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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He is a perfect study subject. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. It is sort of a rambling narrative about trends actually pretty interestinginterpersonal relationships, and office environments with some chick-lit thrown in. Apart from the rather unlikely ways in which the main characters conduct their research going to the public library to find general books on sheep?

This is my second time through and I loved it even more than the first time. To see what eillis friends thought of this book, please sign up. I picked it up, and did not put it down. I didn’t even try to predict how it would work out, because I was having too much fun along the way.


It’s also well written, chatty and a light, enjoyable read. Though the resolution of the major plot points is fairly obvious, I didn’t predict how it was done. I love how I can feel both overwhelmed and zinged and yet always feel like the narrator is always in control of her own destiny, even so.

How much do I love it? I definitely recommend this to readers who want something different.

Connie Willis, Bellwether

Her focus is on what caused women to cut their long curls and bob their hair in the twenties. The Wikipedia article on this novel makes a fascinating but pretty spoilerish comment about a particular name that opened my eyes to some interesting symbolism, and makes me want to revisit this book. Katherine Hepburn and Cary Crant. I love all of the management initiatives.


The two of them end up working on a project together; a project involving the “orneriest, stubbornest, dumbest creatures on the planet” – sheep. I love the relationship and how it develops between Ben and Sandy. I love the details. Okay, I’ve decided to add a bit to this.

As in To Say Nothing of the Sillisthere are a number of running gags, including corporate insensibility “Tell them any number of scientific breakthroughs have been made by scientists working together. Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Why do we make the decisions we do? I will definitely be listening to this the next time I need a dose of anti-fad sensibility. I could have changed the name of HiTek to the places I worked and it would have been wiolis the same.

Sep 22, Stephanie Swint rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 19, Andree rated it it was amazing Shelves: This interdepartmental study is perfect for studying chaos and what starts trend behavior in higher animals.

What endeared the story for me, was how often I could say, “I know what she means”. It is what The Big Bang Theory should have been and has no need of a laughter track.

Cover of first edition paperback. Bellwther both work for the HiTek corporation, strangers until a misdelivered package brings them together. I would take bread pudding over chocolate cheesecake any day. The situation is hardly improved by Flip, the office assistant from Hell, who is allergic to work and misdelivers messages, mails and instructions from management.

I love how Connie Willis does relationships more than most romance novels. And I’m actually ok with that. What we’re left with here is a great book trapped inside a terrible book.

Adding to her frustration is the office assistant, Flip, whose approach to work is dangerously haphazard and incompetent and accompanied by many enormous eye-rolls, and management that is overly enamored with buzzwords and acronyms. Could my wild, at-times unruly, yet loving six children actually stir-up enough chaos in my life, that somehow, somewhere, a stroke of genius COULD occur within me?


Why do only the awful things become fads? I can’t even begin to classify this into a genre. A very different take on marketing and trends than the one presented in William Gibson’s “Pattern Recognition! I loved the segments at the start of each chapter that talked about fads throughout history.

It’s a great book, very cleverly written and meticulously researched and altogether an absolute joy to read or hear! Yes, this is a romance novel, of sorts. Flip and Pippa are both diminutive cinnie for Phillipa. 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.

As you may know, I have an up-and-down relationship with Connie Willis books. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Granted, it’s a very-near future, and some of the sciences involved are sociological and psychological, and the technology has advanced a lot in the last couple of decades Meanwhile, the employees struggle with chaos created hellwether a self-centered administrative assistant.

I was a little slow in getting the style bellwetehr 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.

Sandra Foster, the narrator of Bellwetherstudies fads for HiTek, a private corporation; the corporation’s premise is that finding out what makes something a fad will help it predict future fads and capitalize on that knowledge. Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis is an American science fiction writer.

It’s hard to categorize Connie Willis’ Bellwether. Sometimes the two mix together, to delightful results my favorite is To Say Nothing of the Dog.