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Bellwether (1996)

by Connie Willis

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Recently added byCheryl_in_CC_NV, rcganz, private library, Lunytoucan, ginger.hewitt
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    Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (Kichererbse)
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    So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld (mzonderm)
    mzonderm: Both books are interesting commentaries on how fads get started.
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    PopCo by Scarlett Thomas (shelfoflisa)
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Only Humboldt (Nancy Pearl says it's a 'sweet intelligent love story')
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Bellwether is a whimsical, good-natured fairy tale for scientists. It's a fast read, easy to devour in a day. I found Ms. Willis' sense of humour charming and her characters very entertaining. I highly recommend it, especially if you need a pick-me up after a crappy day or depressing book. ( )
  Xandylion | Jan 19, 2015 |
Willis catches the ridiculousness that is academic/bureaucratic scientific businesses perfectly. The never ending flows of required paperwork which no one can figure out how to fill out. The inept employees who think their mistake is someone else's mistake (yours, in point of fact). The scientists who just want to do their research. It's all here and it's painfully funny. ( )
  AuntieClio | Sep 8, 2014 |
The audible book is beautifully read. A lite and uplifting story. ( )
  travelster | Sep 3, 2014 |
enjoyable send-up of corporate science, red tape, 20-something do-little fad-followers. Sweet romance. Not science fiction ( )
  DavidO1103 | Aug 25, 2014 |
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Jensen, BruceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reading, KateNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Brothers, sisters, husbands, wives--
Follwed the Piper for their lives.
From street to street he piped advancing,
And step by step they followed dancing.
robert browning
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To John
From Abigail

"Yours--yours--yours--"
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It's almost impossible to pinpoint the beginning of a fad.
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"Do you like po-mo pink?" I asked her.
She sighed. "It's the boss color for fall."
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553562967, Mass Market Paperback)

A sociologist who studies fads and a chaos theorist are brought together by a strange misdelivered package. This book has all the wit and clever writing that characterized Willis' earlier Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Doomsday Book.

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A romantic comedy on two scientists using the chaos theory to predict fads in our society. They are Sandra and Bennet, working on the premise that a tiny action like the flap of a butterfly's wings in Arizona has an impact on the whole world, perhaps resulting in a hurricane in China. The couple's work on fad-diffusion produces comic as well as tragic results.… (more)

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