To Say Nothing of the Dog or How We Found the Bishop's

To Say Nothing of the Dog or How We Found the Bishop's

To Say Nothing of the Dog or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last ❰BOOKS❯ ⚣ To Say Nothing of the Dog or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last Author Connie Willis – Connie Willis' Hugo and Nebula Award winning Doomsday Book uses time travel for a serious look at how people connect with each other In this Hugo winning companion to that novel she offers a completel Nothing of ePUB ↠ Connie Willis' Hugo and Nebula Award winning Doomsday Book uses time travel for a serious look at how people connect with each other In this Hugo winning companion to that novel she offers a completely different kind of time travel adventure a delightful romantic comedy that pays hilarious homage to Jerome K Jerome's Say Nothing of the Dog PDF \ Three Men in a BoatWhen too many jumps back to leave st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution But complexities To Say eBook Ä like recalcitrant rowboats missing cats and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 512 pages
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last
  • Connie Willis
  • English
  • 23 July 2015
  • 9780553575385

About the Author: Connie Willis

Nothing of ePUB ↠ Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis is an American science fiction writer She is one of the most honored science fiction writers of the s and sShe has won among other awards ten Hugo Awards and six Nebula Awards Willis most recently won a Hugo Award for All Seated on the Ground August She Say Nothing of the Dog PDF \ was the recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Ficti.

10 thoughts on “To Say Nothing of the Dog or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

  1. carol. carol. says:

    If ever there was a symphony as book Beethoven's 8th? it would be this one Like a symphony To Say Nothing is a wonderful composite that is almost impossible to deconstruct In many books there might be a chapter that stands out whether due to brilliance or failure; this is largely a harmonious excellently written whole with only one or two incongruous passages near the end Then there's the writing amazingly developed and interwoven it takes a number of disparate themes and juxtaposes them Like a flute soaring above the rest of the orchestra there are playful little giggles throughout largely due to reoccurring motifs Particular favorites include Ned's bemusement at hearing anarchoristic words poppycock and drat unfortunate couples that end in disaster Ned's inability to read a Roman numeral pocket watch I dozed off again at half past V and the fickleness of cats There are serious undertones and a sense of urgency; the characters need to achieve their personal mission but are also extremely concerned about their detrimental impact on history And to be completely honest like a symphony one needs to be in the mood and willing to pay attention otherwise it just becomes so much soporific background noiseThe almost impossible summary in the year 2057 Lady Schrapnell is there a perfectly named character? has come to England determined to rebuild Coventry Cathedral where her exponentially great grandmother experienced a life changing event In her zeal she's determined to make every detail perfect God is in the details and has enlisted the Temporal Physics department of the University to make it happen The story is told by temporal historian Ned Henry who has most recently been in 1940 looking through the burned ruins of the Cathedral for the 'bishop's bird stump' a hideous paragon to the lack of Victorian taste It did however have twining ivy and a bas relief of either Noah's ark or the battle of Jericho His partner pulls him back to normal time when it is discovered he's suffering from time lag evidenced by one of the first symptoms of time lag is a tendency to maudlin sentimentality like an Irishman in his cups or a Victorian poet cold sober His interview in the Infirmary always makes me laugh Infirmary nurses usually resemble something out of the Spanish Inuisition but this one had an almost kindly face the sort an assistant torturer might haveNed is sent to 1888 with the dual purpose of recovering in the pastoral Victorian English countryside and returning an object to 1888 restore an incongruity and preserve the historical timeline He meets an Oxford undergrad Terence and takes a idyllic boat ride down the Thames with him only to discover Terence is intent on meeting a new infatuation Lady Schrapnell's greats grandmother Tossie While she has not attained the bossy demeanor of Lady S she nonetheless has almost everyone falling in line with her ridiculous plans that include a seance and a jumble sale What follows is a comedy of errors as the time traveling historians attempt to keep the young would be lovers separated The historians are convinced Tossie needs to fall in love with an unknown man with the initial 'C' and begin combing the countryside for eligible and not so eligible bachelors Accompanying them is a genuine Oxford don distracted by fish and history a tenacious and fierce bulldog named Cyril and a black cat As cats are extinct in the modern era poor Ned is particularly unskilled in managing themI set her down and she walked a few feet across the grass and then took off like a shot and disappeared round the corner of a wall I told you so Cyril saidWell don't just stand there Go after her I saidCyril continued sittingHe had a point Our chasing after her in the woods hadn't been a roaring success Well what do you suggest then?He lay down his muzzle against the milk bottle and it wasn't a bad ideaA caveat this is not hard or traditional science fiction The most science fiction like aspect supposes that time travel is possible but only in ways that don't effect the past or allow travelers to bring objects into the future The field is known as temporal physics and it while it is still being explored incongruities artificial changes to the timeline could theoretically could alter the course of history or if it were severe enough destroy the universe Luckily for us the universe is self repairing and has lines of defense that might manifest as an increase in coincidental events We learn this in brief scenes between the time travelers and it's artfully doneCharacterization is wonderfully done The historians are well developed and multi dimensional I confess I especially love Cyril who is completely dog like but provides a silent foil for Ned's thoughtsWhile I recognize the style and pace won't appeal to everyone especially the action adventure reader I'm ridiculously fond of this book I've re read it numerous times especially when I want to be in a book holding pattern reading something familiar and enjoyable that didn't keep me up until 2 am reading I've read it so many times that I find myself uoting it even if no one else gets my references In fact I once slightly embarrassed myself by exclaiming a genuine Oxford don courtesy of the passage I sat there watching him examine the fish and marvelling at what we'd caught A genuine eccentric Oxford don They're an extinct species too Well he was a genuine eccentric don after all he studied voodoo and death practicesAnyone who reads my reviews knows I have a fondness for the well turned phrase but while I often smile reading this book the humor is built up over repeating passages rather than the the standard uip This is gentle suspenseful silly romantic and sophisticated reading Filled with literary references and philosophizing on the importance of individuals in history versus scientific principles someone with a classic background might best appreciate the wide ranging references but despite my own infirm education I didn't find them inaccessible If you enjoy Bertie Wooster Shakespeare Agatha Christie and Lord Peter mysteries history gentle comedic romance and literary references the sly wit in this book will keep you entertained Cross posted at March 2016

