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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A very different take on marketing and trends than the one presented in William Gibson’s “Pattern Recognition! Sandra teams up with Xonnie to combine chaos theory and trends and maybe find some solutions to the weirdness of life. Nov 20, Emily rated it wi,lis was amazing Shelves: So then I read more Connie Willis, and wow, does she like her misunderstandings and miscommunication. But series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions.

Bellwether by Connie Willis | : Books

And therein lay the secret to all fads: But someone had to be the first one to wear platform shoes, to bob their hair, and that took the opposite of herd instinct.

Bellwether has a lot of that kind of thing, but it’s a comedyand so the Benny Hill scenes of people running around and missing each other and having petty conversations about terminology are much more appropriate.

The plot felt like kind of a mad scramble, mixing the stress of research with the competition for a grant, the complications of Sandra’s attraction for another researcher, and her frustrating daily wwillis with Flip, the Administrative Assistant from Hell. It’s not really science fiction since there’s not much really speculative about it. I learned as much wilis I laughed reading this book.


Refresh and try again. I didn’t know her reading tastes very well at that point, and didn’t understand the slightly dazed look when I’d mentioned Wodehouse and Dorothy L. You need to read the book to find out what SC stands in for.

Why do some things catch fire while others fizzle? I am riding a high from the absolute cleverness of this book. It was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in Each chapter begins with a description of a fad, much like certain books begin chapters with aphorisms.

I can’t pigeonhole her. I want to read it again. And I’m actually ok with that. Management-type only referred to as Management, like that is his name! The descriptions of the management nonsense imposed at the fictional HiTek are absolutely spot-on something I know from personal experience — promoting the least competent, “improving” efficiency by introducing new forms of bureaucracy, repackaging old ideas as new initiatives with shiny new acronyms.

In view of my recent review of The TrespasserI absolutely give this five stars. So I always start a new one wondering which it’s going to be. I mainly listened to this while I was doing my Wii Fit exercises, and this is one where you can’t be quiet while you read. I cannot get emotionally invested in a serious story of mass tragedy and small instances of individual grace and charity when revelations are being artificially dragged out by characters passing out before they can finish delivering their important pieces of information.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Patrick asked her if it was bothering her, and I said that I really hoped the first “What the fuck cnnie you think? I love the details. I get that it’s probably supposed to be comedic, but it doesn’t get much of any laughs and mostly just makes them unpleasant bellwethe read about. As I said, I don’t have much to say about the book itself, except that it seems unlikely there are many more challenging tests of a book than to read it to someone who’s smart as hell, a voracious reader, and completely unresponsive.

A tedious, unamusing, and flat rom-com populated with tedious, unamusing, and flat characters.

Connie Willis, Bellwether

Willis is known for her accessible prose and likable characters. Yeah, sheep aren’t the brightest animals, and you really understand why they need shepherds. When Sandra treks down to the other end of the building with the package, she meets Bennet O’Reilly, a chaos theorist who seems impervious to trends, fads and even basic fashion. Retrieved from ” https: Connie Willis’s writing and characters are fabulous and worth your time. With that in mind, her sometimes superior way conniie looking at Flip and folks like her is put into complete perspective.