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El libro del día del juicio final (Oxford Time Travel #1)

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A mediados del siglo XXI, Kivrin, una audaz estudiante de historia, decide viajar en el tiempo para estudiar "in situ" una de las eras más mortíferas y peligrosas de la historia humana: la Edad Media asolada por la Peste Negra. Pero una crisis que enlaza extrañamente pasado, presente y futuro atrapa a Kivrin en uno de los años más peligrosos de la Edad Media, mientras sus ...more
Paperback, 1ra edición, 782 pages
Published January 15th 2010 by ZETA (first published 1992)
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Joel
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Conrad
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 technolog ...more
Nataliya
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.”
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Ian
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 Hy ...more
mark monday
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 pointlessness.

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Clouds

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
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Tracey
May 05, 2009 Tracey rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that wants to become a bell ringer
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 ...more
Jennifer (aka EM)
Jul 05, 2010 Jennifer (aka EM) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer (aka EM) by: Ian Foster
Updated: 07/05/10

Connie 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.


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A week ago or so, I
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Cori
Oct 01, 2007 Cori rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone. Ever.
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.

(Spoi
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Meghan
The Doomsday Book was, for me, one of those rare books that you pick up, start reading, and then, when you're done, seriously consider starting it over again.

The book straddles an uncomfortable line--neither a full-on science fiction novel nor a historical, it manages to encompass the most interesting aspects of both. The plot is fairly simple: Kivrin, a student studying the Middle Ages, is traveling in time back to the 1320s. Dunworthy, her mentor, remains in the 2040s, and the story chronicle
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Mike
I am very concerned. I read “The Doomsday Book” time travel saga, eagerly anticipating it based on the many Goodreads 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 i ...more
StoryTellerShannon
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 engagi
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Apatt
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 Goodreads and Amazon 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 ...more
Guillermo

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...it's devastating.

The feeling of abandonment that these peopl
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Helene
SPOILER ALERT - THIS BOOK WAS TERRIBLE - AND I WILL RUIN THE ENDING

If 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... A
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Marc
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
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Mariel
Mar 23, 2011 Mariel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Willard
Recommended to Mariel by: the pied piper
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 Eu
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
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- ...more
Jeffrey
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 ...more
Natalie
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 wa
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Serkan
3.5 Yıldız. Zaman yolculuğu yapan tarihçiler konseptini çok beğendim. Bu konseptin müthiş bir potansiyeli olduğunu düşünüyorum. Ama bu kitap bu potansiyeli kullanabilmiş mi derseniz, cevabım hayır. Ama kullandığı kadarı ile bile sürükleyici ve dokunaklı bir öykü anlatmayı başarmış.

Bu konu üzerine bu kitapta yer verilenden çok daha güzel twist'lerin ve çok daha güzel karakterlerin kurgulanabileceğini düşünüyorum. Ama sanırım yazarın amacı kitabı biraz 'light' tutarak sadece bilimkurgu fanlarına
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Nikki
It took me quite a while to read Doomsday Book. I was intrigued to find it was about Kivrin, who was mentioned in Fire Watch, but it took so, so long to get off the ground. I figured most things out ages before any of the characters did. Following sick protagonists really is no fun at all, and it's frustrating for the same conversations to be repeated over and over again -- "Where is Basingame?" (who never appears), "Did you get the fix?", "I must speak to Gawyn"... The parts in which Kivrin's r ...more
Mike
Jun 19, 2013 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone

The Doomsday Book is an ambitious “soft” SF novel that borrows its title from the famous “Domesday Book” completed in 1086. Despite sharing names, the two works have only a little in common. The original was a survey of land and property holdings in England and Wales undertaken for William I (aka William the Conqueror) which was to set the basis for taxation. (Happily for historians it records details of life that would otherwise be lost to us.) The modern one is a novel and also a dictation wit
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Charlotte
Connie Willis' Doomsday Book might well be one of the best books I ever read, if not the best one, although it surely isn't an easy book leaving you unaffected.
Set in Willis' universe of the near future, in which a very plausible system of timetravelling is used by historians in order to research the past, the story develops in the there present and in 1348, the year the plague arrived in England.
Fast paced and very well researched, the Doomsday Book doesn't only shine through it's brilliant pl
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Lisa Vegan
Jan 15, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who enjoy historical fiction &/or time travel or any speculative fiction
Because I’d already read Blackout/All Clear at least I knew the fate of two characters; perhaps I should have known about a third character, but I’m glad that it either wasn’t revealed or I didn’t remember.

This is a wonderful time travel book, the third by Willis that I’ve read. Now want to read everything by this author! It was a pleasure in the other two books to go from Oxford 2160 back to WWII Britain, and now from Oxford 2154 (reuniting with 2 characters when they were several years younger
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Sophia
I'm erring on the side of charity and going with three stars for this 2.5 star book, because it was utterly gripping for the first 75 pages or so. Then nothing happened. Then the same nothing happened again. And *again*. By the time you get to the fourth or fifth scene where one of the protags is trying to call someone who may or may not be in Scotland but can't get through because the circuits are busy you want to scream (spoiler alert: we never actually find out where in Scotland that damn guy ...more
Sarah
Considered reserving one star for the fact that I didn't expect it to be a downer. I usually equate Connie Willis and humor. It's a beautiful book, meticulously researched and full of the best of human nature (and a few jerks for contrast). The Oxford side of things did get a little repetitive at times, but I suppose that was an honest reflection of the situation. The portion set in the Middle Ages was riveting, as evidenced by the fact that I've been reading all day.
I did have an issue with two
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Simon
I felt a little bit of trepidation setting out to read this book. Firstly I was alarmed by it's size and then I was alarmed by some of the quite harsh criticisms of the book suggesting that very little actually happens. On the other hand, it is quite highly acclaimed by many and now featured in the SF Masterworks series.

Throughout most of the book I felt quite positive. I didn't find it boring or that not enough was happening. I felt quite caught up on the story and wanted to find out what happ
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Catie
This book is amazing. It's both intense and light and every chapter ends in a cliffhanger of sorts so I really wanted to keep reading. There is a lot of seemingly "mild" banter or arguing which seems innocuous but really fleshes out the characters - I really had a full sense of who these people are by the end of the book. Even the stuff that seems purposeless and like "filler" (the bell-ringers, for example) manages to play a role later in the story. This is one of those authors that you really ...more
Tfitoby
I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in the Oxford Time Travel series but it wasn't all plain sailing I can tell you.

The premise of time travel becoming common place and somehow preserved wholly as an educational tool is one that leads to a plethora of exciting ideas, one of which Connie Willis utilised for this trip to 14th Century England - Kivrin is lost in time and nobody even knows it because the failsafes and the backups and everything else have been blown to hell by a mutant virus!

But the
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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 Ficti
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