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To Say Nothing of the Dog

af Connie Willis

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Ned Henry is badly in need of a rest. He's been shuttling between the 21st century and the 1940s searching for a Victorian atrocity called the bishop's bird stump. It's part of a project to restore the famed Coventry Cathedral, destroyed in a Nazi air raid over a hundred years earlier. But then Verity Kindle, a fellow time traveler, inadvertently brings back something from the past. Now Ned must jump back to the Victorian era to help Verity put things right--not only to save the project but to prevent altering history itself.… (mere)
Nyligt tilføjet afrchoerter, itsrob, nicosilver, JoeB1934, ErinRader, JFBCore, privat bibliotek, rapunzle, maryellencg
  1. 191
    Tre mand i en båd (for ikke at tale om hunden) af Jerome K. Jerome (Medellia, rakerman, kittycatpurr, wookiebender)
  2. 193
    Doomsday Book af Connie Willis (amberwitch, Othemts, Patangel)
    amberwitch: A much darker book set in the same universe. This time the timetravel is to the dark middle ages instead of the gay Victorian era
    Othemts: To Say Nothing of the Dog is a more light-hearted time travel adventure which is sort of a sequel to Doomsday Book. Both are excellent, enjoyable novels.
  3. 70
    Time and Again af Jack Finney (Kichererbse)
  4. 104
    The Eyre Affair af Jasper Fforde (simon_carr)
    simon_carr: Similar light hearted style and 'book travelling' rather than time travelling but chances are if you like one then you'll like the other.
  5. 50
    Sorcery and Cecelia, or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot af Patricia C. Wrede (Pagemistress)
  6. 41
    Scholarly Magics af Caroline Stevermer (nessreader)
    nessreader: College of Magics is a swashbuckling coming of age novel about a Ruritanian princess (who has a perfectly proper English friend, a demure witch with a passion for millinery) Jane, the English friend is the lead in the sequel, Scholar of Magics, which is a closer match for To Say Nothing.. Edwardiana, cream teas, and magic, in books told with a deft wit: that describes both To Say Nothing and Scholar of Magics.… (mere)
  7. 20
    The Anubis Gates af Tim Powers (Kichererbse)
  8. 64
    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell af Susanna Clarke (hiredman)
  9. 20
    Farthing af Jo Walton (sturlington)
    sturlington: Both mashups of classic British mysteries and science fiction.
  10. 21
    Love Among the Chickens af P. G. Wodehouse (gaialover)
  11. 11
    Job: A Comedy of Justice af Robert A. Heinlein (Kichererbse)
  12. 11
    Corrupting Dr. Nice af John Kessel (nessreader)
    nessreader: Both have a flavour of screwball comedy romance and wilful anachronisms abound while the unromantic lovers sort themselves out. Corrupting Dr Nice reminded me a lot of Preston Sturges' film, The Lady Eve.
  13. 11
    What Ho, Automaton! af Chris Dolley (Keeline)
    Keeline: Also a light Victorian mystery/romance with a Wodehouse feel
  14. 00
    My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time af Liz Jensen (isabelx)
    isabelx: Both are very funny time travel stories.
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This book isn't as powerful as "Doomsday Book," Willis' other book involving time travel, but her plotting and research are just as meticulous. In short, the book to me seemed a cross between a serious SF time travel story and a P.G. Wodehouse comedy, with some Agatha Christie thrown in for good measure. I found the explanations of time travel conundrums occasionally confusing, and I think at times they get in the way of a really enjoyable story. Otherwise, a good read. ( )
  rchoerter | Feb 21, 2024 |
I wish I had read [b:Three Men in a Boat|4921|Three Men in a Boat (Penguin Popular Classics)|Jerome K. Jerome|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1165515911s/4921.jpg|4476508] first. It would have added more layers to this to enjoy. I very much liked the fish-out-of-water quality of the main character being thrust into mid-Victorian society. The mystery driving the plot was almost more of a distraction; I didn't care much about it. But overall, it was still a pleasant read. ( )
  Treebeard_404 | Jan 23, 2024 |
Quick Word: Highly bewildering, and although great fun at times, the chaotic mess never tied up as neatly as I would've liked. However Willis has a beauty to her storys - and a historical hillarity- that makes everything worthwile. And such beautiful characterization. Perhaps I will enjoy it better after a re-read. ( )
  TashaBookStuff | Jan 13, 2024 |
Book club pick ☺

I have always been fond of Three Men in a Boat. It is incredibly nice to come back to To Say Nothing of the Dog, which is basically a love letter to Jerome K. Jerome, an idealised image of Victorian England, Victorian fiction, and Golden Age mystery novels. The author turns all of the above on its head and creates a delightful time travel romp. The stakes are high, too – it’s the whole space-time continuum, no less ;)

There is something to chuckle, laugh, or smile at on every page.

