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Doomsday Book (1992)

by Connie Willis

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Series: Oxford Time Travel series (1)

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  1. 224
    To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (amberwitch, Othemts, Patangel)
    amberwitch: A much lighter story set in the same universe.
    Othemts: To Say Nothing of the Dog is a more light-hearted time travel adventure which is sort of a sequel to Doomsday Book. Both are excellent, enjoyable novels.
  2. 142
    Blackout by Connie Willis (bell7, loriephillips)
    bell7: Some characters return in this story, set in 1944 England, and involving similar themes of how people react in a crisis.
  3. 102
    Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (labfs39)
  4. 92
    Eifelheim by Michael Flynn (Ape)
    Ape: Far from identical stories, but both are sci-fi takes on the black death (Eifelheim: Aliens, Doomsday Book: Time Travel.) There are numerous similarities, and I think if you like one the other might be worth looking into.
  5. 70
    The Door into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein (Kichererbse)
  6. 50
    The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century by Ian Mortimer (Sakerfalcon)
    Sakerfalcon: A non-fiction book about everyday life in C14th England, written as though you the reader are there. Kivrin would have found this essential reading to prepare for her journey into the past.
  7. 30
    Replay by Ken Grimwood (Kichererbse)
  8. 20
    Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Rubbah)
    Rubbah: Both amazing books featuring dangerous flu like viruses and how people cope in emergency situations
  9. 76
    The Time Machine by H. G. Wells (JGolomb)
  10. 10
    The Annals of Ireland by Friar John Clyn (the_awesome_opossum)
    the_awesome_opossum: The Annals of Ireland was referenced and quoted a few times in Doomsday Book
  11. 11
    Company of Liars by Karen Maitland (Othemts)
  12. 00
    The Plague by Albert Camus (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Two books that depict how communities deal with plagues.
  13. 02
    Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: This is another book that really brings a period of history to life around you.
  14. 02
    The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter (JGolomb)
  15. 47
    World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks (cmbohn)
  16. 15
    Timeline by Michael Crichton (labrick)
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Fairly good and very detailed time travel story. A bit too repetitive at times, with some characters that are a bit too caricature-like. Although essential to the story, the many telecomm problems or challenges experienced by the main characters are a bit hard to believe given that this part of the story takes place in the future, so you would imagine that the situation would have improved compared to today from that point of view. ( )
  Guide2 | May 5, 2016 |
I would have rated this book higher, except for the EXASPERATING loops that feel like they are just there to drive the reader insane. I feel sure that the publishing world wouldn't allow that these days. But, when the story finally got to the point, it was brilliant. I see why this is on the list of ever serious SF reader, and it ought to be added to the lists of great historical novels, too. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
Kivrin, an historian at Oxford, is mistakenly sent back through time to 1348 - to the eve of the Black Plague outbreak in Europe. The story is told via alternating viewpoints as her professor in 2048 London attempts to correct the mistake.

The story well-done and very interesting. I recommend it.

I would definitely read more by Connie Willis. ( )
  bhabeck | Mar 6, 2016 |
Plague! Time travel! Mystery! Romance! Quirky characters and fast-paced dialog! It's all here, in one engaging package! ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
An excellent book! Allows the reader to "experience" the medieval period and in particular, the horrible (and futile) battle against the black plague, when a modern Oxford scholar (in the year 2054) is transported back to the year 1348. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Connie Willisprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carella, MariaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jacobus, TimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kuittinen, TeroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marín Trechera, RafaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sterlin, JennyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
van Son, TomTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vanderstelt, JerryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Youll, Jamie S. WarrenCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"And lest things which should be remembered perish with time and vanish from the memory of those who are to come after us, I, seeing so many evils and the whole world, as it were, placed within the grasp of the Evil One, being myself as if among the dead, I, waiting for death, have put into writing all the things that I have witnessed.
    And, lest the writing should perish with the writer and the work fail with the laborer, I leave parchment to continue this work, if perchance any man and any of the race of Adam escape this pestilence and carry on the work which I have begun . . . "
                                                                Brother John Clyn,
                                                                                    1349
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To Laura and Cordelia - my Kivrins
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Mr. Dunworthy opened the door to the laboratory and his spectacles promptly steamed up.
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I'm in a lot of trouble, Mr. Dunworthy. I don't know where I am, and I can't speak the language. Something's gone wrong with the interpreter. I can understand some of what the contemps say, but they can't understand me at all. And that's not the worst of it. I've caught some sort of disease. I don't know what it is.
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Connie Willis labored five years on this story of a history student in 2048 who is transported to an English village in the 14th century. The student arrives mistakenly on the eve of the onset of the Black Plague. Her dealings with a family of "contemps" in 1348 and with her historian cohorts lead to complications as the book unfolds into a surprisingly dark, deep conclusion. The book, which won Hugo and Nebula Awards, draws upon Willis' understanding of the universalities of human nature to explore the ageless issues of evil, suffering and the indomitable will of the human spirit.

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A grim story of a 21st century academic marooned in a 14th century English village being ravaged by the Black Death. Willis' story is the greatest post-modern time travel story of them all, a novel that combines a genre work with all the required components and a tour de force piece of storytelling.… (more)

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