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All Clear [Paperback]

Connie Willis
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Book Description

Oct. 25 2011

Winner of the Nebula Award

Traveling back in time, from Oxford circa 2060 into the thick of World War II, was a routine excursion for three British historians eager to study firsthand the heroism and horrors of the Dunkirk evacuation and the London Blitz. But getting marooned in war-torn 1940 England has turned Michael Davies, Merope Ward, and Polly Churchill from temporal tourists into besieged citizens struggling to survive Hitler’s devastating onslaught. And now there’s more to worry about than just getting back home: The impossibility of altering past events has always been a core belief of time-travel theory—but it may be tragically wrong. When discrepancies in the historical record begin cropping up, it suggests that one or all of the future visitors have somehow changed the past—and, ultimately, the outcome of the war. Meanwhile, in 2060 Oxford, the stranded historians’ supervisor, Mr. Dunworthy, frantically confronts the seemingly impossible task of rescuing his students—three missing needles in the haystack of history. The thrilling time-tripping adventure that began with Blackout now hurtles to its stunning resolution in All Clear.


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“Enthralling . . . a story so packed with thrills, comedy, drama and a bit of red herring that the result is apt to satisfy the most discriminating, and hungry, reader.”—The Denver Post

“[Connie] Willis can tell a story like no other. . . . One of her specialties is sparkling, rapid-fire dialogue; another, suspenseful plotting; and yet another, dramatic scenes so fierce that they burn like after-images in the reader’s memory.”—The Village Voice

“Ambitious, and moving . . . with a lovely twist at the end.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
 
“[Willis’s] re-creation of wartime England is meticulous, energetic and exhaustive.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
“[A] tour de force.”—The Charlotte Observer

About the Author

Connie Willis, who was recently inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, has received six Nebula awards and ten Hugo awards for her fiction; her novel Passage was nominated for both. Her other works include Blackout, Doomsday Book, Lincoln’s Dreams, Bellwether, Impossible Things, Remake, Uncharted Territory, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Fire Watch, and Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. Connie Willis lives in Colorado with her family.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Loved book 1 Aug. 18 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
But found this one overly long and very redundant. A bit of a waste of time, especially as the main characters and story lines are well established and need no elaboration.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Return From World War II July 9 2012
By Dave_42 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
In "All Clear", Connie Willis finishes the story she started in "Blackout". "All Clear" was published on October 19th, 2010. Somewhat longer than the first installment, "Blackout", the pace of the story is consistent and there are no major changes in how the tale progresses. The combination of "Blackout" and "All Clear" won the 2011 Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards and they were also a finalist for the 2011 Campbell Memorial award and finished 7th on the SF Site Poll for 2011. Neither of these books can stand on their own, so treating them as a single work is the obviously correct choice.

By itself, "All Clear" is nearly 650 pages, so one can understand the decision to split it into two volumes. However, there was another choice which should have been considered, and that would have been to edit it down to a more manageable length, which would also have helped with the pace of the overall story. In reading both books, I felt that it would have been better to make some cuts, and lose a bit of the wonderful research material, to benefit the overall work. I can't point to any specific part that should have been cut, but rather it would have been a decision made at a higher level to edit and handle the material in a different matter, rather than simply cutting chapters from the current books.

The excess material and slow pace do not destroy this work, but they do turn what could have been an amazing work into something which is rather average. Specifically, by the time the cause of the issues facing the time travelers is resolved, it is anti-climatic and had about zero impact. When I compare that feeling to what I had after reading Willis' other works, it just doesn't measure up to her best works. Of course, these books did take home the major awards, so feel free to ignore my input, or better yet read the books and make up your own mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Clear April 19 2012
By Gillian
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Read Black Out first had to read All Clear,
fascinating account of the blitz and love time travel. Great read !
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