Virtually snowbound, September 25, 2012 (view all comments by Virtually snowbound)
I would consider "Bellwether" the gateway book for those not familiar with Connie Willis. Her humor, timing and ability to layer action are unsurpassed, and those who would be scared away by anything labeled science fiction or fantasy will find themselves sucked in to Willis' world. Read this, then "To Say Nothing of the Dog" and work up to the bigtime, "Blackout" and "All Clear."
David W. Nicholas, September 2, 2011 (view all comments by David W. Nicholas)
Connie Willis ventures into what real world scientific research can be like and how readily it can be stymied by the chaos found in organizations. Her sense of humor in depicting one scientist's search for the origins and mechanisms of fads is both razor sharp and on occasion slapstick -- in other words, a realistic depiction of the many unexpected pitfalls scientists must watch out for. This is a delightful tale told with Willis' typical insight, precise prose, and her ability to make the reader feel like a co-conspirator with the protagonist within the first 20 pages.
sunnycyclist, March 5, 2009 (view all comments by sunnycyclist)
Is is science, science fiction, romance, mystery, or a history lesson about fads?
Connie Willis takes the reader through an amazing adventure with her wry sense of humor as the guide. If I had to pin this book down, I'd say it was a fairy tale about the scientific method.
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