  2. ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) says:

    · Previous rating 5 stars eyerolls at her 2015 Self of Despicable Book Taste and Total Lack of Judgement· New rating 20 million stars And a half➽ And the moral of this rerererererereread is Connie Willis’ amazingly clever writing one of the most beautifully constructed tale ever the top ranking boyfriend in my High Security Harem aka Cyril the Bulldog time travel restful Victorian times delightfully wacky Victorian escapades PG Wodehouse awesome space time continuum incongruities and self corrections and stuff hahahahaha the very aptly named Lady Shrapnell Difficulty Distinguishing Sounds Agatha Christie and my boyfriend Hercule Poirot exotic Japanese goldfish or lack thereof high explosive bombs deliciously eccentric Oxford dons calamities who look like naiads and vice versa Slowness in Answering infirmary nurses and the Spanish Inuisition the regulations of animals in bed aged relicts and not so aged ones too Ultra Maudlin Sentimentality eating vile unspeakable Victorian things for breakfast the Blitz Couples That Come To A Bad End naughty bad doggums vs deawest dearum pwecious Juju cats and cabs and fans oh my Dorothy L Sayers and Lord Peter Wimsey slightly exasperating spoiled Victorian brats Disorientation Mrs Chattisbourne’s ever giggling flower garden the Enigma machine cat induced suffocation Napoleon’s hemorrhoids butler pinching chaos theory the bird Luftwaffe the somewhat hideous bishop’s bird stump view spoiler duh hide spoiler

  3. thefourthvine thefourthvine says:

    First know that I am deeply biased when it comes to this book it's got time travel which I love with a love that is than love and it's got Cyril who I love with a love that makes my time travel love look like a Tuesday afternoon romance Plus it's inspired by and references oh my god REFERENCES one of my favorite books Jerome K Jerome's Three Men in a Boat So you know I won't even attempt a ualitative review I'll just say that this is fun and funny and it hits my narrative kinks so hard that I would marry it if there was a church that solemnized bibliopolygamy This book is a freuent re read and a joy forever

  4. Bradley Bradley says:

    Fateful re read 5418 This is one of my all time favorite books From the clever phrases and deep PTSD exasperation to the total eventual collapse of the space time continuum because of a freaking cat to THE BISHOP'S BIRD STUMP I find myself chortling nearly twenty years after the first read and again on the re readWe're catapulted through time thanks to the Oxford History Department's time machine put to the disposal of a wealthy American patron who is let's be frank NUTS She's sent seemingly countless overworked historians into the Blitz to recover artifacts from the destroyed cathedral at Coventry What really happens is a LOT of slippage in the time stream a deep mystery even miscommunication and strange coincidences and classic slapstick and some of the funniest Victorian Romance I've come across Oh it's definitely hardcore SF but it's also a tribute to Jerome K Jerome's Three Men in a Boat and the spirit is very much alive and wellWhat we've got is a genre masher of epic proportions It's a high stakes time continuum travel and looming disaster a truly atrocious MacGuffin that has everyone running around like headless chickens in a slapstick comedy and a classic 1930's Hercule Peroit Agatha Christie mystery All three genres are pulled off wonderfully And she tops it all off with VERY well turned phrases that stick with you so warmly Charming? Beyond charming Utterly delightful No poppycock

  5. Laura Laura says:

    Oh dear Every time I see the title of this book it makes me feel anxious I am almost ashamed to say this in public but I will be brave I didn't like it I know Everyone loves it and I can't explain why I don't Normally I love all the elements that make up this book time travel romance the 19th century Just to be sure about it I have read it twice over the years; once in traditional book format and once as an audio book sigh It makes me feel defective but there you are I didn't like itThe only reason I'm really posting this review is in case there is another person out there who doesn't like it and would be comforted to know that they aren't alone Maybe we can start a club?

  6. Clouds Clouds says:

    Christmas 2010 I realised that I had got stuck in a rut I was re reading old favourites again and again waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works Something had to be doneOn the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge to read every book to have won the Locus Sci Fi award That’s 35 books 6 of which I’d previously read leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to meWhile working through this reading list I got married went on my honeymoon switched career and became a father As such these stories became imprinted on my memory as the soundtrack to the happiest period in my life so farHave you read Passage by Connie Willis? I have It was the first Willis I read We didn’t get on To Say Nothing of the Dog arrived in the post shortly afterwards and I wasn’t exactly bouncing off the walls in excitement I looked at the book The book looked at me I shoved in on a shelf and went back to reading Cyteen I read another half dozen books before I worked up the courage to even consider itI was packing books for my honeymoon I wasn’t sure how much reading I’d get done because we were planning an action packed holiday wink wink nudge nudge so I lobbed in a couple of books I’d been putting off – ‘ The Dog and Years of Rice Salt As it turned out I nearly broke my ankle on our second day in Malta so we spent our time hobbling around the pool and restaurants instead of all the mountain climbing and scuba diving we had intended Lots time for reading than expectedMy darling wife actually nabbed ' The Dog before I’d looked at it I was still grinding my way through the latter half of Cryptonomicon when she started flicking through the first chapterIsn’t this by the same writer you called ‘bloody miserable’?YeahIt’s funnyReally?YeahReally?I’m borrowing it‘KayIt turned out she really enjoyed it and recommended it highly Which came as something of a surprise My point and I understand if you’d given up all hope of me reaching it is that stories take you on a journey – and how you connect with and take enjoyment from that journey can be hugely influenced by what you expect from the book and what’s going on in your life at that time Had I read ‘ The Dog the moment it came through the letterbox ignoring the fact that I would have been interrupting Cyteen midway through which is most out of character for me I don’t think it would have had the same effect on the post Passage pre Wedding collapsing uantum wave front that we call my sentient consciousness But this was the right book at the right time and I loved itWith humour it’s all subjective – it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I found it very funny It’s not exactly laugh out loud funny but definitely dry tickle in your cheeks funny and stick in your head funny Particularly the effects of time lag in ‘difficulty distinguishing sounds’ – this has become a long running gag in our house ever since Pretending to have difficulty distinguishing what your wife has said when she’s asking you to do chores – it’s hilarious to me anywayThe cats The dog The goldfish The chaos theory The Alice in Wonderland conversations The Bishop’s bloody bird stump Oh yes please More?Never before has an author pulled a U turn in my estimations with such panache; you wily bird Willis The Oxford Time Travel series is an odd and scatter shot series This book made me smile Doomsday tried hard to make me cry and Blackout All Clear had me tearing out my hair with anxiety Why couldn’t she just write a direct seuel to this?Ned gets the girl“And kissed her for a hundred and sixty nine years” but what happened next hmmm?There should be a whole series of Victorian adventures with Ned and Verity And kittens A happy 5 stars Definitely check it outYou might not click – I’ll admit it doesn’t work for a decent percentage of readers – butbut you might just discover a new book for your favourites shelf It’s worth the risk read it

