Ahh, I know this happens in science fiction! ", my heart just doesn't know how to justify giving 4-stars to something related to the most sentimental and, dare I say it, twee holidays of the year. I'm getting into the holiday spirit and thought I'd read this thematic collection. "Inn" is the single best use of the biblical nativity story in relation to modern life, but all of these stories capture some aspect of the spirit of goodwill and generosity toward other people that Dickens was on to. Connie Willis is so talented and so good at crafting interesting, surprising situations and complex, lifelike characters. I do reread it every year but mostly out of reading habits at Christmas. I’m not a big fan of sci-fi so people who are fans of that genre will appreciate this book more than I did, I’m sure. Connie Willis was like my crack. I admit that I found this book in the sci-fi section, but I honestly think it transcends that. Some of them were really fantastic, and it's great to read humorous award-winning science fiction, because it's so rare! My first Christmas read of the season wasn't a success, but this one really hit the spot. I "honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year," but this book, and each story, are. Students may jest about the benefits of learning by osmosis, but the side effects are painful to say the least. I've criticized the last two Oxford time travel books (Blackout/All Clear) for their excessive bloat and repetitiveness, and it was nice to revisit this original story in that world which nails the length. [Connie Willis] -- A fan's collectible anthology by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductee contains each of the author's ten Nebula Award- and Hugo Award-winning tales. I didn't understand the message of "The Winds of Marble Arch". A Guide for Connie’s Holiday Stories Hi, everybody! This said, she does a real nice job reading her stories. I have to admit to a bit of trepidation, but this was actually a pretty good collection. Connie Willis is a writer of ideas. Connie Willis was born in Denver, CO. She earned a BA in English and elementary education from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, in 1967, and taught elementary and junior high school from 1967–1981. She’s also a little too friendly for my tastes, but then I’m a miserable person. Three words: cerebral paper cut. Dire straits abound in these riveting recs from the Crosstalk author. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published See 1 question about Miracle and Other Christmas Stories…, ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans), Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, Good Minds Suggest: Connie Willis's Favorite "In Over Their Heads" Books. Of the eight Christmas stories in this collection, I enjoyed "Inn" the most, a reworking of the nativity where a choral singer helps a homeless couple expecting a baby who have lost their way. Not many people are keen on the idea of a book automatically grafting itself to their consciousness. I was interested in hearing how Connie Willis is narrating her own stories. A couple of the stories, the ominous story and the preacher road trip, ultimately fell flat for me, but for different reasons. Willis's stories are timeless in the sense that the humor is often grounded in universal human behavior and personality types that we all know. History hath triumphed over time, which besides it nothing but eternity hath triumphed over. ", my heart just doesn't know how to justify giving 4-stars to something related to the most sentimental and, dare I say it, twee holidays of the year. (Such irony!) I enjoyed it the first time I read it last year, and even more so this time, knowing full well from the beginning about Mencken. Time is the Fire is a collection of 10 Hugo and Nebula award-winning stories by Willis, ranging from short stories to novellas. I also enjoyed "In Coppelius Toyshop" which turned into a horror story where a self-centred man gets lost forever in a toyshop. So, I finished this a couple of days ago. Connie Willis has won six Nebula Awards (more than any other science fiction writer), six Hugo Awards, and for her first novel, Lincoln's Dreams, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.Her novel Doomsday Book won both the Nebula and Hugo Awards, and her first short-story collection, Fire Watch, was a New York Times Notable Book. Technology and science are background elements. She has a few other works that I really like. October 31st 2000 This is a collection of 8 Christmas-themed stories. The first novel of this series is titled as ‘Doomsday Book’. A must for anyone looking for a good Christmas story. Willis hasn't made many accurate predictions about future technology, especially about future communications technology! And of course it wasn't there yet. I often have a tough time with short stories (because they need to be really good for me to enjoy a collection). Published on October 10, 2017, A Lot Like Christmas is an "Expanded, Updated Edition of Connie Willis' Beloved Miracle and Other Christmas Stories" For more details and a table of contents, visit this entry on the conniewillis.net blog. If I don't love it like Bellwether or become emotionally compromised like Doomsday Book, I'm disappointed. Mostly, it's because while the writing was good, and the some of the stories were excellent, it was still a book about Christmas. Check. Connie Willis offers readers an early holiday gift with this wonderful short story collection. The Invasion of the Body Snatchers story was a very close second. Working name of US teacher and author Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis (1945- ). It's about paranoia and post-nuclear explosion life. