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Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
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Feb 19, 2011

really liked it
Read from February 17 to 19, 2011

Willis is clearly a talented writer, but again, I think I'm reading a bit out of my comfort zone. Willis' novel takes us from Oxford of the middle 21st C all the way back to the Middle Ages and the onset of the bubonic plague. Although I enjoyed the story, It skipped around a bit for my tatse, and was so very British I had a hard time understanding all the references. Beyond that, her world is incredibly original. She takes an academic/ scientific approach to time travel that's firmly grounded in a well-researched, rational universe. Her characters were great, too. I loved the way she introduced a bunch of interesting total strangers and then subtly built intense relationships between them over the course of the novel. By the time the novel ended, I was sorry to see them go. In fact, the ending was downright painful. It has been a very long time since I've indulged in anything quite so stark.

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