“ ’What on earth were you doing in the water?’
‘Drowning’, said professor Peddick.”


I loved the effects of time-lag (it happens when you do too much time travelling), which include attacks of maudlin sentimentality. Then you say stuff like “It’s no wonder they call you man’s best friend. Faithful and loyal and true, you share in our sorrows and rejoice in our triumphs…” ets etc. Lovely.

There are lots of misunderstandings and people talking at each other rather than to each other, because their brains went on a holiday. Really, I wouldn’t trust any of these characters with ordering a coffee for me, let alone time travel. But it also means that you are wonderfully entertained all the way through.

Things come together very satisfyingly by the end. Don’t look too closely, though, because time travel books rarely make sense. Just go with the flow, dear reader. Enjoy the flow of the Thames... :)))
( )
  Alexandra_book_life | Dec 15, 2023 |
3.75 stars

This is a surprisingly funny time-travel mystery. Willis's humor is the dry, British sort. Her books are detailed, and long, but worth it.

I was disappointed to see profanity, including God's name used in vain, though, and was also frustrated that Willis spoils classic books I haven't yet read (by Dorothy Sayers and Wilkie Collins). Why authors think this is acceptable is beyond my comprehension. ( )
  RachelRachelRachel | Nov 21, 2023 |
Viser 1-5 af 284 (næste | vis alle)
To Say Nothing of the Dog is charming. It’s funny and gentle and it has Victorian England and severely time lagged time travelers from the near future freaking out over Victorian England, it’s full of jumble sales and beautiful cathedrals and kittens. This is a complicated funny story about resolving a time paradox, and at the end when all is revealed everything fits together like oiled clockwork. But what makes it worth reading is that it is about history and time and the way they relate to each other. If it’s possible to have a huge effect on the past by doing some tiny thing, it stands to reason that we have a huge effect on the future every time we do anything.
tilføjet af Shortride | RedigerTor.com, Jo Walton (Jun 24, 2010)
 
I have read several stories by Connie Willis which I have enjoyed. However, these have all been short stories or novellas. At longer lengths, based on the three Willis novels I've read, I'm afraid I subscribe to the minority opinion that her work is vastly overrated. While I'm sure To Say Nothing of the Dog will sell well and may even garner Willis another Hugo or Nebula, it is another Willis book which adds to my opinion that she should stick with short fiction and stay away from time travel.
tilføjet af Shortride | RedigerSF Site, Steven H. Silver (Feb 15, 1998)
 
Gleeful fun with a serious edge, set forth in an almost impeccable English accent.
tilføjet af Shortride | RedigerKirkus Reviews (Oct 15, 1997)
 

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She sighed. "It's too bad. 'Placetne, magistra?' he said when he proposed, and then she said, 'Placet'. That's a fancy Oxford don way of saying yes. I had to look it up. I hate it when people use Latin and don't tell you what they mean.
It was actually more of a swoon than a faint. She slumped sedately to the flowered carpet, managing to avoid hitting any of the furniture--no small feat since the room contained a large round rosewood table, a small triangular table with a tintype album on it, a mahogany table with a bouquet of wax flowers under a glass dome on it, a horsehair sofa, a damask loveseat, a Windsor chair, a Morris chair, a Chesterfield chair, several ottomans, a writing desk, a bookcase, a knick-knack cabinet, a whatnot, a firescreen, a harp, an aspidistra, and an elephant's foot.
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A Grand Design we couldn't see because we were part of it. A Grand Design we only got occasional, fleeting glimpses of. A Grand Design involving the entire course of history and all of time and space that, for some unfathomable reason, chose to work out its designs with cats and croquet mallets and penwipers, to say nothing of the dog. And a hideous piece of Victorian artwork. And us.

"History is character," Professor Peddick had said. And character had certainly played a part in the self-correction--Lizzie Bittner's devotion to her husband and the Colonel's refusal to wear a coat in rainy weather, Verity's fondness for cats and Princess Arjumand's fondness for fish and Hitler's temper and Mrs. Mering's gullibility. And my time-laggedness. If they were all part of the self-correction, what did that do to the notion of free will? Or was free will part of the plan as well?

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Ned Henry is badly in need of a rest. He's been shuttling between the 21st century and the 1940s searching for a Victorian atrocity called the bishop's bird stump. It's part of a project to restore the famed Coventry Cathedral, destroyed in a Nazi air raid over a hundred years earlier. But then Verity Kindle, a fellow time traveler, inadvertently brings back something from the past. Now Ned must jump back to the Victorian era to help Verity put things right--not only to save the project but to prevent altering history itself.

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