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Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
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Jan 18, 2008

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bookshelves: sci-fi, liked-it, idiots-ultimate-reading
Recommended to MJ by: ultimate reading guide

Kirvin is a historian of the future. Her goal to travel back to the 1300s to more accuratley study what life was really like. When the oppurtunity presents itselfs to go back to 1320 she jumps even though her mentor protests its to dangerous. Kirvin is not be stopped and go back she does. But there is a problem (of course there has to be or the book would be very dull). The tech running the "jump" tells them something is wrong and then passes out. The discover that he has some viral infection and an immediate quarantine shuts down the city. as more and more people get sick noone knows what is wrong with Kirvin or is she is alive. In the mean time Kirvin is sick herself and she doesnot know what is wrong she had all her shots and should not be suspetable to diesease from 1320. The story jumps back and forth telling Kirvins story in 1320 and what is happening in the "present". Did something sneak through the time travel "net" to invect modern Oxford or is it a modern virus outbreak. And why is the tech so worried that something went wrong with the "jump".

This book is very interesting and presented a new look at time travel. At times it was a bit wordy but i liked the overall story. I would recomend this to anyone who likes a bit of science fiction mixed in with their history.
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