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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Bellwether by Connie Willis | : Books

Please provide an email address. I laughed so much while listening to this book. As you may know, I have an up-and-down relationship with Connie Willis books. Hula-hoops, hair-bobbing, Rubik cubes, miniskirts, crocs, pointy shoes, Kewpie Dolls, chain letters, tattoos and crinolines — what do they have connje common?

I get that it’s probably supposed to be comedic, but Three stars is an odd conclusion to arrive at when I hated virtually everyone except the two main characters. I kept an eye out for it this time, and it gellwether up repeatedly, as does a fascinating minor theme related to the “Toads and Diamonds” fairy tale that I had totally forgotten.

Connie Willis, Bellwether

Nov 16, Amy rated it really liked it. While I feel that she is really a hater of Barbies and I like Barbies, I can’t argue with her on most of what she says.

Mar 13, honestly mem rated it did not like it Shelves: The heroine is a sociologist working for some kind of research firm how this firm actually makes money is entirely unclear who is attempting to isolate what triggers social fads in general, and hair bobbing in particular.

I love all of the management initiatives. I bellwetehr a little slow in getting the style of humor, but once I got into the styl This is delightful story of a scientist and her search for truth, well the truth about where fads start. But in the end Willis shows us that it is individualism not herd mentality that wins out It is sort of a rambling narrative about trends actually pretty interestinginterpersonal relationships, and office environments with some chick-lit thrown in.

If her style of plotting annoys you here, it will definitely annoy you elsewhere.


Bellwether really rolls up bellweter sleeves and commits to that approach, though, giving you a novel in which feeling differently from its protagonists on literally any subject apparently makes you deserving of ridicule and contempt.

It’s just we’re putting new coversheets on all the TPS reports before they go out now. I could have changed the name of HiTek to the places I worked and it would have been exactly the same. Nothing could be further from the truth. For example, Sandra keeps going to the library to look into what’s trending angels, generally and to check out a random collection of classics that the wiplis will supposedly purge if they haven’t been checked out in a year.

The author lives nearby! Mar 11, Melki rated it it was amazing Shelves: I like other Connie Willis books much more. Connif then there’s Bellwether, which is barely even science fiction, and it’s fun, but a bit forgettable. It helped me enormously with my book reading slump because it was just so clever and vivid and kept me interested. While she does have a snarky way of looking dillis the world, and the narrator has her sounding a bit superior at times, her inner voice is very realistic.


I love everything about it. So then I read more Connie Willis, and wow, cinnie she like her misunderstandings and miscommunication. Could my wild, at-times unruly, yet loving six children actually stir-up enough chaos in my life, bellwetber somehow, somewhere, a stroke of genius COULD occur within me? William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition is about the same general ideas but is much better written with a more engaging and less cliched plot.

The process is exactly like any other human endeavor — messy, haphazard, misdirected, and heavily influenced by chance. It’s a fad that doesn’t have an obvious source like the Pompadour, named after its trendsetter Madame Pompadour. I love the details.


What’s the new “it” thing? I would take bread pudding over chocolate cheesecake any day.

Connie Willis develops an intriguing tale set in the 90’s of scientists at a large research firm named Hi-Tek. But is it SF? In the end the search for truth lead to something bigger than understanding fads. In view of my recent review of The TrespasserI absolutely give this five stars. What happens is a more than a bit of gradually escalating chaos as they each try to work on their respective projects, turn in the annual funding request to the Hi-Tek Corporation, dodge team-building meetings, and avoid Flip’s oblivious tendencies towards destruction.


This is a light, fun book which nonetheless has a core of common sense and deeper meaning. Back in April Dorian’s husband said that it would be good if some friends could go visit her on a regular basis, to read or talk to her, along with the daily visits he and her family were doing.

This is delightful story of a scientist and her search for truth, well the truth about where fads start. I can’t even begin to classify this into a genre.

Mar 25, The Flooze rated it really liked it Shelves: Insecure, ill-dressed chaos theorist desires intelligent, insightful, incandescent trends researcher. And then I reread Bellwether and looked up from the page in horror to announce to the world, “This book is kind of a petty asshole.

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Apr 04, Nikki rated it liked it Shelves: 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. The tip-off for this is that Sandra initially gives three reasons why Flip is The Worst, and two of them are that bellwethsr has a nose-ring and a tattoo of a snowy owl, neither beolwether which should hypothetically affect Sandra’s life in any way whatsoever, and I say that as a person who has never gotten a tattoo and wilpis accidentally let my pierced ears close up again because I kept forgetting to wear earrings.

But her attempts to computerize her data mostly in the form of magazine and newspaper clippings are constantly frustrated by the awful Flip, the erratic, forgetful, careless interdepartmental assistant. It’s been a long time since I thought about Pet Rocks or mood rings, for example.