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Passage by Connie Willis
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Feb 02, 2011

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bookshelves: science-fiction, fantasy
Read from March 03 to 05, 2011

Another fun read from Connie Willis. Well-developed, sympathetic protagonist(s) struggling against others (and, apparently, themselves and the natural order) whose single-minded pursuit of their agendas impede, if not imperil, the hero/ine. As usual, Willis examines a serious subject--near death experiences--in a thorough and refreshing way.

The down side? Like many Willis novels, Passage suffers from the Soap Opera Syndrome: once she sets up and starts the story, she goes sideways through the middle third of the book before starting to move again. In this case, she has a intermediate crisis which propels things onward, but it takes her over 400 pages to reach it, when she set everything up in less than 200. Only writers as good as Willis can get away with this. Four stars was a gift.
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