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Group Book Discussion > Blackout by Connie Willis (March 2018)

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Joe (finalblowjoe) | 264 comments Mod
Hey everyone.

This is for discussion of February's group read:
Blackout by Connie Willis

This is part one of the story and book that jointly won the 2011 Hugo and Nebula award. I'm curious about this two part award winner.

As always use spoiler code if saying anything detailed about the plot.


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Chapters 1 - 11

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Chapters 12 - 23

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Chapters 24 - 34

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Chapters 35 - 44

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Joe (finalblowjoe) | 264 comments Mod
I finally started it.

Chapters 1 - 11

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Chapters 12 - 23

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Finished

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So how should I rate this book? I didn't think much of it but I'm pretty sure it wasn't written to be a 'book'. If I understand it right it was a book that the publisher just decided to split into two halves. For comparison last year I read Stand on Zanzibar. It was a 650 page book so if you cut it in half you'd get two 325 page books. Pretty average size I think. But that first half would suck if you read it and tried to rate it. I'll admit that the book as a whole wasn't my favorite book last year but I think I've made my point.


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Chapters 24 - 34

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Chapters 35 - 44

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Chapters 45 - End

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Overall at the moment I like the book but not love it. It has interesting ideas but it does ramble and the points it's trying to make take awhile.

I'm planning to read All Clear, the second half of this split in half book, next week as I'm hoping it'll blend into one another well.


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Just received my copy of All Clear today. Holy crap, it's another 641 pages. Hahaha!


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