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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.
Never use 10 words if a hundred will do! If there is a worthwhile story, a hundred would do but this felt like the Everyready bunny...wound up with nowhere to go.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
This is a clever, extremely funny, and at times zany book - a genre that I wouldn't normally pick to read as it involves time travel. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Elaine Russell
Entertaining, fun romp through time travel by sassy author playing with words and taking readers along for the ride. Read morePublished 11 days ago by edie
Really great time travel book - very quirky and funny - Loved It!Published 13 days ago by BioTeacher in Kentucky
An absolute delight! Time travel, late 19th century England, mysteries, dog, cat, fish, romance, humor, literary references, and the elusive bishop's bird stump. Read morePublished 15 days ago by GBKIM
A truly inspired and humorous tale. Definitely worth the time to read.Published 24 days ago by James Heller
I enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to reading more of Connie Willis' work.Published 26 days ago by Chloe Bird