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... The book arrived and looked like any other, sat amongst my huge ‘to be read’ pile. If I had known how moved I would be by it, I might have peered at it in a slightly more wary fashion. For books this great deserve more than being one of a heap, waiting for the busy reader to finally ... Read review

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... We All Fall Down.

AdvantagesBeautiful novel, brilliantly drawn characters, compelling.

DisadvantagesUpsetting at times.

"...afternoon, I sat crying over the fate of a little girl. She could have been my daughter, my best friend’s daughter – but she wasn’t. She didn’t even exist. Ah, but she did. She came alive in a way that made me care, that made me weep. ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * A couple of months ago, I read a book review here by bwanamdevu. It was a wonderful review and made me want to read the book - a high recommendation indeed, ..." Read review

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Community Level 5xalala


A fantastic read and highly recommended

AdvantagesGripping, exciting, had me in floods of tears

DisadvantagesStrangely dissatisfying ending, currently out of print (since Feb 2003)

"I read The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis yesterday. All in one day. That goes some way towards showing how good a read I found it. I picked the book up from Amazon marketplace, since apparently it went out of print in February 2003 (so there might still be copies in your local bookshop, if you're quick). I chose it on the basis of KarenUK's opinion I read here a few days earlier (thanks, Karen!), and I'd never heard of Connie Willis before. The ..." Read review

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Imagine getting sent back to the 14th century!

AdvantagesGreat read - takes you out of yourself

Disadvantages650 pages

"...mentioned this novel as having the same sort of theme so thought I would give it a try.---The Product---This book was purchased from Amazon for 1p plus postage.Written by Connie Willis, an award-winning American science fiction writer.Published by New England Library, Hodder and Stoughton, 1992.ISBN - 0-450-57987-5---Brief Synopsis---This book has ..." Read review

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An Absorbing and Harrowing Read.

AdvantagesExtremely enjoyable and gripping

DisadvantagesSome poorly developed bits

"...Her world is the near future of 2054 where time-travel is possible. It appears to be the preserve of historians who use it to travel back in time for their field studies.Great care has to be taken to adequately prepare those travelling back to prevent even a minor time-paradox occuring and so these trips are not to be taken lightly. It is surprising then that a young Oxford history student, Kivrin, is chosen to go back to 14th century medieval ..." Read review

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Community Level 4jambo6


A very good read

AdvantagesVery well crafted, original, moving

DisadvantagesIts only 650 pages long

"The Doomsday Book was the first book I read by Connie Willis, and remains the best. She is an author who always offers plenty of original ideas, but in this book she manages to also captivate the heart with some good characterisations and a lot of compassion. The story is set in the future and the past, and concerns Kivrin, a history student who uses the Universities time machine to travel to 14th century England to study life then. Things go horribly ..." Read review

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Type Fiction
Genre Horror
Title The Doomsday Book
Author Connie Willis
ISBN 0553562738
EAN 9780553562736


Listed on Ciao since 28/07/2000

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