I am someone who loves books and reading. I forced myself to read this one all the way to the end, only because I am determined to give a book a chance. This book was one of the most tedious books I've read in I don't know how long, and that includes my postgrad textbooks! Ms. Willis could easily have tossed about half of this book out and still had a decent plot; how do you spell VERBOSE? Several of the "conversations" were just little rabbit trails that led nowhere plot-wise and could so easily have been eliminated. Another thing that began to get on my last nerve was her constant use of the word "confabulate". If I never hear that word again in this lifetime, it will not be soon enough! My advice: don't waste your valuable point on this book. If you think you must read it, check it out of the library.
This is still another book read recently that sorely needed editing. Does a reader really need repeated tedious references to the intricacies of the hospital's corridors? I got the idea after the initial explanation.
Whenever I'm hit over the head with repeated narrative, I always feel as though this is done simply to pad the text. Are they paid by the word?
I have almost always enjoyed Connie Willis' work. She has interesting concepts and fleshed-out characters. This, unfortunately, cannot be on my recommended list.
I wish that I had read more of these book reviews before starting Passage! To describe this novel as tedious is generous. It was probably 300 pages longer than necessary. The characters were not well developed, particularly the male lead, Richard. I think that pretty much the only thing that he contributed to the novel was staring at brain scans. My brain started to flatline the further I kept reading. The idea of a novel based around near death experiences is fascinating; unfortunately, Passage does not deliver.
I couldn't put this book down! It was eerie, and a little scary and uncomfortable--after all, most people don't want to contemplate death in clinical detail--but also, somehow, it was hopeful, upbeat, and touching. The characters were genuine, and the wordiness that some readers disliked made the story more real to me, as though I was living through the events with the characters. For me, Connie Willis can miss (To Say Nothing of the Dog), or hit the mark (The Doomsday Book), and Passage was another hit.
This one is a bit different from Willis's time travel books. But still exceptional writing, compelling characters (the absent-minded doctor is perfectly developed). And the use of the Titanic as her metaphor for life and death is brilliant. She has pretty much run the gamut now, from farce (Bellweather)to action (To Say Nothing of the Dog) to tragedy (Passage and Lincoln's Dreams). If you haven't read her book Remake yet, get it and read it -- she uses comedy to tell us what the golden age of Hollywood was really like.