My Thoughts on “Bellwether”

An image of the cover of Bellwether has been in the sidebar for some time already, however, I only started reading the book last week. My thoughts so far? Slow. Very, very slow.

I’m actually struggling to continue reading, because I have no idea what the plot is about yet and my interest is started to wane. I’ve read about 60 pages and, in my opinion, should have an idea by now. In fact, if the book had been written by anyone else I would have put it aside. Connie Willis is one of my favourite authors, and it’s for this reason only that I’m pushing myself on.

I think the main problem I have with this storyline, apart from not knowing what’s happening, is that it feels like the author has used different characters in the same building she used for Passage (or vice versa; I don’t know which book was written first). I keep expecting those characters (their names escape me at the moment) to make an appearance and that’s distracting too.

I’ll press on for a couple more chapters, but if there’s still no hint of a plot (and I acknowledge that perhaps it’s just me not getting it) then I’ll have to give up on this book. Strangely, I don’t feel good with this decision. Maybe I’m reading the book at the wrong time, but I think I’ll be avoiding reading altogether if I have to continue to force myself to read the book and I don’t want that (it’s starting to happen already).

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