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  • Mass Market Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra; Reprint edition (Aug. 1 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553562738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553562736
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (346 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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This book is by turns powerful, sad and silly. The time travel story taking place in the near future is a little fussy and silly; the time travel story in the medieval past feels about as true as it could without actually going back yourself. Set in plague torn England it is deeply moving. I will turn to some other books in the series at a later date; this book was worth the effort.
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Those expecting a predictable SF story may be puzzled by this novel. While ostensibly using a SF framework, this book captures the human condition as well as any work in the English lit canon. The sadness and pathos of life, the many kinds of human love, and the transcendent human spirit are all here. This is SF in the same way as The Road is SF.

In The Bleak Midwinter, Kivrin meets people of another era who are being plunged into a disaster they cannot escape, nor even begin to understand. Yet they are heart-breaking in their just being-ness. I will love (and hate them) them always, as though I'd met them myself. I believe in them completely. This is because Connie Willis somehow broke through the bounds of fiction and touched the real, hard though that is to describe.

If you read this book, you will time travel too, and find yourself in the world that is true in all times.
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By linda kerr on July 21 2014
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A really exciting read and as a historian I loved it. I have read many time travel books but never with historians as the main characters. I can't wait to start on the next one
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 4 1997
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I probably would not have finished this book if it did not win the Hugo and Nebula award. I kept on saying to myself that there must have been a reason this book won. Must have been a weak field that year. The beginning is slow, the middle is slightly interesting, the end comes abruptly.
The time travel concept was unremarkable except for the fact that if I had invented time travel, I would have required much smarter people to run the system. Most of the characters are 1 dimensional. A lot of what happens does not have the ring of plausibility. Suspense is made by having one character blatantly withholding information from the reader not once, but several times. He has very important information, but somehow he just never gets around to telling everyone about it.

Normally, I don't care if characters are 1 dimensional , just as long as it is a good read and characters behave somewhat plausibly. However, the plot moves too slow and you just don't care about the characters towards the end.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Samuelsson on Feb. 15 2011
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It's an interesting concept, but there's not really anything there. The characters are uninteresting placeholders, the plot *incredibly* slow, and several key story components are never explained, in a way that doesn't seem intentionally mysterious, just lazy. I would say the majority of the book was quite tedious. It wasn't completely terrible, and if you're in the mood for some light historical fiction with a small scope it's not a bad choice. However, all the action that takes place in the novel's "present day" is extremely bland and felt like work to read.

I was really disappointed, because I have enjoyed pretty much every Hugo-winning book I have read up to today. I finished A Fire Upon the Deep (which tied for the 1993 Hugo with The Domesday Book) recently and while it wasn't incredible, it was a far sight more interesting and suspenseful.
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BEST TIME TRAVEL TO THE PAST -ABOSORBING, FASCINATING, A BOOK I COULD READ AGAIN AND AGAIN!~

The book starts in Oxford, England in 2048 during an attack of an unknown virus...At the same time a History Student is sent back into time to complete her doctorate. (Note: Only Historian's are able to time travel in 2048). Due to effects of the virus on the transporter, the historian is accidently, transported to 14th Century England during the Black Plague. Not only is there a struggle to get the historian returned to 2048 but she must struggle to stay alive in a villiage that is ranpant with the horrors of the plague. Death and suffering is all around her. This is a very gripping, horrific and emotional story with some of the most memorable characters. I had the feeling I was living through the black death too, it felt that real! I read this book many, many years ago and have never forgotten it. Now that Connie Willis has come out with 'BLACKOUT', the same wonderful time travelling team from Oxford, I felt I must let other reader know how wonderful this book was and believe me "Blackout" is just as fab.! If you love Time Travel you will love this book!

Connie Willis has written some of the most enjoyable books I have read such as: To Say Nothing of the Dog; Bellwether; Lincoln's Dreams; Passages; Blackout; Fire watch, and many more
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It's impossible to speak about this book without mentioning THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE. Don't get me wrong---the only similarities happen to be time travel---otherwise totally different stories. BUT, for me, DOOMSDAY BOOK has a bit more going for it. The plot is this: Take one history student, say, in the year 2048, and transplant/transport THEM to England in the 14th century. Sounds simple, almost contrived---a sort of "Back to the Future," type of scenario, but again, it's not the idea but what the author does with it. In this capable writer's hands, the story comes to life as no other. I was really outright "shocked" at how well the tale was handled. No cliches here, folks. Just good writing and pacing that makes sense and keeps things moving.

Just to kick things up a notch, our time traveler arrives just as the Black Plague is getting underway. And why not? Now, all this is good and well for a nice story that will keep yo flipping the pages, but something else is happening here. There's an underlying metaphorical touch that I couldn't quite put my finger on---a veritable "this is really about something else" feeling that leads me to believe Willis is a much "deeper" writer than one might expect. No, I don't think I'm reading too much into this great tale, but you pick up a copy and decide for yourself. So many books disappoint---this isn't one of them.

Also highly recommended: TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE
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