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Doomsday Book (SFBC 50th Anniversary Collection, 37)
Doomsday Book - SFBC 50th Anniversary Collection, 37
Author: Connie Willis
In the year 2054, students research the past by living in it. So when Kivrin Engle, a history student at Oxford, enters Brasenose College's time machine for transport back to 1320s England, no one anticipates any problems. — But her two-week project takes a frightening turn. A mutant virus has been spreading through Oxford, and Kivrin arrives in ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780739487136
ISBN-10: 0739487132
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Publisher: SFBC
Book Type: Hardcover
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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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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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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'm not a big sci-fi fan, but I really enjoyed this book. Very interesting historically. I enjoy re-reading it.

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