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review 2017-12-13 03:04
Doomsday Book - Connie Willis

So historians in 2054 have time travel tech and use it to travel back and study the past. In this story a young historian, Kivrin, convinces the history department at her college to let her travel back to 1320, but what they don't know is that she has been infected with a new strain of flu. She is accidentally sent to 1348 when the Black Plague starts in Oxford where she is deathly ill for days and almost dies. In the present the new flu strain causes an epidemic killing many people before a vaccine is developed.

 

This is paralleled by Kivrin watching everyone in the village she is visiting die horrible deaths from the plaque. And Willis's description is pretty graphic. To make matters worse since Kivrin is sent to the wrong year she is almost lost in the past.

 

While this story was a little long winded with some of the descriptions, etc. the story is really good. It jumps back and forth between Kivrin in the past and the people in the present dealing with the flu epidemic and trying to figure out how to get her back. I wonder if Willis was having a crisis of faith while writing this book as she is very detailed in her description of how people in 1348 felt that God had abandoned them, all except Father Roche, the village priest and the last to die. Kivrin even had a recorder embedded in her wrist that was activated when she puts her hands in an attitude of prayer. Kivrin even at times railed against God about not taking someone and the railing against Him about just getting it over and putting someone out of their misery.

 

All in all a great story and highly recommended.

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review 2017-11-22 20:02
Rendezvous with Rama - Arthur C. Clarke

I read this book a long time ago and remembered it fondly so I decided to re-read it. I enjoyed it just as much, if not more, this time around. I haven't read the following 2 books, but I can't wait.

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review 2017-03-28 21:11
The Claw of the Conciliator - Gene Wolfe

I really like this story of the continuing adventures of Severian. However, if you read the first book, The Shadow of the Torturer, you probably came away with a multitude of questions but don't expect to have them answered in this second book. There there are some things where you may see a glimmer of an answer and start to get an idea for what's going on, but nothing becomes absolutely clear. And as another reviewer pointed out (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/205947975?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1) keep a dictionary handy. I'm looking forward to reading the next book.

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review 2014-09-03 14:02
Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie

New Review! ANCILLARY JUSTICE by Ann Leckie

 

http://tinyurl.com/olvy4oy

 

It won the 5 big SF awards: Hugo, Nebula, BSFA, Arthur C. Clarke, Locus! Groundbreaking stuff! So why am I reading while yawning. Unimpressed.

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review 2014-08-23 16:18
Some stories are necessary. This is one of those.
The Man Who Bridged the Mist - Kij Johnson

THE MAN WHO BRIDGED THE MIST won the Hugo and the Nebula Awards for Best Novella of 2011. It deserved them both. Kij Johnson wrote a beautiful, necessary story.

 

http://tinyurl.com/qjyy7b9

 

Praise is all I can offer her; encouragement to read it and as soon as possible is what I offer you. I don't think you'll be sorry.

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