tell us what you thought of it!

About Ainsley

Ainsley Sparkes is an avid reader and knitter. She feels that once she learns to knit and read simultaneously she’ll be unstoppable. A life-long love of books has led her to this position as Online Marketing Coordinator at Random House of Canada. But who knows, her recently reignited interest in mystery novels may convince her to give it all up to become a detective. You should follow Ainsley on Twitter here @RandomHouseCA. or here @AinsleySparkes.

One Response to “A Peek Inside Our Inbox – We Love Terry Fallis”


  1. [...] the book with my friends and colleagues. For instance, when both Ainsley and I read Up and Down, we exchanged many emails expressing how we laughed and laughed, especially when we read the scene with the homemade twirl [...]

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