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Yep. The ending had a lovely magical fee to it. An eclectic mix of short stories revolving around the theme of Christmas with the title story being the best of the lot. These are really nice stories, full of the spirit of this time of the year, whether they involve an unsolved mystery or possible alien invasion. The final story "Epiphany" was also somewhat long and felt a bit forced to me. But somehow this author manages to do it. Then I thought about it more, and realized my expectations for Connie Willis are impossibly high. It may well be that no human possesses as much humanity as Willis. Her internal mechanisms work really well—sometimes too well, bluntly, with the jokes too clearly telegraphed, and the plot getting. It's funny because it's so, so true. Connie has won numerous Hugo Awards and Nebula Awards, has been inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and also is a SFWA Grand Master. They are "soft sci fi" and focus tightly on individuals. Her internal mechanisms work really well—sometimes too well, bluntly, with the jokes too clearly telegraphed, and the plot getting wrapped up too neatly. September 20 - Of course the first thing I looked for was the fire watch stone. In this book of short stories, Connie Willis does what she does so well and takes a well known story and reinvents it in her own style. When I saw that a book of her short stories was coming out, I immediately snatched it up. It doesn't help that "Epiphany," my least favorite, is the last one in the collection and therefore the one that made the final impression on me. After each story is an afterword written by Connie Willis about the story. Where do I even begin! Are you familiar with the work of Connie Willis?If you have been wondering where to get started with her massive backlist of short stories. Published July 9th 2013 by Del Rey (first published 1993. Check. So overall a bit of a mixed bag but worth reading for the good bits. Do not miss this collection. I was impressed at the writing, because like I mentioned before, Willis is great at vividly sketching in a world and its rules, and the frustrations. Willis is well-known for her humor and "comedy of manners" plots, which usually involve characters runni. We’d love your help. Connie Willis is a writer of ideas. You know, those things academics write that are total made-up BS and clearly a desperate attempt to publish something (anything!). Home Groups Talk More Zeitgeist. [ He should have just taken the kid to the basketball game. Everyone would have a good time, [at least enough to figure out what the ending would have been, It's been seventeen years since I last read this story collection (the year it came out, actually), and this time, I figured out why I've never come back to it: despite my enjoyment of most of the stories, there were enough of them I didn't love that it left me feeling rather meh about the whole thing. Originally I was kind of disappointed and meh about this (despite loving the introduction). Sometimes that popularity gets judged by book sales; sometimes—as in the case of many short story writers—the popularity gets judged by awards and award nominations. This book has a lot of magical realism/speculative fiction in it which I enjoy. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Unsolicited space travel? This is one I even have a signed copy of. Instead, she takes the convential stories and gives them her own unique twist making them entertaining and magical at the same time. " Fire Watch " is a science fiction novelette by American writer Connie Willis. Connie Willis' short-story ``Schwarzschild Radius'' is based on events in the life of Karl Schwarzschild, who gave the first exact solutions to the equations of general relativity. I usually dislike short story collections because they seem to be all depressing and incomplete. Since it wasn't expensive I gave it a try. Connie Willis (US, born 1945) Homepage; ISFDB Bibliography; Wikipedia Entry; Winner of 11 Hugos (and nominated for 13 more). "Newsletter" where people seem to be infected with niceness rather than Christmas grumpiness was amusing and I enjoyed the 'Ghost of Christmas Present' (as in gift), whose role is to give people what they really want, in "Miracle", although I found the story rather long. This is the one Christmas book I read every year, unfailingly. She is one of the most honored science fiction writers of the 1980s and 1990s. Connie Willis is a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and a Grand Master of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. These short stories feel just like small, complete books. Yes, it's got some stories that deal with themes common to science-fiction and have sci-fi elements, but it's more than that. Connie Willis’ Fire Watch begins her Oxford Time Travel series by focusing on a time traveling historian who visits St. Paul’s Cathedral during the Blitz after a computer error changes his assignment from visiting St. Paul to visiting the cathedral named after him. After I move into a world, I want to stay there, settle down, and get to know the neighbors. Of the eight Christmas stories in this collection, I enjoyed "Inn" the most, a reworking of the nativity where a choral singer helps a homeless couple expecting a baby who have lost their way. My yearly tradition is to start around Thanksgiving with the introduction - just as wonderful as the stories - and work my way through slowly. The winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards, Connie Willis captures the timeless essence of generosity and goodwill in this magical collection if Christmas stories.  These eight tales — two of which have never before been published — boldly reimagine the stories of Christmas while celebrating the power of love and compassion.  This enchanting treasury includes: To see what your friends thought of this book, Mm, hard to tell. by Connie Willis. But like I said, lack of communication can irk me. Get this from a library! Over 2000 years of Christmas story retellings makes it truly hard to be original! Connie Willis, an sf Grand Master, has received (I believe) seven Nebulas and eleven Hugos for her fiction. Some disappointments: "The Winds of Marble Arch" and "The Last of the Winnebagos" did not live up to my expectations at all. Very long books. It’s part of Connie Willis’ marvelous short story collection, Impossible Things. It's a total hilarious parody of excessively detailed, over-analyzed, and misinterpretive academic essays on really flawed esoteric opinions. And for some reason, while my head says "but there were so many great stories! On trial for murder? I like series of very long books. Students may jest about the ben. Even after reading Jack. Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis is an American science fiction writer. Refresh and try again. The ominous story felt unfleshed out, as if Ms Willis had an idea but was uncertain what to do with it and the preacher road trip had me until the last paragraph when the story just ended, no conclusion, no payoff, it just stopped. Time is the Fire is a collection of 10 Hugo and Nebula award-winning stories by Willis, ranging from short stories to novellas. This is one of the best Willis stories I've read and the one I'd recommend people pick up first, as it's a standalone. This collection was fine, but not overly exciting - there was one story I really enjoyed (Newsletter) but the others did not make me overly invested in them, so three stars it is. On trial for murder? I hate to sound like an advertisement, but this would make a great gift for anyone who loves science fiction. Christmas is bearing down on us, and because you all have so much time to read during the holidays, Lee thought you might like a list of my Christmas short stories. ‘The Best Of Connie Willis’ is a collection of award-winning short stories by Connie Willis. Even the Queen: And Other Short Stories (1998) – sound recording of five stories read by Connie Willis including "Even the Queen", "Death on the Nile", and "At the Rialto" Willis, Connie (1999). Possibly it's that the religious beliefs of the ma. She is not what you would call a speedy author. Connie Willis is an American author of science fiction stories and novels. My favorite is "Newsletter.". 5 stars this reading, so see the above as 4 1/2 stars. There's this magnificent shift in the story, in which you realize you've gotten the setting completely wrong, because you assume at the beginning... and it's written cleverly enough that nothing contradicts your assumption, but when you go back and reread the opening paragraphs, you see exactly what you missed the first time. What it says on the tin, plus a couple of rather good award acceptance speeches. This new collection of stories from the multi-award-winning author of Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog contains: Before I became a romance reader, I was addicted to sci-fi. This book was recommended to me by T. I was a bit worried about trying it because I haven't been very fond of fantasy lately. I just wanted to read something by Connie Willis for reasons that a couple of my Goodreads friends will understand. I "honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year," but this book, and each story, are nuggets of purest Christmas, buoying my spirit and filling my heart, again and again. In longer novel form, I think this is a good thing; I enjoyed Blackout/All Clear quite a bit. Praise for The Best of Connie Willis “Filled with warmth and sadness, great drama, witty dialogue, characters you will care about and moments that you will remember for a long time.”—SFF World “If anyone can be named ‘best science fiction writer of the age,’ it’s Connie Willis, and these stories … It contains 10 of Willis' short stories, most of which have been previously-printed in numerous venues. And for some reason, while my head says "but there were so many great stories! Her books are complex using science fiction time travel to fact check she takes us back to times we could only imagine and then see firsthand through the eyes of the time traveler how difficult it can be to only observe never change the outcome. Mostly, it's because while the writing was good, and the some of the stories were excellent, it was still a book about Christmas. I did really like Death on the Nile, though, and the one about there being no more dogs. It was fantastic and funny and made me want to read more scathing, pithy, and hilarious commentary by Mencken. I had a moment of pure happiness when I realized that it was the holiday season, and that meant I got to read this book again. Yes, it's got some stories that deal with themes common to science-fiction and have sci-fi elements, but it's more than that. It also imagines a zombie Emily Dickinson fighting an alien invasion!! It was on sale for $1.99 in early December 2016 a great value. In longer novel form, I think this is a good thing; I enjoyed Blackout/All Clear quite a bit. Not many people are keen on the idea of a book automatically grafting itself to their consciousness. I just finished my annual reread of Connie Willis' Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. My yearly tradition is to start around Thanksgiving with the introduction - just as wonderful as the stories - and work my way through slowly. (These numbers refer to awards for best novel, novella, novelette and short story only! "Inside Job" is about a man and his assistant who debunk mediums in Hollywood - and then they encounter a new medium in town who may be truly channeling the spirit of H.L. I like them all but it is not a book that I would say that I love. It’s not a secret that I’m a fan of Connie Willis’s writing. Reputed for her prose style and characters, Connie has produced several works during her writing career – be it novels, short stories or others. Thanks to the MacHalo Buddy Read for forcing me to read this! After discovering Connie Willis when her book Blackout came out I eagerly searched for her other books in vain. Connie Willis offers readers an early holiday gift with this wonderful short story collection. She is not what you would call a speedy author. This is the kind of book that is very hard to rate, for a few reasons. I also think this is a rare Willis story that doesn't rely so much on communication problems to develop plot tension, so the change is very pleasant. She is one of the most honored science fiction writers of the 1980s and 1990s. Connie Willis, author of Doomsday Book, on LibraryThing. Winner of 7 Nebulas (and nominated for 8 more). -- Sir Walter Raleigh. First, she is no professional narrator. It was released by the Bantam Spectra publishers in the year 1992. 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