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Publisher Description

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.

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.

Praise for Doomsday Book

“A stunning novel that encompasses both suffering and hope. . . . The best work yet from one of science fiction’s best writers.”The Denver Post

“Splendid work—brutal, gripping and genuinely harrowing, the product of diligent research, fine writing and well-honed instincts, that should appeal far beyond the normal science-fiction constituency.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“The world of 1348 burns in the mind’s eye, and every character alive that year is a fully recognized being. . . . It becomes possible to feel . . . that Connie Willis did, in fact, over the five years Doomsday Book took her to write, open a window to another world, and that she saw something there.”The Washington Post Book World

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
August 1
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Dwardeng ,

Historical Science Fiction

This is a time travel story that allows Willis to explore the presented time period. It's well written and detailed. It was a bit slow at times for me, but I'm glad I read it.

PapaDoc75 ,

Just Don’t

Endless tedium. I cannot fathom how this novel was ever published, let alone lavished with awards. I heroically slogged through the first half before coming to grips with the fact that it Wasn’t. Getting. Any. Better.

Phisto Phury ,

Tedious and Annoying

I’m sorry, but I don’t understand why this book has receive so many awards. It seems like the entire book is about nightmarish attempts to try to find somebody. Everybody’s always looking for somebody else. And when they finally find them, they don’t get the answers are looking for. Literally, certain characters are looking for other characters during the entire book without finding them.

I read 9/10 of the book and then just finally gave up. I was thinking of only giving this book one star, but it deserves to stars because it is actually scientifically accurate on many points. Unfortunately, I would never recommend this book to a friend.

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