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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Meanwhile, the employees struggle with chaos created by a self-centered administrative assistant. It’s also well written, chatty and a light, enjoyable read.

Bellwether by Connie Willis

And some how, it is kind of great! Dec 19, Megan Baxter rated it liked it. If her style of plotting annoys you here, it will definitely annoy you elsewhere. And yes, that would the exact wording. Hula-hoops, hair-bobbing, Rubik cubes, miniskirts, crocs, pointy shoes, Kewpie Dolls, chain letters, tattoos and crinolines — what do they have in common?

Eye-rolling and Barbie and bread pudding. And you know what I really love? Your favorite restaurant has stopped selling iced tea because nobody is drinking tea anymore.

Connie Willis, Bellwether

I’m finished with my totally unplanned reread, and this one definitely deserves another star. But still, this was very funny but thought-provoking reading, and I recommend it. May 07, Hallie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Our protagonist works for a company that wants to know, but there is a funding issue that has to be dealt with. And yet, it works! The process is exactly like any other human endeavor — messy, haphazard, misdirected, and heavily influenced by chance.


Refresh and try again. Still, Flip does lead Sandra to meet biologist Bennett O’Reilly, who thinks he’s discovered a hidden factor within current chaos theories. I love all of the management initiatives.

This is definitely one of the funny ones. Bellwether by Bellwegher Willis. This is my second time through and I loved it even more than the first time. 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 library will supposedly purge if they haven’t been checked out in a year.


It works as a chipper fairy tale in which the good get rewarded and the incompetent get mocked and a few people are basically magical. He is only missing the monkeys, as the bureaucratic wheels in the institute move at a snail pace, with endless meetings and paperwork and little actual research done. Could she find the answer to the fad conundrum through studying him? Having read the book several times before listening, I was impressed how well she captured the bellwethef character that I “heard” mentally.


I can’t pigeonhole her. I love how it’s told. It made the exercise time fly by!

To ask other readers willis about Bellwetherplease williz up. Connie Willis develops an intriguing tale set in the 90’s of scientists at a large research firm named Hi-Tek. What did it say? View all 4 comments. She seems to have two primary modes: 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.

Pasteur discovers peniciline by accident, X-rays are the by-product of a failed photograhy test, and fads are important not because corporations can use them to sell us more useless products, but because they tell us something important about ourselves: Willis maintains the lively loopy pace with substance and with characters who come alive.

The book is very clever and full of dry humor. williis

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

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