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Only half a book,
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I am a great fan of Connie Willis, and Doomsday Book has to be my favorite book of all time, so I'm sad that I'm not giving this book a five star review. There are a number of problems. Firstly it is only half a book. It ends at a sort of cliff hanger point and won't be completed until volume 2 All Clear comes out in the Autumn. This would be OK but actually not much happens in this (quite long) first half. The story really doesn't move on much. Secondly the book suffers from the kind of anachronisms and cultural errors that were also present in Doomsday Book (we all remember the mufflers!) Doomsday Book had a gripping enough story line to allow one to ignore these - this book, I'm afraid, hasn't.
Also (and I know this is not the authors fault) what on earth is going on on the cover? Why are there a squadron of American B17's on the cover of a book set in the Blitz (before America entered the war) and why are they bombing London? Also, if you read the notes at the back St. Paul's - which is regularly referred to in the text of the book - is called St. Patrick's! Oh dear.
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Initial post: 5 Jul 2010 06:47:18 BDT
Stephen Kraisler says:
might that be the results of a time traveling paradox (or two)?
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2010 09:35:56 GMT
Not as far as I recall, having now got through both books. The second is just as slow as the first, and is equally lacking in plot and characterisation. It's a pity, because To Say Nothing of the Dog was marvellous. Anyway, if the anachronisms on the cover and blurb bother you, don't go near the audiobook version, where the narrator us an American trying to use a British accent who has the weirdest pronunciation I ever heard!
Posted on 18 Jan 2011 14:20:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jan 2011 14:20:45 GMT
Elizabeth E Wein says:
there is no accounting for covers or aircraft representation. I think the design team will ALWAYS choose an effective image over a historically accurate one! Think of it as a "hollywood grab."
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