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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May 25, Ryandake rated it really liked it. 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.


Nov 20, Emily rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sayers, but “I want! John Scalzi referred to such behavior as the John Galt Maneuver, where characters become either a straw man or a super man to advance the belllwether or the beliefs of the author. Right over the cliff.

If you haven’t read it, it’s okay, you can still join the party. This is wonderful book. If you’ve spent much time in corporate America or academia you will find something here that you have encountered.

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Jun 09, Althea Ann rated it really liked it. Of course she loved it, and borrowed it again, eventually tracking down her own copy. How do you start a trend of positivity, accountability, and a strong work ethic? Is there a sets of constants in each case that can explain such things as, wilpis pets or the elusive hair bobbing trend? Please try again later.


But all the time I wasn’t really sure what I was supposed to hook onto, what I was supposed to be connecting with. As Flip blunders about–ghastly black lipstick, weird clothes, faddish accessories, attitude problem and all– Sandra and Bennett decide to set up a joint project to test their ideas on the behavior of a flock of sheep.

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LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. I could have changed the name of HiTek to the places I worked and it would have been exactly the same. This book also makes a point about how society also cycles through phases of being “anti” various things–drinking Prohibitioncertain religions that are persecuted, obesity, smoking–and how those attitudes are also fads, in a very real sense.

In view of my recent review of The TrespasserI absolutely give this five stars. Instead of studying Macaque Monkeys for the trigger or iteration in chaotic systems they will use sheep that Sabrina can borrow from a man she’s dating. As so often happens, I got to a point in the audiobook wher I am riding a high from the belwlether cleverness of this book.

Sep 22, Stephanie Swint rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s willia to categorize Connie Willis’ Bellwether. What did it say? 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 to read bellwwther. Willis’s intriguing notion comes across with the authority of a genuine insight–and probably merits a more dramatic and thoroughgoing workout than the agreeable but bland treatment it receives here. It’s just we’re putting new coversheets on all the TPS reports before they go out now.

The only good this about this book that helped me to continue was the narrator. Then all of the sheep start butting Bennett in the leg, following the bellwether’s example. After all, it’s not much of a stretch between fads and sheep. See all books by Connie Willis. 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 were making it out to be.


I love everything about this book.

Due to Flips incompetence,and Sabrina’s bellqether of responsibility, Sabrina delivers the package and meets Chaos Theorist, Bennett O’Reilly, who seems to be completely free of fads. 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 Jun 20, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: The first time I read this, I gave it four stars.

Eye-rolling and Barbie and bread pudding.

Connie Willis, Bellwether

People wanted to look like everybody else. 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.

The sheep storyline had me dying of laughter. I think some of them are astoundingly good. Why do some things catch fire while others fizzle?

I will definitely be listening to this the next time I need a dose of anti-fad sensibility. The topic of the day this time is fads — the origin of groupthink, essentially — as well as chaos theory, which was kind of a big deal at the time thanks to the release of Jurassic Park a few years earlier come on, admit it: Aug cknnie, Heather K dentist in my spare time rated it it was ok Shelves: