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Doomsday Book (1992)

de Connie Willis

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Sèrie: Oxford Time Travel series (1)

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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.… (més)
  1. 274
    To Say Nothing of the Dog de 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. 163
    Blackout de Connie Willis (bell7)
    bell7: Some characters return in this story, set in 1944 England, and involving similar themes of how people react in a crisis.
  3. 121
    Year of Wonders de Geraldine Brooks (labfs39)
  4. 102
    Eifelheim de 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 Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century de 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.
  6. 70
    The Door into Summer de Robert A. Heinlein (Kichererbse)
  7. 51
    Station Eleven de Emily St. John Mandel (Rubbah)
    Rubbah: Both amazing books featuring dangerous flu like viruses and how people cope in emergency situations
  8. 40
    Replay de Ken Grimwood (Kichererbse)
  9. 30
    Kindred de Octavia E. Butler (Usuari anònim)
  10. 20
    Just One Damned Thing After Another de Jodi Taylor (Aug3Zimm)
    Aug3Zimm: Time travel to the past as part of educational study
  11. 10
    The Years of Rice and Salt de Kim Stanley Robinson (sturlington)
  12. 87
    La Màquina del temps de H. G. Wells (JGolomb)
  13. 10
    The Annals of Ireland de Friar John Clyn (the_awesome_opossum)
    the_awesome_opossum: The Annals of Ireland was referenced and quoted a few times in Doomsday Book
  14. 00
    11/22/63 de Stephen King (Othemts)
  15. 00
    La pesta de Albert Camus (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Two books that depict how communities deal with plagues.
  16. 12
    Company of Liars de Karen Maitland (Othemts)
  17. 34
    Rescat en el temps : 1999-1357 de Michael Crichton (labrick)
  18. 02
    The Time Ships de Stephen Baxter (JGolomb)
  19. 13
    Wolf Hall de Hilary Mantel (Usuari anònim)
    Usuari anònim: This is another book that really brings a period of history to life around you.
  20. 49
    World War Z de Max Brooks (cmbohn)

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With the Covid pandemic trauma, I thought, "Why not make it worse and re-read this book?" It took me four months to finally get the courage to do it. I am wrecked once again.

What I had not remembered was that the the circumstance that led to the mess-up that stranded the time-traveling historian in the past was an eerily similar circumstance to ours: Set in the year 2054 some time after a worldwide pandemic (say, 2020?), a novel virus and resulting epidemic and quarantine shuts down the university that was running the time travel. Topics suddenly more familiar that were thoroughly worked into the story: contact tracing, gene sequencing of the virus, development of vaccines. ( )
  JudyGibson | Jan 26, 2023 |
First sentence: Mr. Dunworthy opened the door to the laboratory and his spectacles promptly steamed up.
"Am I too late?" he said, yanking them off and squinting at Mary.
"Shut the door," she said. "I can't hear you over the sound of those ghastly carols."
Dunworthy closed the door, but it didn't completely shut out the sound of "O Come, All Ye Faithful" wafting in from the quad. "Am I too late?" he said again.

Premise/plot: In a world where historians learn their subject firsthand by time travel, Kivrin, our heroine--one of them--is sent to the middle ages to learn just "how exaggerated" (according to her professor/advisor Gilchrist) the accounts of the Black Death were. That's spinning it a bit. Kivrin is there to LEARN and OBSERVE and ABSORB. Technically, she's to be sent to 1320--the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany season in OXFORD. But that's if all goes according to plan and there are no mix-ups or mistakes. Mr. Dunworthy, our hero, has a bad feeling that those in charge of the project are incapable and incompetent and imbeciles. The book opens moments before she is sent back in time....it isn't long before Dunworthy has reason to panic...

But this book isn't about one man's panic--his helicopter teaching, if you will. It is about TWO pandemics. One is set in the present of 2054. This pandemic requires a quarantine, contact tracing, mask-wearing, and safety protocols. With it comes toilet paper shortages--along with soap! The present story line is full of mystery and action. The other is set in the past--the Black Death. There is a theme of helplessness in both.

My thoughts: Doomsday Book by Connie Willis is one of my favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite books. This is my SIXTH time to read and review it. I last reviewed it in 2020. I love and adore this book so much. It is set during Christmas/Epiphany. It's just a book that calls out to me every year to reread. I started it in December of 2022, but didn't finish up until this past weekend! ( )
1 vota blbooks | Jan 9, 2023 |
In 2054 Oxford, England, the college town still has bicycles, pubs, and intramural fighting amongst the professors; but it also features a "time machine" of sorts (actually more like a Star Trek transporter, but with additional time fixes instead of just places/space coordinates). One of the students from Mediaeval (college/department) has convinced various professors to have her trained to go back to the fourteenth century and, during the Advent season, succeeds in being delivered to a time of Old English, kirtles and Roman Catholicism. Unfortunately, instead of landing in the relatively safe year of 1320, Kirven ends up in the year 1348--- at the onset of The Plague in England. The research and the dual timelines are well done; the characters well developed, credible and relatable; the descriptions of place, and atmosphere, vivid and; overall the story is emotionally engaging. Highly recommend with the only caveat being that this does deal with deadly pandemics and graphic descriptions of the symptoms & deaths of plagues victims. ( )
  Tanya-dogearedcopy | Dec 28, 2022 |
Interesting book involving time travel & disease. The book tells the story of Kivrin's journey into the past, alongside a crisis from the time where she came (2050s). I tended to prefer the sections following Kivrin. I agree with another reviewer that it gets better toward the end, though I personally still found the beginning to be engaging enough. Some of the characters were insufferable - I get why they had to have their unlikable traits, otherwise the plot would not have worked. But I still found it difficult to read parts involving these characters. Overall, though, I really enjoyed this novel ( )
  brp6kk | Dec 24, 2022 |
I got through about half of this on audio before switching to e-book and doing it basically as homework, reading a certain amount each day to get through it before my digital checkout expired.
Why would I do this to myself? I normally wouldn't, but enough people who share my reading tastes, including my husband, really loved this book, and I just had to see if it would get better if I read it for long enough.
And it did.
About 450 pages or so into the story.
So 70-75% of the book was boring and repetitive, and then I liked it a little more after the plot got moving.
The way the characters reacted to their situations, in both time settings, made perfect sense. People do tend to think and do the same things over and over, especially in the middle of a crisis. But to read about people doing the same things over and over and thinking the same things over and over is not interesting to me.
Here is what happened, again and again, for the first big chunk of the book:

1. Dunworthy had a frustrating experience with a telephone.
2. Gilchrist reminded someone he's acting Head.
3. Colin examined his gobstopper or referred to something as "necrotic" or "apocalyptic."
4. Kivrin wondered where the Drop was.
5. Badri woke up, muttered something unhelpful, and fell back asleep.

The reason I quit the audio version is because, while otherwise quite good, the reader had a slower pace than I was willing to endure, given how bored I was.

The emotional turn the plot took at the end and the daring rescue bumped this from a 1-star rating to a 2-star for me, but that's it. I like a daring rescue as much as the next guy, and I liked seeing Dunworthy and the gang work together to rescue Kivrin. It was still too little too late. ( )
  Harks | Dec 17, 2022 |
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Willis, Connieautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Brumm, WalterTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Carella, MariaDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gibbs, ChristopherDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Jacobus, TimAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kapočiūtė, AnitaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kastel,RogerAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kuittinen, TeroTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Marín Trechera, RafaelTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Martiniere, StephanAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ponziot, J.M.Autor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Pugi, Jean-PierreTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
RailleDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Richter, TonDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Roberts, AdamIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Sargent, PamelaIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Sohár, AnikóTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Sterlin, JennyNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Törnqvist, EvastinaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
van Son, TomTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Vanderstelt, JerryIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Youll, Jamie S. WarrenDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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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.
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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.

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