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Thursday, June 16, 2016

#26 - Bellwether - Connie Willis

Title:  Bellwether
Author:  Connie Willis
Read by:  Kate Reading 
Genre:  Fiction
Rating:  B
Published:  1996
Dates:   6/3/16 - 6/16/16
Cds/Hrs: 5/6.5

Read a Whidbey Book is a category in the 16 in 16 challenge.  I listened to a previous Whidbey book.  For time’s sake I’m just going to copy the review on the back of the case.  Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the Hi-Tek Corporation.  Bennett O’Reilly woks with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company.  When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep.  But a series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions – with the unintended help of the errant, forgetful, and careless office assistant Flip.

I must say I liked this book.  Sandra keeps looking for the reason fads begin.  And begins each chapter with a fad from the past and the dates it was fashionable – from the Ouija board (1966-67) to Rubic’s Cube (1961) and even further back to why girls cut their hair short in the 1920s.  I love the joint venture about the sheep who really are the ones who have a bellwether as a leader.  And, of course, it’s a love story.  And as usual I’m curious to read more works by this notable sci-fi writer.

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