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Doomsday Book By Connie Willis Doomsday Book 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
  • Title: Doomsday Book
  • Author: Connie Willis
  • ISBN: 9780553081312
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Doomsday Book By 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 rendezvous location where KivrinFor 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 rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received.But a crisis strangely linking past and future strands Kivrin in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her In a time of superstition and fear, Kivrin barely of age herself finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope during one of history s darkest hours.Five years in the writing by one of science fiction s most honored authors, Doomsday Book is a storytelling triumph Connie Willis draws upon her understanding of the universalities of human nature to explore the ageless issues of evil, suffering and the indomitable will of the human spirit.
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    1. Connie Willis

      Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis is an American science fiction writer She is one of the most honored science fiction writers of the 1980s and 1990s.She has won, among other awards, ten Hugo Awards and six Nebula Awards Willis most recently won a Hugo Award for All Seated on the Ground August 2008 She was the 2011 recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America SFWA.She lives in Greeley, Colorado with her husband Courtney Willis, a professor of physics at the University of Northern Colorado She also has one daughter, Cordelia.Willis is known for her accessible prose and likable characters She has written several pieces involving time travel by history students and faculty of the future University of Oxford These pieces include her Hugo Award winning novels Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog and the short story Fire Watch, found in the short story collection of the same name.Willis tends to the comedy of manners style of writing Her protagonists are typically beset by single minded people pursuing illogical agendas, such as attempting to organize a bell ringing session in the middle of a deadly epidemic Doomsday Book , or frustrating efforts to analyze near death experiences by putting words in the mouths of interviewees Passage.

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    1. Somehow, by the year 2053, we ll have invented time travel but lost the use of cell phone technology You d think that was a pretty good trade off, right Well, if you ve read a few of Connie Willis future historian time travel books, you know that we re probably better off as we are, because without cell phones, it seems humanity would spend most of its days in fevered attempts to place calls by landline video phone, narrowly missing one another, encountering busy circuits, unable to locate anyon [...]


    2. The Middle Ages are a shady back alley of history They are a juvenile delinquent to which all the proper historical eras give the proverbial side eye Life expectancy in 1300 was thirty eight years, he had told her when she first said she wanted to go to the Middle Ages, and you only lived that long if you survived cholera and smallpox and blood poisoning, and if you didn t eat rotten meat or drink polluted water or get trampled by a horse Or get burned at the stake for witchcraft And yet, despit [...]


    3. What I find most objectionable about this book is its apparent lack of editing Half the novel consists of people panicking over the phone about other phone conversations other people have had about people getting on and off trains who are the children of WHO CARES Willis has no sense of perspective, no skill for inventing the suggestive detail consequently, this novel is a monument to the gods of boredom This on top of the implausible premise that if time travel were available as a technology, h [...]


    4. and what exactly was the point of this nearly 600 page novel that people can be incredibly annoying and repetitious that the Black Death kills i can t believe i wasted so many hours reading this flabby, irritating nonsense i could have been spending time with friends or exercising or taking naps or reading another book the entire thing is a monument to wasted time my time and the characters time and the 5 years of time it took to write this extravagantly dreary ode to pointlessnessal review to c [...]


    5. Christmas 2010 I realised that I had got stuck in a rut I was re reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works Something had to be done.On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci Fi award That s 35 books, 6 of which I d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a fat [...]


    6. A quote from courageous young Kivrin, the medievalist who travels back in time where she lives among villagers in 14th century English I wanted to come, and if I hadn t, they would have been all alone, and nobody would have ever known how frightened and brave and irreplaceable they were Connie Willis, Doomsday BookDoomsday Book by the American author Connie Willis is an amazing, unique, captivating 600 page novel taking place in two times concurrently near future Oxford, England and a 14th Centu [...]


    7. OMG I am finally finished What a travel down a monotonous road I will not attempt to say once again what has been so eloquently said many times before But one thing that I had to mention was a phrase that has stuck in my mind for days I found myself last week picking up the book so that I might be able to put closure on it So there I am reading ok skimming this book as some say Best time travel novel I ve ever read or a study of people s behavior what behavior, all the characters did the same th [...]


    8. I finished Doomsday Book this morning and immediately moved on to the next book on my to read list, which happens to be Hyperion by Dan Simmons Doomsday Book left me a little messed up in the head and I wanted to replace the imagery and train of thought with something new I figured I d have to let Doomsday Book mull around in my head for a while before I could write an effective review I figured the same about Iain Banks Transition, another book I recently finished So my plan was to read Hyperio [...]


