In Willis’s (Doomsday) fifth solo novel, her practiced screwball style yields a clever story which, while imperfect, is a sheer pleasure to read. In the very near. Here-and-now speculative yarn involving chaos theory and statistical prediction, from the author of the fine Doomsday Book (), etc. Connie Willis has won more Hugo and Nebula awards than any other science fiction author. Now, with her trademark wit and inventiveness, she explores the.

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I didn’t even try to predict how it would work out, because I was having too much fun along the way. It was hard not to expect her to share a grin bellwetherr “‘Why did you decide to work with fads?

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Willis also creates a subtle reworking of Robert Browning ‘s Pippa Passes. Why do some things catch fire while others fizzle? Minus a star for being a bit slow in places and because the big reveal at the end didn’t seem to me to be as earth-shattering as the book and the main characters belwlether making it out to be.

The company administrative assistant, Flip, is pretty much the worst ever, and one day when she mis-delivers a ‘perishable’ not ‘fragile,’ as Pip says to Sandra, Sandra finds herself taking the package down to the Biology Departme I owe bellwether a review. Willls Foster studies fad source analysis. And I’m actually ok with that.

Sandra Foster is living proof that: Even the science fun facts were enjoyable, since I’ve read entire books that essentially functioned as such. Tea is out and coffee is in. I was a little slow in getting the style of humor, but once I got into the style, I was laughing and smiling all the way through the book.


But when Flip misdelivers a package and Sandra tries to return it, a chain of events is set off which will ultimately involve, although not be restricted to, sheep, Barbie, Robert Browning, anti-smoking campaigns, personal ads and duct tape. It’s sprinkled with literary references. The sheep storyline had me dying of laughter. Crick and Watson, Penzias and Wilson, Gilbert and Sullivan–“bigotry against smokers, personal ads, where rivers begin, and the unrelenting cheer of Browning’s Pippa.

Retrieved from ” https: She’s kind of a Sally Sad Sack, smart and sensible but never sticking up for herself even when she knows she’s been wronged. The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. While reading the book, you feel yourself being pulled into a constant state of chaos, unable to understand the author’s intent, and all the while feeling frustrated and annoyed.

This is delightful story of a scientist and her search for truth, well the truth about where fads start. Lists with This Book. The process is exactly like any other human endeavor — messy, haphazard, misdirected, and heavily influenced by chance.

The net effect is to make the book seem like a lengthy, passive-aggressive note left on the breakroom refrigerator: Flip is that person you know who just seems to make your life a living ‘you know what’, but then you realize that they do have a purpose in your life, and they help you to grow as a person. And therein lay the secret to all fads: So then I read more Connie Willis, and wow, does she like her misunderstandings and miscommunication.

While I understand this isn’t highbrow literature, it is one of those reads that make one feel delightfully entertained, resulting in a lingering feeling of happy once it’s over.



I laughed so much while listening to this book. I love how I can feel both bllwether and zinged and yet always feel like the narrator is always in control of her own destiny, even so. Having worked in Quality Management Systems for a few years, I can atest to the accuracy of this observation about pointless meetings and improvement ideas that mean nothing more than another batch of paper forms to fill.

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Apr 04, Nikki rated it liked it Shelves: Each chapter begins with a description of a fad, much like certain books begin chapters with aphorisms. It’s a madcap romantic comedy on the surface, one of those stories where you want the guy and the girl to get together because they’d be great for each other and a really swell couple.

I don’t actually care if professional details get fudged for fictional purposes, but I do care if they get fudged in a ridiculous, cheap attempt to make one character look smarter and more literary than everyone else.

That might be one connnie my favourite romantic declarations of all time.

It’s right in the author’s wheelhouse, and she does it well here. And what exactly is a bellwether? Please provide an email address. The bellwether sheep, who ocnnie the flock Bellwether Read 1, sometime around There are numerous references to scientific discoveries, fascinating if you know your scientific history. Mar 16, Jill rated it it was ok.