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Subject: Doomsday Book ....
Date Posted: 4/28/2008 9:02 AM ET
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On the recommendations of so many of you whose opinion I truly respect, I ordered this book and put at the top of my Mount TBR.  Eagerly, I began it.

Uh-oh.  It's English, as in Britain.  I have a serious problem reading or even watching British.  I hate it.  But I kept going, because actually, except for a bunch of "right, then"'s, it isn't overpowering in being British.

However, I am finding it very typically (FOR ME) boring.  I find most things British boring.  (But oh, I did love Monty Python!)

I considered since you all loved the book so much, it could have been my mood, and so I plowed on.  Good grief, if they repeat the same stuff one more time I will scream.  OOps, there they go again.  Something is wrong he said...is it the fix...could it have been...?  Over and over they keep discussing the same things, there in the future, and then, I'm finding even back in the 1300's...nothing is happening.  She has a headache, she walks out of the woods and looks around, back into the woods, her headache is worse.  Even when she is rescued and thinking she is being burned at the stake, I am bored to death.  Nothing is happening!

Yes, there was some tension for sure, but it never lead to anything much at all.  Dunworthy sat at that fellow's bedside all night, and so did we it seemed, but nothing happened.  Other than to find that maybe, all that tension we were feeling about the fix or the drop, was unnecessary after all.

I made it to the 120's, which is a bit less of a quarter of the book.  I normally would never have gone even this far, if not for the great comments you've made about this book. 

Anyone else feel this way?  Is there anyone out there, nod if you can hear me, is there anyone at all...



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Date Posted: 4/28/2008 6:49 PM ET
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No, I really liked this book.

Date Posted: 4/28/2008 8:09 PM ET
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Oh, Bonnie...you KNOW I loved this book.  Don't make yourself miserable...maybe it just isn't for you.  It happens.

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 8:00 AM ET
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Well, I'm trying.  Read about another 50 pages and it did get a bit better.  Yet, I find myself rather than in the story, editting it as I read.  Let's see, on this page alone they refer to her headache 4 times, and since 1 minute has passed we can get rid of 3 references. 

How can I not like something that you, Vicky, liked so much.  Oh sure, I know different tastes, but we like so much of the same!  And I so like time travel and the great ideas are there.  I will try one more time...

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 3:39 PM ET
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I liked the book, too. Don't give up on Connie Willis, though. I thought To Say Nothing of the Dog was even better than the one you're reading. ... and I don't particularly care for the Brits, either.

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 5:04 PM ET
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Leigh, thank you.  I am a sucker for a recommendation, even though I know now she is British, and it helps that you don't care for them either.  I will look in to the Dog, and post back if I get it.

Even though I posted Doomsday back into the system and it was accepted, the label is printed, I just read a few more pages.  And you know, these new pages repeat the repetitions of the last pages.  Didn't anyone notice this? 

It reminds me sorely of that awful:

Pete and Repeat were in a boat

Pete fell out

Who was left

Ad infinitum...

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 10:09 PM ET
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She's not British.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connie_Willis

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 10:40 PM ET
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For those of you who'd like to try Connie Willis without committing to a jumbo book, I'd highly recommend her book Bellwether.  It's a quick read and I really enjoyed it!

No, she's not British, she's just great at using her research! 

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 4/30/2008 8:55 PM ET
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I read it a while ago and don't remember it being a dog - just...different.  Hummm....

Maybe I am thinking of a different book (?)

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 10:32 PM ET
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I've never heard of it or of the author.

Date Posted: 5/4/2008 12:36 AM ET
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I loved this book.  It is long, and it is detailed, but I thought it was one of the best stories I've read in a long time.  It was also painfully sad to read after a certain point, but I really enjoyed it, and it is on my "books to be stranded on a desert island with" list.  Sounds like you just didn't find her "voice" compelling in this case.  It happens. 

Date Posted: 5/4/2008 9:15 AM ET
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Bonnie, maybe it was the British thing, or maybe (as Ann suggested) you didn't find her voice compelling...it seems people really love it or hate it.  Perhaps you would enjoy some of her short stories, some of which are not "British".  But that's what makes us an intersting group!  (We are NOT sheep, thank goodness!!)

Carol, Connie Willis has won numerous Hugo and Nebula awards. In my opinion, she's a fantastic writer.  If you like SF, or time travel, check it out.  I bet Bonnie has a copy on her shelf.  ;-P

Ann, I would take Doomsday to a desert island in a heartbeat!  The first time I read it, I was stuck at home on New Year's Eve with a horribly sick husband.  All he wanted to do was lie in bed and try not to projectile.  So I rang in the New Year reading Doomsday, cover to cover.  It stands out in my mind because it was such a good story, but also because I can count on one hand the times I've been able to read an entire book in one sitting since reaching adulthood!! <grin>

 

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 2:44 PM ET
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I have a friend who gave me a heads up that I'd love this book. I've not read it yet, but I'm moving up the WL.

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 10:24 AM ET
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I got this one on audio book years ago and loved it. Then I bought the paperback a couple years later and couldn't make myself read past the first 50 pages or so. Slow goings turned into no goings with a quickness.

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 10:41 AM ET
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Wow, Jason.  Thank you for Slow goings turned into no goings with a quickness.  I never question or mock another's taste in media.  We are all different, and alike.  That is good.  But it seemed I was the only one who thought this book needed a serious editting.  Idea after idea repeated and repeated and repeated, and for maybe 170 pages almost NOTHING happened. 

And, being the audio lover that I am, and one who is always willing to try something again (except for escargot!), I just might look into getting this ABRIDGED in audio.



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L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 5/10/2008 3:02 PM ET
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Bonnie, I'll have to whip it out and read it again.  You and I hardly ever disagree, so I am wondering if I read a different book.

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 4:44 PM ET
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Go for it, Lyn.  I would really love to hear your opinion.

Then again, it just could be me.  I started another book two nights ago by one of my favorite authors, and I am struggling through it.  I don't think I am going to finish that one, either.  It's a Lorna Landvik.

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 11:19 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/11/2008 9:56 AM ET
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Vicky??

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 10:45 AM ET
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LOL..God, don't ask.  It was late, I was exhausted and knew I shouldn't be writing anything...and instead of hitting "Back to top" I hit "submit reply."

I'll be back after refilling my caffeine IV....

Date Posted: 5/16/2008 10:45 AM ET
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Just wanted to chime in say that while I loved Doomsday Book, as well as Passage, I can also completely understand why they would not be enjoyable to some.  Willis' pacing can be very slow and is most definitely repetitive.