    9. I am very concerned I read The Doomsday Book time travel saga, eagerly anticipating it based on the many reviews that highly praise this story Many reviewers whom I trust rave about this book I just didn t see it at all, not a bit Not only was it supremely boring, but annoying The first 120 pages can be summarized something is wrong During the next 180 pages, the rest of the characters realize there is something wrong Yawn I felt like slapping virtually every character in the book at one point o [...]


    10. Updated 07 05 10Connie Willis shows us that we do not need to look to the future for an apocalyptic setting suitable for exorcising whatever demons haunt us, testing whatever faith we may or may not have, revealing the height of humanity s capacity for compassion or the depth of its misery We had the mid 14th Century for that.These ain t Jesuits on a distant planet, or a man and a boy wandering down a road.This shit really happened, people A week ago or so, I had a brief exchange with Ellen abou [...]


    11. SPOILER ALERT THIS BOOK WAS TERRIBLE AND I WILL RUIN THE ENDINGIf you re only going to read one book this year Make sure this one is simply on hand in case you run out of toilet paper If you think that s being crude, let me remind you a lack of toilet paper is one of her side plots she uses to move things along And by move things along, I mean NOTHING IN THIS STORY GOES ANYWHERE EVER.This book won a Nebula and Hugo award Oh swoon, right OMG this must be awesome, right Well, no And I just don t k [...]


    12. From my blog If you haven t read anything by Connie Willis, I highly suggest that you stop whatever you re doing and go out and get one of her books.Willis is sort of a giant in the science fiction world she s won Hugo and Nebula awards, among many others This is the third book I ve read by her in addition to To Say Nothing of the Dog and Bellwether , and I must say, the woman can write Her plots are engaging and funny and heartbreaking and her books are nearly impossible to put down Spoilers Th [...]


    13. Maybe my favorite time travel book ever and I like me a good time travel tale , Doomsday Book won both the Hugo and Nebula as well as several other awards in the early 1990s when it was published It s about the people than the science Kivrin is a history major at Oxford in a near future world where time travel machines are controlled by universities and used for research purposes Kivrin is traveling back in time to live in a medieval English village for a few weeks, but things go just a bit wro [...]


    14. Just about 3 stars It s a shame really because I LOVED the actual account of Kivrin and the details of life in the 1300s community she was brought in to was fascinating If all or the majority of this had been the main chunk of the story, this would easily have been 4 stars But I found the modern day story really boring.


    15. This is one of the elite novels that won both Hugo and Nebula awards, there are not many of those and they are generally very good books though you and I can always find some titles to be undeserving, c est la vie Before starting on reading this novel I looked around and for some consensus of opinion among other readers I found the prevailing opinion to be on the positive side but it is always interesting to note the negatives also, in case the reviewers hate the same things I do Among the unfav [...]


    16. I think Connie Willis did a great job at portraying something so absolutely horrible that it defies comprehension I had read about the plague that almost eradicated Europe, but nothing could prepare me for what I read here The horrors of the Black Death seem to be something so far beyond anything we could imagine I found myself cringing and pleading she s not going to go there she s not going to go there so when she does s devastating.The feeling of abandonment that these people had, coupled wit [...]


    17. MINI REVIEW this book won a Hugo and Nebula for 1992 and a host of other awards It s a nod to the historical Domesday Book of 1086 and focuses upon a futuristic society sending some of its people back into the past to Oxford, England but an error puts the main character into that area during the Black Plague Note that while they are sending people out that said society has their own plague epidemic taking place The strengths of this novel are its attention to Historical details, the engaging and [...]


    18. Following my abject failure with noir wizards, I m retreating to an audiobook that seems to contain everything I like lady protagonists, time travel, semi distant British history, and plague Loads of plague Gen up on the plot before you read this one it s not very spoilery, but I m going to dive right in and assume you know roughly the premise from the start I ve been wondering how to approach this review for ages Looking at what other people have written, it seems that the general consensus is [...]


    19. Fast forward a few years hence to Oxford, and then travel all the way back to the 14th century with this gem of a book In the process a Pandora s box is opened and the contents revealed.I prefer to say less rather than in order not to spoil this story for you, and for that reason most of my thoughts on the book are between spoiler tags Let me just say that it has become possible to send historians back in time so that they can observe and participate in events as they happen But what if Follow [...]


    20. 4.5 stars Review originally published on the booksandpieces blog.A really wonderful in depth story of time travel and the very real difficulties of trying to survive in the past Remember that old adage the past is a foreign country well if nothing else brings that home then this book will The uncanny similarities and differences of life in the middle ages, the horrible reality of a world without modern medicine they re just for starters Because then there s that extra layer of cleverness In the [...]


