Doomsday Book

Doomsday Book

by Connie Willis
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Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553562736
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1993
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 77,982
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

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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Doomsday Book 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 153 reviews.
epow50 More than 1 year ago
It takes a while to get into this book, but it is a real look into the middle ages, not a fairy tale. I had more of a problem with the present, or futuristic part of the book. While the characters were charming, it seemed more like the seventies instead of 2054. The fact that there was time travel was the only thing that made it seem futuristic. When you finally start to realize what is happening, you can't put it down.
Joel_M More than 1 year ago
In this book, set in the not-too-distant future, historians from Oxford University have a time machine which they use to study history firsthand (a number of Willis' other books are set in this same world). A young historian named Kivrin goes back to the Middle Ages and things begin to go wrong. A mysterious plague rages through Oxford while she is trapped in medieval England during a plague. The parts of the story taking place in Oxford have some humorous elements thanks to a few ridiculous (but believable) characters and Willis' witty narrative style, but the parts of the story set in Medieval England are pretty unremittingly dark...I loved it even though it was depressing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this for a college lit class and it quickly became my favorite book. 15 years and many books later, it is still my all-time favorite book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The way Connie Willis blends the story of the "present" and "past" in this book is not only brilliant, it keeps you on edge while also playing with your emotions. Definitely recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall I liked the story, but it took a while for it to gain momentum.
Anonymous 12 months ago
The story is so well written. It does get a little frustrating switching story lines back and forth but the story is so worth it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything is good! Characters, pace and suspense, historical accuracy, writing technique, and a well developed universe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally compelling!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. This was written 20+ years ago and is set in 2055 and during the plague in Europe. It was interesting to see what the author got correct and totally missed re: future tech. Obviously nailed the time of the Black Death and symptoms, living conditions.
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This is one of the best books I have ever read..Loved it from start to finish and will read it again...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a lover of history and a nurse this hits every button for me. I was fascinated from the begining, and my interest never lagged. This gives a vivid picture of life in the middle ages. The surroundings are so different from our highly organized lifes, but people's pettiness and kindnesses are much the same. The mother-in-law is classic. The burocracy found in the future time is equally classic. I deeply enjoyed this book so much that I bought it for my nook, despite having it available for my nook from my local library. That's love.
BookGirlR81 More than 1 year ago
          Historians using time travel as a means of research is a fascinating idea.  In Doomsday Book historians become adventurous heroes and survivors.  History becomes real as Kivrin struggles to survive so far away from home.  I loved this book so much that for two days I talked about nothing else.  I talked about Doomsday Book at work and at home nonstop.  And then, when I finished it, I stopped talking about it because I was sad it was over.  I now also own Blackout and All Clear.  Even if you aren’t a fan of time travel you will love Doomsday Book.  The writing of Connie Willis is wonderfully complex and the story will draw you in and refuse to let you go.  Go read it now.  You won’t regret it.  
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The story wasn't all that interesting to me. I kept expecting something big to happen and it never did. I knew what was going to happen long before it did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DEserves ten stars! Don't waste time reading reviews when you could be engrossed in this stupendous well crafted well written wonderful story! Sit down,get comfy and get lost in this book, best read I 've had in ages-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story but slow moving with too much extemporaneous information.
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I absolutely loved this story. Couldnt put it down