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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 myself laughing out loud at times while reading in.
This book has fun characters, who are even more entertaining when suffering the effects of time lag which seems to be like jet lag but much funnier to the observer.
Very witty and entertaining peopled with believable characters an interesting plot.
A fun, fast read, but not nearly as good as the Doomsday Book. As dark as the Doomsday book was, I found the storyline actually much more engaging and the characters more... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Michelle
The second book in the time-travel series is a fun read. Some of the writing, especially in the beginning, was laugh-out-loud funny. Read morePublished 17 days ago by BKW
I thoroughly enjoyed this book although keeping up with the time trips and the rippling repercussions made me "barmy". Read morePublished 19 days ago by SuzMar
I always finish a book because I keep thinking that it will be good. I could not finish this book.Published 23 days ago by KandA
So seldom do I find a story with the fun of French farce, the freedom of fantsey/sci-fi and the laughter brought on by stiff cardboard characters portrayed with a straight face all... Read morePublished 25 days ago by R. D. Weyrick
This book takes a cliche scifi device and makes it brand new. It feels very timeless, in no small part due to its pre-dating the emergence of the Internet. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Josh