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Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
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Sep 29, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: sci-fi, public-health-fiction

One of my all-time favorites! Anyone who knows my reading taste will not be surprised that I love a time-traveling, plague-ridden, extremely detailed, historical novel/sci-fi book. I find it interesting that this book has gotten almost all either one- or five-star reviews. I suppose I can see how you might find it boring, but it hits many of my favorite plots and book characteristics: epidemics, the Plague, historical fiction, extremely detailed historical fiction, strong female characters, vivid characters in general, well-researched, and an unusual idea. The details of life in the middle ages and life in the middle of a modern epidemic are extremely well-researched/imagined (we only wish we had the medical care Connie Willis imagines....) and vividly written. The ending is amazing--a weaker writer would have been tempted to strike either a happier or sadder note, but I found it both painful and well-balanced. I read this years ago and never forgot it; I found it even better on a re-read, post-public health education and during a time of major flu epidemics. I'd highly recommend it to my public health friends, especially those looking to explore some science fiction.
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