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For Kivrin, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity's history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman traveling alone. For her instructors in the twenty-first century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received.

But a crisis strangely linking past and future strands Kivrin in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her. In a time of superstition and fear, Kivrin — barely of age herself — finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope during one of history's darkest hours.

Five years in the writing by one of science fiction's most honored authors, Doomsday Book is a storytelling triumph. Connie Willis draws upon her understanding of the universalities of human nature to explore the ageless issues of evil, suffering and the indomitable will of the human spirit.

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"A stunning novel that encompasses both suffering and hope....The best work yet from one of science fiction's best writers." The Denver Post

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"Splendid work...brutal, gripping and genuinely harrowing, the product of diligent research, fine writing and well-honed instincts, that should appeal far beyond the normal science-fiction constituency." Kirkus Reviews

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"The world of 1348 burns in the mind's eye, and every character alive that year is a fully recognized being....It becomes possible to feel...that Connie Willis did, in fact, over the five years Doomsday Book took her to write, open a window to another world, and that she saw something there." The Washington Post Book World

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Connie Willis has won six Nebula Awards, more than any other writer, and was the first author to win the Nebula in all four categories.

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Ann E Haynes, November 14, 2013 (view all comments by Ann E Haynes)
Yes, I read this book years ago and it has remained one of my all time favorites, and have re-read it several times. Willis makes these people real, and I just love how she makes her (meticulous) research resonate when real people who are living the facts of that time.
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equivalence, November 13, 2013 (view all comments by equivalence)
Perhaps the best "artistic" way into 14th Century England's winter countryside and its beauty and horror. The young heroine's twisting adventures in a medieval "Wonderland" are interspersed with an older hero's somewhat similar adventures in 2048 Oxford. The first 100 or so pages in this long book are a little puzzling but one soon notes that the book's characters are just as confused as you are as mysteries accumulate. Stay in there for "the ride of a lifetime".
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Margaret McNally, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Margaret McNally)
I love this book! If you can overlook the technical difficulties (ie, no cell phones/voicemail in the 25th century), you can get your sci fi and history in one dose.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553562736
Author:
Willis, Connie
Publisher:
Spectra Books
Author:
Willis, Connie, (Ed)
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Middle ages
Subject:
Time travel
Subject:
Black death
Subject:
Europe History 476-1492 Fiction.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
68-254
Publication Date:
19930831
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
7.00x4.32x1.28 in. .60 lbs.

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Product details 592 pages Spectra Books - English 9780553562736 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A stunning novel that encompasses both suffering and hope....The best work yet from one of science fiction's best writers."
"Review" by , "Splendid work...brutal, gripping and genuinely harrowing, the product of diligent research, fine writing and well-honed instincts, that should appeal far beyond the normal science-fiction constituency."
"Review" by , "The world of 1348 burns in the mind's eye, and every character alive that year is a fully recognized being....It becomes possible to feel...that Connie Willis did, in fact, over the five years Doomsday Book took her to write, open a window to another world, and that she saw something there."
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