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Blackout by Connie Willis
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Dec 03, 2011

it was amazing
Read from December 01 to 03, 2011

Gotta say, I think Connie Willis is one of the wittiest, most entertaining, and articulate people in the world. I've been lucky enough to sit alongside her on convention panels, as well as to hear her speak at conferences and conventions about writing, the craft, the art, the world of letters, politics, weird stories and just about anything. And her writing is every bit as entertaining as she is in personq. Some humorous, some tragic, some that fits my taste more than others, But all excellent. And then here comes Blackout - and it is the best so far to my mind. Her intrepid time-traveling historians, like those we met in the marvelous Doomsday Book are flitting through the past to observe the tides of history for themselves, to unravel the mysteries that written word and story can't give. But a great number of them seem to be zeroing in on various aspects of World War II in England, some at the opening of the war, some in the middle, some at the end. From the points of view of four of these young observers, we get caught up in the Battle for Britain - Dunkirk, the V1 and V2 bombardments, and very specifically and centrally, the Blitz. Trained to "blend in" and know their historical territory, our observers get caught up in the chaos of this ferocious bombardment, joining an extraordinary people in their courageous, tragic, quirky, and often humorous efforts to hold on to their way of life.

The historical accuracy is superb. The feel of being caught in the middle is gripping. And the unsettling implications as our historians see their detailed in and out plans sliding away in the chaos, building up to the possibility that their presence may have ch in only a few daanged the war's outcome, drove me to devour the book in only a few days and be profoundly grateful that I have the second half waiting on my shelf. Onward to All Clear; I can't wait.
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Janny Are you liking this?

Carol Berg Janny wrote: "Are you liking this?"

Love it!

message 3: by Ron (new) - rated it 2 stars

Ron All Clear is even better. In fact, it's so much better, you didn't need to read Blackout--except for the enjoyment, of course.

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