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Blackout by Connie Willis
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Nov 15, 2010

really liked it
Read from February 11 to 16, 2010 — I own a copy , read count: 2

Aaargh! Connie Willis has never written books with sequels. So imagine my surprise and dismay when I'm getting towards the end of this one and nothing is getting wrapped up! And then there is the little note that the sequel will be out in the fall! I bought this book as a hardback! I spent money on it and now I will be forced to spend money on the hardback sequel. Because I can't have a series with un-matched editions. Anyway, I don't know why I like this author. I have almost all of her books. And she always writes the same way: lots of frustration as people miss each other by moments, confuse information, and generally make things worse and worse. Nothing really even happens. But I still liked this. Dang it! Oh, and it is about time travelers from Oxford going to WWII to research life during the blitz, Dunkirk, and the evacuation of children. I learned lots of interesting things about the war that I never knew.
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Jennifer Connolly I'm about 2/3rds of the way through this book and asking myself the same question -- why do I like this author? The near misses drive me insane and you are right -- she does this in every book. I really grew to hate it in Passage and if anything it is even worse here.

First book I ever read by Willis was The Doomsday Book and I think that I just found it so excellent that the gleam has taken a long time to wear off. But yeah, I still kind of like this --- I just want to smack most of the characters for not being assertive enough and for not coming to obvious conclusions. It is like they are all dense!

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