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Bellwether Pop culture chaos theory and matters of the heart collide in this unique novella from the Hugo and Nebula Award winning author of Doomsday Book Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the

  • Title: Bellwether
  • Author: Connie Willis Kate Reading
  • ISBN: 9781433246289
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Bellwether By Connie Willis Kate Reading, Pop culture, chaos theory, and matters of the heart collide in this unique novella from the Hugo and Nebula Award winning author of Doomsday Book Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation Bennett O Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package andPop culture, chaos theory, and matters of the heart collide in this unique novella from the Hugo and Nebula Award winning author of Doomsday Book Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation Bennett O Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep But a series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions with the unintended help of the errant, forgetful, and careless office assistant Flip.Length 06 30 24

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    1. I owe bellwether a review.Bellwether is a book that I inevitably turn to when I want something that is light, clever, literate and sweet.Sandra Foster has been studying fads, specifically trying to identify what started the bobbed hair craze at some time in the 1920s.The company administrative assistant, Flip, is pretty much the worst ever, and one day when she mis delivers a perishable not fragile, as Pip says to Sandra, Sandra finds herself taking the package down to the Biology Department, wh [...]

    2. Bellwether is one of Connie Willis non SF satirical even farcical at times comedies It took me a couple of reads, about 10 years apart, to really appreciate it.The bellwether sheep, who leads the flockAfter Bellwether Read 1, sometime around 2005 3 stars I m a big Connie Willis, but she can be a little uneven She seems to have two primary modes farce comedy of errors usually with a little romance mixed in , and incredibly detailed and well researched SF Sometimes the two mix together, to delight [...]

    3. Baaaaaaaa I m caught in a horrible quandary On the one hand, this is a purely wonderful and madcap whirlwind of farcical trendsetting, and I mean that most literally, in that it s ABOUT the madcap whirlwind of farcical trendsetting, and yet for all its humor, its chaos, its insight into human and animal behavior, and even how fads rule the sciences, I have to admit that this isn t actually science fiction.It is a fantastic novella, though It s funny on so many different levels, and there s even [...]

    4. Not science fiction but rather fiction about science, akin to the distinction between a girlfriend and a friend that s a girl And like the difference between a platonic and an amorous relationship, this book is fun without too many complications It s about trend analysis, meaning a sociological study of fads, and chaos theory and how they interrelate It s also well written, chatty and a light, enjoyable read I ll read of her work.

    5. My main problem with Connie Willis books is that they usually have great characters and an interesting plot, but are thick with too much narrative padding, typically in the form of funny bits about bureaucratic incompetence and miscommunication due to mishaps with modern technology, and exhaustively researched recitation of facts tangentially related to the story famous last words and the Titanic disaster in Passage facts of life during the Blitz in Blackout All Clear etc I go back and forth on [...]

    6. Insecure, ill dressed chaos theorist desires intelligent, insightful, incandescent trends researcher Must be SC Yes, this is a romance novel, of sorts With socially awkward scientists and stuff But it has something that most romance novels only aspire to it s laugh out loud funny And smart And sneaky under the disguise of the boy meets girl plot, you might find out than you bargained for about science, and about what makes us human It is what The Big Bang Theoryshould have been and has no need [...]

    7. bell weth er b l w t h r 1 indicator of future developments or trends2 leader3 a sheep that leads the rest of the flock, usually wearing a bell around its neck Bennett told me you re working on fads analysis Why did you decide to work with fads Everybody else was doing it Sandra Foster works for the HiTek corporation studying fads How do fads start Why do some things catch fire while others fizzle And how can HiTek get in on the action Purely by accident, she meets Bennett O Reilly, a clumsily d [...]

    8. 2.5 stars Underwhelming from Connie Willis, one of my long time favorite authors This book is less sci fi in fact, I didn t even shelve it as such , and realistic fiction or speculative fiction, or even romantic comedy It s really hard to describe this book It is sort of a rambling narrative about trends actually pretty interesting , interpersonal relationships, and office environments with some chick lit thrown in It is a weird mix, and though I had no problem listening to it due to an always [...]

