The Doomsday Book (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Jan 5, 2011 - Fiction - 592 pages
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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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The major one (and least nit-picky one) is the pacing. - Goodreads
This book started out with an awesome premise. - Goodreads
And I was in tears when I read the ending yesterday. - Goodreads
But I still expected a coherent and interesting plot. - Goodreads
And it sure doesn't advance the plot at all. - Goodreads

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2.5 stars By all accounts I should probably love this book. It's about Oxford medieval historians who travel back to the Middle Ages in the name of scholarship! That should win four stars from me ... Read full review

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Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done. On the spur ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
19
Section 4
35
Section 5
48
Section 6
63
Section 7
78
Section 8
87
Section 16
242
Section 17
260
Section 18
280
Section 19
301
Section 20
317
Section 21
334
Section 22
389
Section 23
406

Section 9
101
Section 10
111
Section 11
129
Section 12
148
Section 13
165
Section 14
185
Section 15
226
Section 24
417
Section 25
436
Section 26
452
Section 27
494
Section 28
571
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About the author (2011)

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.


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