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Blackout by Connie Willis
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Apr 26, 2012

really liked it
Read in April, 2012

Blackout is actually the first part of a book (All Clear being the second part). They are both really good. This is time traveling as I've never seen anyone else write; the time travelers are historians who travel to the past to research it. Blackout centers around three historians who, when time traveling malfunctions, are stuck in England during the Blitz. They begin to really live in the time instead of merely observe it, and yet are still from a different future. There's also the mystery aspect. (view spoiler) Although it has many comedic moments, the book is serious (especially worth mentioning if you've read To Say Nothing of the Dog, which is almost entirely comedic). It is about the sacrifices and heroism of ordinary people in England, and it is brilliant and a little sad. Even the quotes at the beginning of each chapter are fascinating, tying in such diverse ideas as Sleeping Beauty, T.S. Eliot, and Shakespeare to the ideas of time travel and being lost. Really worth your time (just make sure you have All Clear on hand to read the moment you finish Blackout).

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