Thursday, March 15, 2007


Summary of Bellwether by Connie Willis:
Pop culture, chaos theory and matters of the heart collide in this unique novella from the Hugo and Nebula winning author of Doomsday Book. Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennet O'Reilly works 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.

I've read this one several times, and I always enjoy it. Willis deftly combines truth and fiction into a book that seems ultimately plausible. She does a great job with the fad information, including tidbits before each chapter. One can't help sympathize for Sandra and her helplessness against Flip. If you are looking for a good, quick read, with an opportunity for learning thrown in, this is the book to read.

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