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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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Newly converted, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Newly converted)
This premise of this book is outstanding, the writing outstanding, and the heart and pathos top notch. I'm grateful to have experienced her skill as a storyteller, and look forward to reading the rest of her books. While unfortunately classified as sci-fi, this book is for anyone interested in historical fiction as well. Please look past the narrow ideas you may have for sci-fi or fantasy and give this book a read!
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MSRenfrow, August 7, 2010 (view all comments by MSRenfrow)
I read this book years ago. I had gotten to the point where I remembered that I had hated the book, but a lot of my friends had just read it for a book club and were raving, so I decided to purchase a copy and remind myself why I hated it.

Well, I remember now. The book drove me mad because everyone involved in the time travel aspect were absolutely dumber than a bag of rocks. The only logical explanation I can come up with for this lack of brains amongst people who are supposed to be well-educated is that the virus made them stupid.

The only character I have any sympathy for at all is Colin. Not because he isn't stupid, because he is, but he's a teenager with that invincibility complex that grown adults are supposed to have gotten over.

The plot is well written and only drags in a few places. The pace is quick, which means you sometimes are subjected to point of view whiplash. It's a solid novel, if you like reading about complete idiots suffering because of the completely idiotic things they brought upon themselves through their moronic actions.
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Willis, Connie
Spectra Books
Willis, Connie, (Ed)
New York :
Science Fiction - General
Science fiction
Middle ages
Time travel
Black death
Europe History 476-1492 Fiction.
Science / General
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
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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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