Blackout Hardcover – 2 Feb 2010
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"A tour de force . . . [Willis] is one of America's finest writers."--"The Denver Post""This compassionate and deeply imagined novel . . . gives the reader a strong you-were-there feeling." --"The Times-Picayune" "[Willis has] researched Blackout so thoroughly, her readers may imagine she had access to the time machine her characters use." "--The Seattle Times" "A page-turning thriller . . . Willis uses detail and period language exquisitely well, creating an engaging, exciting tale.""--Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A Second World War time-travel masterpiece. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The first chapter didn't seem to get going, but it set up a number of scenarios and characters, so let's be patient, I thought. Half-way through my patience was pretty thin, but I struggled to the end.
Ms Willis has done intense, detailed research; that shows. All the time. And that's the big problem. She lists and describes things (sometimes inaccurately), but doesn't use them to drive the narrative.
Oh, yes, the narrative. Three main characters, who have little gumption and less intelligence, bumble around pointlessly. Entry requirements to Oxford colleges have obviously declined by 2060. Although a bit wet (as 1940s speech would have it) when we first meet them, I did expect the characters to change and grow as they faced and dealt with a difficult environment. But they still hadn't sharpened up or learnt anything by the end of the book.
Tension was injected in drips and drops, not racheted up to a crisis point. You knew the three would meet - that was the only plot coherence in a book that sorely needed it.
I couldn't believe the abrupt non-end. I felt angry and cheated. I regret buying this book and will not be shelling out a single penny for any other of her books.
I could add to the lists of inaccuracies and plot errors that have been spotted, though why bother? Its full of them and clearly the publishers don't feel a little thing like that matters if you are selling a pot-boiler. It just reminded me of the story that Lord of the Flies, having been initially rejected for publication was seriously cut and reorganised by Golding's editor with his blessing. There is probably enough in ideas, plot and research to make one better novel about a third the size. It just seems the skill of editing a book to make it cogent, tighter and more accurate seems to have been lost or abandoned in favour of what can only really be classed as bulk.
If you love the first couple of chapters you are in for a treat - if not don't persevere
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.
Worse, though, are all the little details - the Underground lines which didn't exist, the use of Americans terms ( a "candy butcher" on a train from Warwickshire to London in 1940?), the sloppy use of American language (June fourth) alternating with British terms, the characters referring to "V-1" bombs - how did they know they were the first when they didn't know there would be V-2s? That's right - they didn't.
It's depressing to see reviews quoted as praising her superb accuracy, because it just isn't there. I don't really understand why she sets books in England - why must time-travellers go from Oxford in 2060 rather than, say, Harvard? She would save herself - and poor British readers - so much trouble.
I like the characters. The concept is intriguing, and I don't object to the leisurely pace. But I find myself thrown out of the story so often it's uncomfortable to read. A fanfic author would get a friend to "Brit-pick" a story in which a British setting is important. I so wish Ms Willis had done the same.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
LOVE it! So much detail. Gives an interestingly different slant on war torn U.k. Really care about the characters. Can't wait to read next book!Published 2 months ago by DeK
This is a frustrating book. It’s six hundred pages long and it stops in the middle of a scene, to be continued in the 800-page sequel. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S Litton
Oh my God. So poor. Way way way too long. Little or no jeopardy. Characters too stupid to live. And as for those two kids.....where's a gun when you need one?Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I can't believe these books won Nebula & Hugo awards, and unfortunately it was on that basis that I purchased them, rather than reading the reviews here first. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Blackout is part one of a tale concluded in part two - All Clear. You *could* read just one but would miss so much so plan on both. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JustACustomer
As a fan of Connie Willis's books, who has read and reread most of her work, I was delighted when I found this new book and bought it at once. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Monika Simon
This book was recommended to me by a friend, and on the surface it looked exactly my cup of tea. Unfortunately it was so poorly executed I found myself aggravated half to death by... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mrs. K. A. Wheatley
I was partly disappointed by this book. The initial idea was excellent and a considerable amount of research and work was invested in this project, but the final result is not so... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Maciej