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Author: Connie Willis
Pop culture, chaos theory and matters of the heart collide in this unique novella from the Hugo and Nebula winning author of Doomsday Book. — 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 mis...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780553562965
ISBN-10: 0553562967
Publication Date: 6/2/1997
Pages: 247
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 125 ratings
Publisher: Spectra
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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I love this book to death! It's marketed as science fiction -- mainly because Connie Willis is a science-fiction author -- but I don't think it really is. It's a novel about science and scientists. It's also a wacky, screwball romantic comedy. It's a great deal of fun! Lighthearted and funny, but it also deals with some deeper issues -- specifically, the nature of scientific discovery. It was a joy to read.
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Wow! I couldn't put this one down. Smart, intelligent, sharp, with biting humor that is so right on the money every time that you want to tell someone how good it is, but you just can't explain it. Don't miss this one.
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Connie Willis is a Hugo and Nebula Award winning author. She was won more awards than any other science fiction author. Now, with all the wit and inventiveness that have made her one of the most beloved writers in the field, she explores the intimate relationship between science, pop culture, and the arcane secrets of the heart.
In other words, a scientific, cyber-punkish future that demonstrates the chaos theory in group behavior. All that wordiness aside, it's a good, solid read.
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My book group had read this book before I joined and a few had thought it was a little weird. The author has won more Hugo and Nebula awards than any other science fiction author. I'm not much of a science fiction fan but .... I loved this book! I hope you enjoy it too.
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alot of fun. One of her books that is more towards Brain Candy rather than one of her more meaningful ones
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A very different take on marketing and trends than the one presented in William Gibsons Pattern Recognition! Still, this book has some similarities: theyre 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 Gibsons character Cayce has an almost psychic attunement to these trends, Willis narrator is a much less glamorous, stressed-out researcher whos trying to understand how and why trends happen by attempting to track down the source of past fads. Plagued by the uniquely-fashionable but totally incompetent assistant, Flip (who is nearly the exact same character as Bubbles in Absolutely Fabulous [at least, I kept seeing her]), her work takes her through the maze of academic research institutions, bureaucratic red tape and illogical management, a mysteriously attractive scientist who seems to be immune to trends to say nothing of the flock of sheep! ;-)
I didnt think this book was quite as good as either of the other Willis books Ive read, but it was still definitely a fun and witty read.
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Around page 70 I started to wonder if this book was going anywhere. Which isn't to say it wasn't enjoyable reading. I typically find Willis' writing to be a bit repetitive but this book also didn't seem to have a point. After finishing the book I can better see the context of the earlier chapters though I do feel like this was really the first half of what could have been a really exciting story.

Still I enjoyed this little novel. It's light, easy reading with a bit of a twist near the end. Recommended for reading on the bus or at the beach.
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Willis' books, all of which are excellent, are either horribly bleak tragedies or madcap romances. I like the madcap romances best, and this is one of the best of those. Cloche hats! Sheep! Grantwriting! This book is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Four stars.