    9. I really have almost nothing to say about Bellwether itself, though the all time favourites shelf probably says enough, but this reread was an unusual one and I don t have any other social media site on which to share it Quite a few people here will already know that Dorian, a Dublin friend, was in a serious accident back in February, and is still in hospital, technically in a coma, although she has woken up The prognosis is not great, but of course brain injuries are always a big unknown Back i [...]

    10. A very different take on marketing and trends than the one presented in William Gibson s Pattern Recognition Still, this book has some similarities they re both non sci fi novels by authors known for their science fiction, and they both deal, thematically, with the human tendency toward fads However, where Gibson s character Cayce has an almost psychic attunement to these trends, Willis narrator is a much less glamorous, stressed out researcher who s trying to understand how and why trends happe [...]

    11. As you may know, I have an up and down relationship with Connie Willis books I think some of them are astoundingly good I think some of them are very weak So I always start a new one wondering which it s going to be And then there s Bellwether, which is barely even science fiction, and it s fun, but a bit forgettable This one didn t disappoint me, but it wasn t anything than fine.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came [...]

    12. So, I actually read this late last night I picked it up, and did not put it down.I love everything about this book I love that it gets science right I love how it characterizes bureaucracy I love how it s told I love the details I love the relationship and how it develops between Ben and Sandy I love how Connie Willis does relationships than most romance novels it s so delightful probably because the romance isn t everything, it doesn t feel separate from reality, but rather like it fits within [...]

    13. Prior to picking this up, I d read and greatly enjoyed two of Willis other books To Say Nothing of the Dog and The Doomsday Book However, despite the science fiction packaging, this one is a completely different kettle of fish and not in a good way It s basically a run of the mill romantic comedy blended with an unsuccessful social satire 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 tr [...]

    14. This is a formulaic love story set in what is supposed to be a research institution The author has clearly done a lot of reading and found a lot of trivia about fads, and drops short infobites about fads in history into the text throughout Unfortunately the plot moves slowly, the writing is competent in a breezey way and the researchers don t appear to do any real research As a researcher myself I was disappointed in the shallow portrayal of science Apart from the rather unlikely ways in which t [...]

    15. The book centers on the science of pop culture and chaos theory Connie Willis develops an intriguing tale set in the 90 s of scientists at a large research firm named Hi Tek Sabrina Foster studies fad source analysis Why do we make the decisions we do What makes us think something is a good idea, that a person is attractive, what we will wear, what we do in our free time, and what we do for a job Good questions, no I d like to know and so would every company in the world If you know what the nex [...]

    16. A huge thanks to Nenia for recommending this when I asked for a Nerd Romance This was exactly what I wanted and I can t even begin to classify this into a genre It s so distinctive First of all, it s hilarious I felt like Connie Willis nailed what it s like to work in Corporate America I could have changed the name of HiTek to the places I worked and it would have been exactly the same The complete waste of time exercises they come up with in the hopes that it will increase productivity when it [...]

    17. Re read in December 2015.Bellwether isn t science fiction, though the story is about scientists At heart it s an off beat romance between a couple of researchers, and it follows the often hit and miss process of scientific discovery Sandra Foster studies the origin of fads Bennett O Reilly studies animal behavior as an aspect of chaos theory They work at the same tech company but have never met that is until fate intervenes in the form of an exasperating administrative assistant named Flip.The b [...]

    18. The first time I read this, I gave it four stars.Time, however, has warped my feelings about this book from minor but fun to the best option if you really want to read Connie Willis to this represents a vicious libel on bread pudding and I m not sure if I can forgive it So let s take a tour of those evolving impressions.Minor but fun Bellwether is something of a romp It s slight literally this is closer to a novella than a true novel , and that slightness works to its advantage, because it s bas [...]

    19. THIS IS NOT SCIENCE FICTION This is just horrible fiction I suffered through 6 hours of gibberish and none sense ,listened to some ridiculous fads throughout the history ,heard the phrase hair bobbing about a million times ,some weird reasoning for scientific breakthroughs and social analysis The only good this about this book that helped me to continue was the narrator.

