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Doomsday Book
Doomsday Book
Author: Connie Willis
Journeying back in time to the year 1320, twenty-first-century Oxford woman Kivrin arrives in the past during the outbreak of a deadly epidemic.
ISBN-13: 9781439557624
ISBN-10: 1439557624
Publication Date: 10/4/2008
Edition: Reprint
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

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Book Type: Library Binding
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Helpful Score: 12
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: 6
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: 3
The story's okay, but a bit of a slow read.
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Helpful Score: 3
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
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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