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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living history
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Kivrin, a time-travelling historian, is mistakenly sent back to a Medieval village near Oxford as the Black Death is about to strike, and sees all around her succumb to the Plague. At the same time, in her home time, a flu pandemic is laying waste to Oxford, stopping any attempts to find her and bring her home. Unlikely as...
Published on 24 Mar 2006 by R. Plachcinski

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of a Chore to Read, but Ultimately Quite Moving
The book was touching but often quite tedious to plod through. I usually enjoy Sci-Fi, factual history and historical fiction. Unfortunately the plot required a considerable suspension of disbelief. For example, though part of the novel is set in 2054 people are hard to get hold of, protagonists have to wait for long-distance telephone calls, characters are out of contact...
Published on 10 Dec 2011 by W Steedman


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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sloooowwwww read, 17 Feb 1998
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Doomsday Book was very difficult to get into, a really slow read. This book had a depressing story line with no payoff.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An astonishingly miserable book., 2 April 1998
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I, too, picked this up on the basis of its Hugo and Nebula. What a mistake! Hands down the worst "science fiction" book I've ever read. Boring characters, none of whom are noble, evil, or in any way interesting. Nothing happens (other than unrelenting misery and pointless suffering). Zero character development; Kivrin has zero impact on the "contemps"; EVERYBODY dies; need I go on? Oh yeah: Wills doesn't even have the decency to punish the moron Gilchrist or whatever his name was...she lets him die peacefully offstage, never getting his comeuppance! An astonishingly miserable book. Run, do not walk, away from it.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars dooms day really is doom, 17 Oct 1997
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sorry to say ,i cant see why half people rate this a ten and others rate this low , the story as i see had potentail and some interesting aspects ,like the relationship between kirvin and agnes ,but in the end the two story lines never crossed in time ,or should i say the people in the 20th century never made it time to help kirvin , perhaps if connie really merged the two storylines sooner --more story could have come about .kirvin should have interacted more with colin -more to save something in this novel , who wants to read a book with rich charecters only to find in the end they all die helplessly ,if this is anyones cup of tea drink it Well my friend :-(
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, bad book., 22 Jan 1998
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This book won both Nebula and Hugo award. Why, i don't know. 250 pages into the book i started skipping pages... the last 150 pages i skipped completly. It was really paintstaking to wait for them to find out the cause of the disease. A pain. Avoid this one and ready Hyperion instead.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars School & Library Binding Only, 17 Dec 2013
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This review relates only to the School & Library Binding edition of both the "Doomsday book" and "To say nothing of the dog", two fantastic books from Connie Willis.

I'm a huge fan of the author and both of these books, but the quality of the book is absolutely dreadful. It is a library binding as advertised, but its the size of a compact paperback (look at the measurements) and the print quality is so poor that I would imagine you would get better quality from the paperback edition. The fact that they are selling it at over £11 adds insult to injury.

Buy the book, but avoid this particular edition, regardless of the price.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original, well researched, time travel novel, 13 Feb 2013
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I am surprised that it is only recently that I discovered Connie Willis. I read "Blackout" & it's sequel "All Clear" - the basic premise being that Time travel has become possible in the not too distant future.The centre for the time travel is Oxford,from where the main characters travelled back to the Second World War - mainly into London to study the Blitz. When I finished these books I looked for something else by Connie Willis - and found this book. Again it is Time Travel from the Oxford base, but this time the main character travels into Medieval England. Very well researched (again) and involving. There is a strong story which gives you a real feel of how people lived in that era, alongside the dangers of plague? - both in the past and present. This book pre-dates "Black Out" & "All Clear", but there is no 'spoiling' by reading "Doomsday Book" after the later books.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsurpassable!, 29 Jan 2013
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One of the 10 books I would take with me out of a burning house, or onto a desert island. I have read and re- read this book many times, each time, like layers in a painting, I keep seeing and feeling the emotional journey of the book. The very intelligent and creative writing of Connie Willis is totally ignored by the masses who think Ken Follett's books are authentic!
The only downside to book is that she has spoilt me for other writers. I have recommended her to all my friends and family who now pretend they were the ones to introduce this amazing author's book to me.!

There is so much rubbish out there that the pity is that gems like the book are lost under the weight of them.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Doomsday is right!, 17 Feb 1997
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If you want sci-fi, developed characters AND engrossing storytelling than avoid this book at all costs. Then pick the Hyperion (in this case the Hugo was deserved) series by Dan Simmons, a modern master.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars dry and boring, 10 Jan 1998
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It's really dry and boring; I cannot see why it's a hugo and nebula award winner. The way the author is trying to create suspense is really frustrating. Please don't waste time on this book.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated, avoid!, 25 May 1999
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This is probably the single most overrated SF book in recent years. I haven't read it in a while (and I *never* will again), but it left the impression of being slow, non-scientific (which you'd kinda hope a Hugo/Nebula winner *would* be), and generally boring. I forced myself to finish the book in the hope that it would get better. It did - when I was done, and able to read something else. The book is not horrible, just horribly overrated, and I'd recommend a potential buyer/reader to look elsewhere unless you've read everything else in the genre.
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