    20. Can we all agree to stop comparing banning smoking in public lounges to a racial segregation and b the Holocaust Thx.A tedious, unamusing, and flat rom com populated with tedious, unamusing, and flat characters So, this was a good book to pick up to get back into reading Connie Willis A lie.

    21. Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation Bennet O Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company 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 But series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questionsThis is my favorite Connie Willis book, hands down She blends pop culture, scientific discovery, chaos th [...]

    22. a fun read that is not popcorn it s not popcorn because Willis does an interesting thing she tells you a lot about chaos theory and statistical analyses while keeping you very, very amused about Cerenkov blue, and Barbies, and sheep this novel should be a foundation work for writers studying how to incorporate science into their fiction without being boring about it the plot our heroine is a researcher named Sandy she is studying fads how they begin, bow they spread, in an effort to understand h [...]

    23. I m not sure this really belongs under speculative fiction, but I found it in the SF F section in Waterstones, so it ll do Nor is it exactly humour it s humorous, but I don t think that s the main feature of the book It s also not a romance, even though there is romance in it In fact, I m not entirely sure what it is, altogether.I did enjoy it, all the way through, which is a step up for me when it comes to Connie Willis I found The Domesday Book painful when it comes to pacing, but good, and ha [...]

    24. Well, I debated on what to rate this book either 3 or 4 stars Originally I had planned to only give it 3 stars by nature of the fact that for me the enjoyability of reading this book was marginal However, the last 20 pages changed my opinion and coerced me into giving it 4 stars The last 20 pages was a microcosm explaining how I felt throughout reading the entire book and therefore, I realized the smarts behind the author s intent While reading the book, you feel yourself being pulled into a con [...]

    25. Three stars is an odd conclusion to arrive at when I hated virtually everyone except the two main characters But I really enjoyed their interactions and their growing relationship Even the science fun facts were enjoyable, since I ve read entire books that essentially functioned as such.But damn Willis seems to have her hackles up about young people Everyone in this story under the age of 30 is rude, shallow, and a constant slave to trends I get that it s probably supposed to be comedic, but it [...]

    26. Willis Bellwether is a fluid, witty story, filled with wry and insightful commentary on the American Public Sandra studies fads What triggers them Why do people follow them What s the new it thing She hopes to find the initiation point of such phenomena, and in examining each next big trend, she becomes increasingly disheartened with the Public Independent thinking is something Sandra cherishes, and when she meets a scientist whose dress and behavior mark him as the antithesis of the fad followe [...]

    27. This is delightful story of a scientist and her search for truth, well the truth about where fads start How did such social phenomena as the hula hoop and crossword puzzles get started Is there a sets of constants in each case that can explain such things as, virtual pets or the elusive hair bobbing trend Our protagonist works for a company that wants to know, but there is a funding issue that has to be dealt with.I was a little slow in getting the style of humor, but once I got into the style, [...]

    28. This is one of those comfort books that I frequently reread I was little surprised to realize today that Bellwether is over ten years old Some of the trends and fads described do date it somewhat, but the big ones mentioned are the historical ones, like hair bobbing and the Hula Hoop Almost everyone now has cell phones now They were still enough of a novelty at the time of Bellwether Strangely very little else has changed Corporate America is still changing policies and paperwork every other yea [...]

    29. This book has gotten rave reviews I don t think I got it I ve been really lucky to work in fairly healthy, functional places where you could, usually, just sit down and do your job, which probably reduces my empathy for the poor folks who have to fill out 27 page forms for pencils I have noticed whenever HR gets involved, work satisfaction and productivity plummets, but mercifully, we usually keep them out of the Temple of Justice Or, at least, the top floor where I work Anyhoo, this book was fu [...]

    30. The first time I read this, I figured I was either lost or losing my mind, but I was torn between laughter and rueful recognition Worth reading, re reading, and re re reading Note Gotta love a protagonist who checks classic books out from the library regularly, even when she doesn t have time to read them, so their circulation stats stay high enough to keep them on the shelf Even because I like the books she checks out

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