    21. Well, I can safely say this is the best book I ve ever read about time traveling historians and deadly diseases that kill a shit ton of people.And no, it s not the only book I ve read about that I read Timeline about ten years ago, although I barely remember it Anyway, I love Michael Crichton books, but Connie Willis s writing is on a whole other level Although they both write science fiction, Crichton was first and foremost a thriller writer, and judging by Doomsday Book, Willis is interested [...]


    22. Why I hated this book by Marc.I read a lot The number of books I list on my read list here is a fraction of what I read And for the most part, none have reviews, just ratings, because I have little time to write reviews But I just had to comment on The Doomsday Book I fell into a trap I read reviews of the book before I bought it, and those reviews help convince me to give it a try That is something I usually do not do I usually read the back cover, and if it sounds good, I buy it But I read the [...]


    23. This is one of the best books I have ever read, my second favorite book of all time The amount of detail and research that Ms Willis must have done is staggering and yet the book is very readable and the people come alive Rather than either idolizing or condeming the past or the future, Willis presents both in a very real, all too human light Though the book is long, I plowed through it, and was never bored I like all of her books, but this is one of Willis best I don t usually like time travel [...]


    24. NO SPOILERS It won the Hugo and Nebula awards, and if there were an award for most repetitious, Doomsday Book would have won that too Its premise is a great one, and the story is straightforward and intriguing, but Doomsday Book could easily have been half as many pages with no harm to the story For almost the entirety of the book, Willis repeatedly detailed a main character s struggles to extract vital information from another character at least a dozen times hammered home that the Black Death [...]


    25. M thi keyif alarak okudu um, t r bilim kurgu diye ge se de bu t re yabanc olanlar n ve hatta bu t r sevmeyen veya nyarg l olanlar n dahi rahatl kla okuyaca bir kitap nk kitaptaki tarihi kurgusal boyut bilim kurgusal boyuttan ok daha bask n Kitab n uzunlu u 580 sayfa kesinlikle g z n z korkutmas n Su gibi ak yor zellikle 14 y zy l ngiltere sinin ya ama ko ullar ve 1348 y l veba salg n a s ndan da olduk a bilgilendirici bir kitap Bilim kurgu merakl lar ndansa orta a veya salg n hastal k tarihi vey [...]


    26. Original review date 11 May 2009 Doomsday Book has a wonderful concept, but I have never in my life read another book with such infuriatingly rotten pacing This is a six hundred page book where NOTHING HAPPENS for the first four hundred pages The last two hundred pages are sublime, but I can t bring myself to raise the rating any higher than three stars.In the first four hundred pages, we meet Kivrin, a young history undergraduate at Oxford in the near future The development of time travel has t [...]


    27. I wouldn t write a review of Connie Willis s Doomsday Book there are loads of great reviews already, what could I add, etc if it were not for this little guy Not this very same little guy, of course The rats that caused the black death were black rats it d have been neat if they were black and white rats The black and white death What s white about it It s death There aren t even any grey areas I loved the rat in the cage parts They didn t know they were gonna set the plague on Europe I believed [...]


    28. I ve taken a while to get round to reviewing this, largely because I absolutely loved it but couldn t at first quite articulate why I think it took me reading another by Connie Willis Fire Watch, a collection of short stories, with the title story set in the same universe as this book to work out just what it was about Doomsday Book that got me.Doomsday Book starts out in Oxford in 2048 Its an odd future Oxford it reads a lot like last century Oxford I suppose this is because the novel was writt [...]


    29. Okay, I ve been ignorant of Connie Willis for way, way too long This is the second book of hers that I ve read and the second of hers that I ve adored It wasn t nearly as funny as To Say Nothing of the Dog, but given that a large part of the book was set in the early 14th century in England rather than late 19th century, that is hardly surprising We are back in the same world of Oxford with the struggling history department sending out historians to do on site work I wasn t careful with some of [...]


    30. Me ha entretenido y he querido saber lo que ocurr a al final, y eso es mucho m s de lo que consiguen la mayor a de libros que leo La premisa y la ambientaci n son los grandes pilares de la novela y los que consiguen engancharte.Pero Connie Willis se va m s por las ramas que Tarzan Personajes, situaciones y di logos que, aunque se lean r pido y puedan ser m s o menos entretenidos, una vez que los analizas te das cuenta de que no han servido para avanzar la trama lo m s m nimo.


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