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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This is just horrible fiction! I like other Connie Willis books much more. It’s been a long time since I thought about Pet Rocks or mood rings, for example. Sandra Foster is a scientist who is researching the phenomenon of fads, in particular, how they start and spread. However, despite the science fiction packaging, this one is a completely different kettle of fish — and not in a good way. 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 about.

Interestingly, the “Pippa Passes” theme is much stronger and more explicit than I remembered from my first read. She is one of the most honored science fiction writers of the s and s.

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As I said, I don’t have much to say about the book itself, except that it seems unlikely there are willls more challenging connis of a book than to read it to someone who’s cconnie as hell, a voracious reader, and completely unresponsive. What Flip is good for is causing chaos and destruction wherever she goes.

But is her influence for evil, or is it just mundane? There’s some good writing buried under the crap bellwether or pacing that really doesn’t work for me, anywayand a bright mind. Wkllis why acronyms are an annoying fad that refuses to go gently into the oblivion of past similar fads. There’s even a believable but unobtrusive romance. After Bennet’s “simplified” funding form gets lost he made the mistake of turning it in to FlipSandra combines forces and projects with him, helping him acquire a flock of sheep in order to continue his work.


If you haven’t read it, it’s okay, you can still join the party. Eye-rolling and Barbie and bread pudding. Mar 16, Jill rated it it was ok. Sandra is a very accessible heroine. I’m finished with my totally unplanned reread, and this one definitely deserves another star. If she can figure this out she can figure out what truly starts trends. If your looking for a light, fun and thought provoking read, check this out.

A tedious, unamusing, and flat rom-com populated with tedious, unamusing, and flat characters. He is a perfect study subject. Because chocolate cheesecake is so hard to find and only carried by obscure restaurantsI guess? Can I tell you I adored Bennet?

It was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in Why do people follow them? Sorting newspaper clippings but never having any idea of a theoretical approach?

Jul 13, unknown rated it really liked it Shelves: Flip and Pippa are both diminutive names for Phillipa. The net effect is to make the book seem like a lengthy, passive-aggressive note left on the breakroom refrigerator: Jul 07, carol. Nov 05, Lyn rated it liked it. This is a light, fun book which nonetheless has a core of common sense and deeper meaning.

I love that no willls understands how to fill out the paperwork, or even the instructions on how to fill out the paperwork. Is there a sets of constants in each case that can explain such things as, virtual pets or the elusive hair bobbing trend? Nothing could be further from the truth. Flip delivers a perishable package to Sabrina instead of the person it belongs to.


Katherine Hepburn and Cary Crant. Jun 20, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: The sheep storyline had me dying of laughter.

It was an interesting read with some fun moments, but ultimately this one didn’t really stick with me. Patrick asked her if it was bothering her, and I said that I really hoped the first “What the fuck do you think? 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. Or, is there another reason she finds him so interesting?

More than one fifties musical mined that territory, and it wasn’t even all that funny then. When Sandra treks down to the other end of the building with the package, she meets Bennet O’Reilly, a chaos theorist who seems impervious to trends, fads and even basic fashion.


So, I actually read this late last night. I didn’t even try to predict how it would work out, because I was having too much fun along the way. It’s light, it’s humorous, and smart.

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