Blackout Paperback – Sep 14 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.”
“[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.”
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 previous novel, Passage, was nominated for both. Her other works include 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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In `BLACKOUT', a team of historian's are sent to study/observe the different aspects of the effect WW2 had on the lives of ordinary people who lived through the war in England. We meet Evacuated Children, London Shop Girls, Nurses and many others including the amazing ordinary hero's who attempted to rescue British Troops from Dunkirk, in fishing boats regardless of the Danger to themselves.
Unlike Doomsday, this book does not alternate between future and past, but once the time travelling historians leave their present (2060), the story remains fixed in the early 1940's during WW2 England.
Regardless of the desperate, chaotic and sometimes very frighteningly dangerous situations the Brits and the time travelling historians find themselves in, Connie Willis adds the needed humour now and then.
I felt totally immersed into the story. I felt it was very believable and I learnt how the Brits reacted to the crisis at hand and how life went on regardless. As the famous WW2 poster stated "KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON" and they certainly did. Meanwhile, the Historians are desperate to return back to the future, but because of what seems to be a technical time travelling glitch they are stranded in a very dangerous time and the fear of changing the course of history is forever present.
NEGATIVES: Yes, `BLACKOUT' is the first of two books in the series.....Read more ›
But re-reading this has been on my mind, so I had to own my own copy.
I wish I could live in this time! I even took my last holiday in Oxford and London just to see the sights from the book (and I'm from Canada) !
worth reading over and over
There is a problem with the book, and that is that it is really only the first 500 pages of an 1150 page story which was released in two books. Don't rate the books individually, rate them together.or apply the ratings system equally to both books. Do film critics, or even movie goers watch the first 45 minutes of the film then leave and write their review? (Actually they do, which is why some rather pretentious trash has been highly praised.) The second problem is that the story is very, very, VERY complex and requires you to keep track of a lot of characters as the action jumps back and forth and from story line to story line. If you need to, keep notes ;-)
This is a very well done book, with remarkable accuracy in the portrayal of Britain and the history of the period. I am an amateur specialist on the Blitz and British conduct of their war effort, and it all seems remarkably true to both social and historical fact. My Mum was Englsh and met my father during the war. I have been back a number of times, and even lived there for 5 years.
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Loved the Doomsday book but was disappointed by her other works. This one however, is almost as good as the Doomsday book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by H. Owen
Blackout is a great yarn but the reader was not pleasant to listen to, she rattles along too fast without even a pause at the end of a sentence.Published 14 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
If the zombie Nazis from Dead Snow were to finally invade England and put an end to this story I would absolutely cheer. This thing is interminable. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2013 by maven
Stay Clear of Blackout and All Clear.
I was on vacation and finished "The Sisters Brothers", a, very good read, worth every penny. Read more
Connie Willis returns to a premise she has used a few times before in "Blackout". Historians in the mid-21st century are involved in time travel to observe events in history for... Read morePublished on July 8 2012 by Dave_42
This book was a huge letdown considering the hype it received. Technical writing proficiency and meticulously researched historical accuracy were nowhere near enough to make up for... Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2011 by Sixtyliner
"Blackout" is the first half of a novel by Connie Willis. The story is
completed in "All Clear". You really need to read both books to understand the story. Read more
I loved Willis' "The Doomsday Book", "Passage" and "To Say Nothing of the Dog" and was excited to read her latest book when this was published. Read morePublished on April 6 2011 by Jane Skinner