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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 enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to reading more of Connie Willis' work.Published 8 hours ago by Chloe Bird
Ned Henry is exhausted and overworked, suffering severe time-lag. In order to escape a very demanding Lady Schrappnel and the assignment that has her running... Read more
I highly recommend this book. Willis totally captures the reader in her time travel world. Some mystery and some high adventure and plenty of humor. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Nancy M. Lubisco
I read quite a few reviews before I decided I might like this book. The reviews said it was humorous. The reviews said there were interesting characters. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog is a great sequel to one of my favorite books, Doomsday Book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steven R. Lindahl
Very repetitive and drawn out. The book did not grab me and was slow reading. Also the title was misleading.Published 1 month ago by BAK
Fantastic book. I found it captivating, entertaining, and it even made me laugh here and there.Published 1 month ago by Surveyor3