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What Connie Willis soon makes clear is that genre can go to the dogs. To Say Nothing of the Dog is a fine, and fun, romance--an amused examination of conceptions and misconceptions about other eras, other people. When we first meet Ned, in 1940, he and five other time jumpers are searching bombed-out Coventry Cathedral for the bishop's bird stump, an object about which neither he nor the reader will be clear for hundreds of pages. All he knows is that if they don't find it, the powerful Lady Schrapnell will keep sending them back in time, again and again and again. Once he's been whisked through the rather quaint Net back to the Oxford future, Ned is in a state of super time-lag. (Willis is happily unconcerned with futuristic vraisemblance, though Ned makes some obligatory references to "vids," "interactives," and "headrigs.") The only way Ned can get the necessary two weeks' R and R is to perform one more drop and recuperate in the past, away from Lady Schrapnell. Once he returns something to someone (he's too exhausted to understand what or to whom) on June 7, 1888, he's free.
Willis is concerned, however, as is her confused character, with getting Victoriana right, and Ned makes a good amateur anthropologist--entering one crowded room, he realizes that "the reason Victorian society was so restricted and repressed was that it was impossible to move without knocking something over." Though he's still not sure what he's supposed to bring back, various of his confederates keep popping back to set him to rights. To Say Nothing of the Dog is a shaggy-dog tale complete with a preternaturally quiet, time-traveling cat, Princess Arjumand, who might well be the cause of some serious temporal incongruities--for even a mouser might change the course of European history. In the end, readers might well be more interested in Ned's romance with a fellow historian than in the bishop's bird stump, and who will not rejoice in their first Net kiss, which lasts 169 years! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I found the book to be well written but without anything to sink your teeth into. As a light read to pass the time it was just fine.Published 4 days ago by Knit One
After the funny but traumatic masterpiece that is Doomsday Book, this is a very charming love story set in the same universe. I recommend reading Jerome K. Read morePublished 7 days ago by fatso
All I can say is I quit reading this after about 75 Kindle pages. Way too off the wall for my taste.Published 9 days ago by walkin'reader
I laughed out loud so many times - I am reading it again to relish the writing and humor one more time. Lots of fun.Published 9 days ago by Jennifer Anne Helfrich
This is a really fun book. I wiil be reading everything i can find by Connie Willis.Published 9 days ago by HannahinSac
What a stupid stupid book!!! If you like books with no plot, no interesting characters,no romance, no humor, go for it. Read morePublished 15 days ago by truman gruelle
I loved the wackiness of the characters and the idea of time travelers being average Joe's just trying to make a living and caught up in someone else's rat race... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Dawn Amato
'To Say Nothing of the Dog' came highly recommended, but eh... I just didn't care much for it.
The humor in this book reminded me of the cartoons where... Read more
I was unable to read the book due to the small print in the paperback edition.
Because of this I gave the book to another reader in my book club group.