  7. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    299 Kindle sale Dec 11 2018 While this offbeat time travel novel is a seuel of sorts to Doomsday Book they have completely different vibes and it's not really necessary to have read Doomsday Book before this one This is one of my favorite books in the world but it's kind of an odd one that probably won't work for everyone It's a little bit madcap farce with people running and time hopping around trying to find some obscure ugly piece of Victorian art; it's got a bit of romantic comedy a bit of mystery and a lot of this and that kind of all mashed together in a way that can seem confusing at times but in the end is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANTGive it a shot That's all

  8. Kim Kim says:

    Two weeks ago I'd not heard of Connie Willis or of this novel It came into my life because I randomly clicked through to this article in The Guardian when I was looking for something completely different Had I done my random clicking pre Goodreads I may well have passed on this novel because science fiction fantasy does not describe the kind of novel I generally read But these days I'm much adventurous so I jumped right in What fun this was It's a time travel story that sort of makes sense a farce a romp a screwball comedy a comedy of manners a romance a mystery and a homage to Three Men in a Boat It includes some truly hideous Victoriana the burning of Coventry Cathedral a dog and a cat an eccentric Oxford don a boat a butler and allusions to writers including Shakespeare Tennyson Agatha Christie Lewis Carroll and Dorothy L Sayers which was particularly special for me because I'm a Dorothy L Sayers nut There was even a reference to The Princess Bride or at least I think there was view spoiler A character saying As you wish than once to a young lady struck me as a clue hide spoiler

  9. Algernon (Darth Anyan) Algernon (Darth Anyan) says:

    A most entertaining adventure where Oxford dons get to meddle with time travel and a chance for the author to exercise her wit and to pay homage to great British authors Everything is thrown into the pot from ancient Greek battles to the decisions that sealed the fate of Napoleon at Waterloo from Shakespeare to Tennyson G K Chesterton to P G Wodehouse Victorian morals and artistic expressions boating on the Thames or the raid that destroyed the Coventry Cathedral in World War II Lord Peter Whimsey or Hercule Poirot jumble sales or spiritualism to say nothing of the dog or the catI couldn't stop laughing as I followed the well intended but clueless attempts of a pair of young historians to fix the time travel paradox of an errant cat and to discover the whereabouts of the infamous Bishop's Bird Stump I can understand how the numerous academic insider jokes and references to British culture and history can put off some readers but I have always been a fan of some of the names mentioned above so this book was exactly what I needed to put me in a good moodedit spelling

  10. Beverly Beverly says:

    It is a revelation smart and funny especially a particular mix up about Cyril Romance time travel history this book has it all

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