Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

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9 Critic Reviews

Fine writing, and well-honed instincts, that should appeal far beyond the usual science-fiction constituency.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

For Kivrin, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity's history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman traveling alone. For her instructors in the twenty-first century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received.

But a crisis strangely linking past and future strands Kivrin in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her. In a time of superstition and fear, Kivrin -- barely of age herself -- finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope during one of history's darkest hours.

Five years in the writing by one of science fiction's most honored authors, Doomsday Book is a storytelling triumph. Connie Willis draws upon her understanding of the universalities of human nature to explore the ageless issues of evil, suffering and the indomitable will of the human spirit.


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About Connie Willis

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Connie Willis has won six Nebula Awards (more than any other science fiction writer), six Hugo Awards, and for her first novel, Lincoln's Dreams, John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Her novel Doomsday Book won both the Nebula and Hugo Awards, and her first short-story collection, Fire Watch, was a New York Times Notable Book. Her other works include To Say Nothing of the Dog, Bellwether, Impossible Things, Remake, Uncharted Territory and Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. Ms. Willis lives in Greeley, Colorado, with her family and is hard at work on her next novel, Passage.
 
Published January 5, 2011 by Spectra. 593 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Doomsday Book
All: 9 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Above average

Fine writing, and well-honed instincts, that should appeal far beyond the usual science-fiction constituency.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Alaya Dawn Johnson on Sep 26 2014

This kind of fear would paralyze most of us. But the remarkable, human bravery of Kivrin and Father Roche is that they don't run. They lance buboes and clean blood and fight and fight, even as the town dies around them.

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All About Romance

Good
Reviewed by Blythe Barnhill on Mar 16 2014

Even if you usually like to stick to light and sunny books, I'd encourage you to give this one a try...Doomsday Book is the next best thing to traveling back in time yourself, yet it also presents an interesting view of the future. With its riveting plot and vivid characterization, it is a book to savor.

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Nights and Weekends

Above average

Fanciful, yes. Intriguing, yes. Great literature—who knows?

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SFFWorld.com

Good
on Sep 05 2008

Overall the book remains a vivid and memorable reading experience.

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Shelf Life ~ Book reviews from the VC/UHV Library

Above average
on Jun 19 2012

Willis leaves the reader guessing until the last page to know the fate of Kirven.

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Rambles

Excellent

It's amazing, infuriating, depressing, frustrating and emotionally draining. But it's well worth the read, well worth the toll it takes, for you're not likely to ever come across many better than this one.

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Helium

Good
on Jun 22 2010

t is an emotional book. It grips you firmly and doesn’t let you go.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Above average

Willis provides deft characterisation as well as plotting.

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