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Doomsday Book
Doomsday Book
Author: Connie Willis
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 r...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780553562736
ISBN-10: 0553562738
Publication Date: 8/1/1993
Pages: 592
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4.1 stars, based on 269 ratings
Publisher: Spectra
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 13
This is one of the most inventive tales of time travel I've ever read. The plot is well-researched, giving an incredibly detailed history of The Plague. In addition, it addresses the sticky issue of paradox in a satisfying way.
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Helpful Score: 7
A must read by a great author. She really studied her history for this one. I always enjoy her books, but I understand why this was a Nebula Award Winner. Dive into the 578 pages and enjoy this stunning novel. I would never part with this book, but some how I ended up with two copies.
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Helpful Score: 4
n 2048, history student Kirvin decides to do an on-site study of fourteenth century life. Now, by 2048, time travel is possible so on-site means an actual trip back to the fourteenth century. It's a dangerous time: the black plague is scheduled to occur twenty years after the year for which Kirvin is scheduled. But guess what? Something goes wrong and Kirvin finds herself smack in the middle of this terrible plague anyway. What's a girl to do?

Connie Willis spent five years studying for her novel Doomsday Book and it shows. The description of the living conditions of the time will shock the reader. Willis also won both the Hugo and Nebula awards for this book, a rare feat.

This novel is already a SF classic and a standard on many "must read" lists of SF books. I know it's one of my favorites.
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Helpful Score: 2
The story's okay, but a bit of a slow read.
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Great book! If you love England, past & present, time travel, & refreshing, witty writing, this is the book for you. I enjoyed this more than anything I'd read in a long time.
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I found this book to be a little dry. I really didn't like the UK type English spoken by the people of the futuristic side of the book. It does get better towards the end, and I found myself unable to just put it down because I wanted to know what would happen in the end. I have read better science fiction than this one, but this one is O.K.
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As a huge fan of the time travel genre, I loved this book. The descriptions of life in plague times is extraordinary. The interplay between the 1300s and the present is very intriguing. I could not put this book down!
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Connie Willis is always excellent, and this is one of the best books I have ever read. Although it has been several years since I read it, the characters still stick in my mind. A very dark book that is in the end uplifting. Try some of her others as well, esp. To Say Nothing of the Dog (a lighthearted wry read), or Passage (sort of about the Titanic).

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