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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Publishing Group, 2009.
ISBN: 9780307571946
Characteristics: p. ; cm.


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ylpladults Aug 23, 2018

This is a light novel about scientists working for a crazy, chaotic, fad-loving, bureaucratic research company. Sandra is interested in the origins of fads. In fact, each chapter starts with a paragraph about a fad from the past and these are often quite amusing. She meets Bennett, a man who lives beyond fads and who therefore fascinates her. Bennett studies Chaos Theory. There’s romance, there’s chaos, and there are sheep!

May 01, 2017

A funny and enjoyable book that should resonate with anybody who has ever been subjected to management speak or wondered why people seem to blindly follow idiotic trends.

Feb 19, 2014

With _Bellwether_, Willis scores yet more points with her vivid, finely tuned prose and memorable characters. Though the story's premise (lost project funding and research obstacles) might not seem very inviting, Willis makes it both engaging and hilarious with her spot-on characterizations of office life. By the end of the book, I was rooting for the main characters as enthusiastically as though they'd been searching for the cure for cancer.

Oct 23, 2013

A witty clever foray into a research facility with an incompetant assistant, a chaos theory scientist, a flock of sheep and a lot of things that aren't what they seem. The fad trivia heading each chapter is worth the reading alone.

crankylibrarian Sep 27, 2013

Anyone who's ever fallen prey to management gobbledygook, or despaired of ordering a simple small coffee at a Starbucks will chuckle appreciatively at Connie Willis' lampoon of fads in literature, cooking, child-rearing, and alas library management. Although many of her references now sound dated, (an inevitable hazard when writing about fads), and her curmudgeonly tone wears thin after several chapters, overall this is a terrific reductio ad absurdum of the dangers of uncritically following trends.

Apr 13, 2012

A good read that isn't exactly like all of her other books. It is very interesting and introduces a new perspective on everyday occurrences.

Aug 19, 2011

Great book. Humorous look at fads, chaos theory, corporate policy, livestock, and duct tape.

Nov 26, 2010

One of my favourites. A light hearteded look at Academia, university politics and fads.

May 13, 2010

Very funny, and packed with information about fads - Connie Willis is always a delight.

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Nov 26, 2010

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