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Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
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Nov 22, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, fiction
Read from November 22 to 29, 2011

The ending of this book--which you can see coming with about 15% of it left--left me a little irritated. I'm not going to say any more about that. Anyway, the rest of the book is good stuff. What we've got here is a time travel system in place at Oxford (it is not clear whether other places also have time travel), and the book begins with the history department sending a student back to 1320. But things go awry, in both the present and the past, although not in ways you'd expect for a time travel book (in this world, the machine simply won't work if there are going to be paradoxes). Part medical thriller, part life-in-the-middle-ages travelogue, with a couple of strong female characters, which is not something you always get in your sci-fi (although to call this sci-fi is stretching the definition, I think).

I'll be picking up the related books.

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