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All Clear Paperback – Oct 25 2011
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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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The story continues and part 2 is just rewarding as part 1. I loved "Blackout" (Please see my review of Blackout) and I love part 2 "All Clear" just as much. Never have I read a book, which is so vivid that it make you feel as if you are really there, that you are experience everything the wonderful characters are experiencing. So many emotions are experienced when reading these two books. The historical knowledge that the reader gains is also valuable. I only wish these two books/one story, could have continued. Really they couldn't be long enough for my liking! Every moment experience in this story is interesting and believable. The great characters are solid and also quite believable. Their experience during WW2 were so real and moving in this book, I felt as if I was there with them. It made me want to learn more about peoples experience and the effect of WW2 had on those involved. My parents lived thru the war and my father lived in East London and experienced the Blitz. His home was hit twice by bombs. This book really made me understand what they and others really went through during this war.
Her earlier time travel book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, was better. A gem in fact.
It is 2060 in Oxford. Time travel is begin used by historians to observe and document key events in human history (though some are so critical time travellers are not allowed near). 3 students have gone back to observe World War 2. Merope (Eileen) is in the British countryside taking care of war evacuees. Polly is watching the blitz as a shopgirl in London, and Michael is watching the evacuation of Dunkirk. All three complete their assignments when it becomes clear that the time travel drops to take them home are malfunctioning. They are all stuck in the middle of one of the deadliest wars in human history, with only a limited knowledge of upcoming bombings and troop movements.
I love the balance Willis has struck between the science fiction and historical elements in these books. On one side, the time travellers have an advantage over the contemporaries in that, for the time they were scheduled to be in the past, they have memorized which areas of the country get bombed and burned, so they are pre warned, for a while, of where is safe. On the downside, they live in fear of inadvertently changing the course of history. Time travel is supposed to prevent paradoxes and major changes to history, but small, worrying discrepancies start showing up. Each character experiences World War II both through the eyes of the people around them in the time period, and as a historian with the knowledge of the 21st century.
Willis does a great job of taking readers through the terror and tedium of being in London during the Blitz. People are terrified for their lives as bombs reign down, but also have to cope with how boring it is to be stuck in the dark every evening with nothing to do.Read more ›
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An excellent sequel to "Black Out". The research that Willis employs is unbelievable. You have to think that some of the anecdotes are actually taken from real life... Read morePublished 10 months ago by rick whiteley
An epigone of time travel stories ! Connie Willis makes the lives of her characters complicated and real. Her stories can be read and re-read !Published 16 months ago by Pierre Corbeil
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.Published on Aug. 18 2013 by Ian Reid
In "All Clear", Connie Willis finishes the story she started in "Blackout". "All Clear" was published on October 19th, 2010. Read morePublished on July 9 2012 by Dave_42