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Joe (finalblowjoe) | 264 comments Mod
Hi everyone. This is for discussion of January's group read.
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.

I've only read one Willis book before and enjoyed it and heard many good things about this book and the series as a whole so am greatly looking forward to this.

This is a four book series so I'm thinking of the following three months dedicated to them.

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Book 1 - Chapters 1 to 4

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Book 1 - Chapters 5 to 9

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This is a reread for me which I'm happy about. I like to reread books and last year I didn't do enough of it. I spent the year trying to reduce my TBR pile which didn't leave me time for rereads.

Book 1 - Chapters 1 to 4

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Book 2 - Chapters 10 to 14

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Book 1 - Chapters 5 - 9

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Book 2 - Chapters 10 - 14

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Book 2 - Chapters 15 to 20

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Book 2 - Chapters 21 to 23 - end of book 2

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Book 2 - Chapters 15 to 23

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Book 3 - Chapters 24 to 30

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Book 3 - Chapter 24 to Finish

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Book 3 - Chapter 24 to end of book.

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Mo | 1 comments Jon wrote: "This is a reread for me which I'm happy about. I like to reread books and last year I didn't do enough of it. I spent the year trying to reduce my TBR pile which didn't leave me time for rereads.

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I think I missed a lot of the references and meaning behind what was going on with the bells on my first read as well. I've been meaning to get back to this book since I read The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers and realized that it was in part the inspiration for the ringers in Doomsday Book.


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Thanks Mo, I think. You've given me fresh impetus to continue on with the Lord Peter Wimsey series. Unfortunately I've only read Whose Body? so far, which means I have a long way to go.

I'm sure that I've missed some if not all of the symbolism with the bells. I did like the thought of the bells calling them home at the end.
I saw a review for The Nine Tailors that has a quote from the book about bells that "mark the passing of a man" and I immediately thought of the section where Kivrin is listening to the bell towers and noting the deaths of children, women and men by the number of rings of the bell.


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