Bellwether

by Connie Willis | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0553562967 Global Overview for this book
Registered by akg of Didcot, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on 11/5/2005
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6 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by akg from Didcot, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, November 05, 2005
I bought this book from Book and Comic Emporium in Vancouver on honeymoon.

I read The tipping point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (Malcom Gladwell) earlier in the year and this book looks at a similar topic, fads, but as fiction.

I loved that this book was set in a corporation where management try and improve the liklihood of winning prizes by introducing new management ideas and 'streamlined' processes so the staff spend so long trying to fill in forms that they can't actually do their work. Then the lead character Sandra Foster is so dedicated to her research that she sees everything in relation to fads, from entries in the personals to clothing. It all adds up to a humourous, light hearted and easy read with some interesting ideas, and if you want to follow up on those ideas I would recommend the Gladwell book mentioned previously.

Journal Entry 2 by akg from Didcot, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, December 11, 2005
Sending this out on a ray

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Journal Entry 3 by jax-010 from Drayton, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, December 16, 2005
Passed on to me by akg - have started it, and am enjoying it so far. Will aim to finish before Christmas, and pass on. Hope it doesn't get caught in the Christmas post :-)

Journal Entry 4 by jax-010 from Drayton, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Just sending this off this evening to Nyassa (slightly later than planned - sorry!).

Journal Entry 5 by nyassa from Deal, Kent United Kingdom on Saturday, February 04, 2006
Arrived safely, many thanks!

Journal Entry 6 by nyassa from Deal, Kent United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Great book, I really enjoyed it. Fiction based in science rather than science fiction, if you see what I mean. The theme of fads reminded me very slightly of Pattern Recognition. I must see if I can get hold of the Gladwell book.

Thanks for sharing it akg. It should be off to sunlightbub within the next day or two.

Journal Entry 7 by Sunnybubble from Wallasey, Merseyside United Kingdom on Saturday, March 11, 2006
REceived today! Thanks xxxxx

Journal Entry 8 by Sunnybubble from Wallasey, Merseyside United Kingdom on Sunday, March 26, 2006
I really enjoyed this and it was a quick read.. I'll probably be whipped for this, but it seemed to be sort of scientific Chicklit..but that might just be me..lol

I really loved the paragraphs at the beginning of each chapter with the info about fads and I'll look for more books by this author. Thanks for sharing.

Journal Entry 9 by Shelbycat from Llanelli, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, April 10, 2006
I've just received this in the post and lok forward to enjoying it asap!

Journal Entry 10 by Shelbycat from Llanelli, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Very much enjoyed this book, although TOH has just tried to read it and found he doesn't like Connie Willis (his loss).
I'm going to post this on to my BookSwap recipient who i think is Tutleymutley but i can't remember exactly ...

Journal Entry 11 by tutleymutley from Newton Abbot, Devon United Kingdom on Monday, June 05, 2006
Received this - along with several bookrings, so probably won't be able to get round to reading it for a while. Thanks Shelbycat - looks like a light read for summer hols.

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