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To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
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Feb 16, 2013

it was amazing
bookshelves: colorado-author, dogs, historical-fiction, humor, science-fiction, england, victorian-england, favorites
Read in September, 2011

So here's what happens: at the Oxford University of the future, historians use time travel to study history in extraordinary depth - and some are getting way too involved in Victorian affairs. Why? Because Coventry Cathedral, destroyed years before, is being rebuilt - and the Lady-In-Charge of the restoration wants every last detail to be exactly right! So Verity goes off to Victorian times to find the last detail, the hideous bishop's bird stump - and saves a kitten from drowning. And brings it back to modern times. Which may or may not tear a hole in the space-time continuum and destroy the world.
For the record, it was a very cute kitten.

This book has everything: mystery, time travel, romance, atrocious crimes against interior decor, and of course, two men in a boat (not to mention a very proper English bulldog). Yes, it's part of a series - but you don't have to read them in order (except Blackout and All Clear - those are really two halves of one novel). The others are equally wonderful, but this is by far the funniest.

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