Shelf Control #54: To Say Nothing of the Dog

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Welcome to the newest weekly feature here at Bookshelf Fantasies… Shelf Control!

Shelf Control is all about the books we want to read — and already own! Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available, and in most cases, sitting right there on our shelves and e-readers.

Want to join in? See the guidelines and linky at the bottom of the post, and jump on board! Let’s take control of our shelves!

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My Shelf Control pick this week is:

to-say-nothingTitle: To Say Nothing of the Dog
Author: Connie Willis
Published: 1998
Length: 493 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

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.

 

How I got it:

I bought it.

When I got it:

About five years ago, after reading about another Connie Willis book that also had to do with time travel.

Why I want to read it:

I always love a good time travel story, and Connie Willis’s books (the Oxford time travel series) are considered modern sci-fi classics. Plus, that title! The title alone makes me want to read this book, just because it’s so much fun to say. I’d more or less forgotten that I have copies of the Oxford books, but now I’m reading the author’s newest book (Crosstalk), and I’m realizing that I should finally make time for some of her older works too.

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Want to participate in Shelf Control? Here’s how:

  • Write a blog post about a book that you own that you haven’t read yet.
  • Add your link below!
  • And if you’d be so kind, I’d appreciate a link back from your own post.
  • Check out other posts, and have fun!

For more on why I’ve started Shelf Control, check out my introductory post here, or read all about my out-of-control book inventory, here.

And if you’d like to post a Shelf Control button on your own blog, here’s an image to download (with my gratitude, of course!):

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