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Blackout Oxford in is a chaotic place with scores of time traveling historians being sent into the past Michael Davies is prepping to go to Pearl Harbor Merope Ward is coping with a bunch of bratty

  • Title: Blackout
  • Author: Connie Willis
  • ISBN: 9780553803198
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback
  • Blackout By Connie Willis, Oxford in 2060 is a chaotic place, with scores of time traveling historians being sent into the past Michael Davies is prepping to go to Pearl Harbor Merope Ward is coping with a bunch of bratty 1940 evacuees and trying to talk her thesis adviser into letting her go to VE Day Polly Churchill s next assignment will be as a shopgirl in the middle of London s Blitz But noOxford in 2060 is a chaotic place, with scores of time traveling historians being sent into the past Michael Davies is prepping to go to Pearl Harbor Merope Ward is coping with a bunch of bratty 1940 evacuees and trying to talk her thesis adviser into letting her go to VE Day Polly Churchill s next assignment will be as a shopgirl in the middle of London s Blitz But now the time travel lab is suddenly canceling assignments and switching around everyone s schedules And when Michael, Merope, and Polly finally get to World War II, things just get worse For there they face air raids, blackouts, and dive bombing Stukas to say nothing of a growing feeling that not only their assignments but the war and history itself are spiraling out of control Because suddenly the once reliable mechanisms of time travel are showing significant glitches, and our heroes are beginning to question their most firmly held belief that no historian can possibly change the past.

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    1. Warning This review will be lengthy due to pure hatred.Did I ever tell you that I ve got a time machine There was a freak accident where my laptop and my lawn mower got fused together following a lightning strike, and now I can use it to travel in time It s a long story Anyhow, when I have a chance, I take the occasional trip through history Recently, I popped into London in 1940 during the Blitz to take a look around It s a fascinating time with England hanging on by its fingernails during nigh [...]

    2. UGH i dunno guys I know it won the Hugo but I m ok to have a differing opinion, right I will definitely give credit, the book is IMPECCABLY researched So much time and detail into WWII England, justavo for the research ALONE it deserved an award.But I mean, bar none, this book does NOT feel like a stand alone From my investigations the publisher split the plot in two, and it s so clunky with the ending it shows The book could TOTALLY have stood an edit pass that took out tomes of unnecessary inf [...]

    3. Sometimes, if it takes you 10 years to write a book, you just shouldn t Willis has a writing tick that absolutely annoys me, but in the past, I ve been able to mainly ignore it because the storylines have been good But her annoying writing tick overwhelms any story that was to be had in this book The tick I m speaking of is her tendency to talk about every mundane humdrum thing and to catch up every personality less character that walks in the room concerning these mundane humdrum things In Doom [...]

    4. Oh, I m such a liar This wasn t three stars, it was two While I love some of Connie s other works, this one doesn t work for me Logically inept, grossly meandering and strongly in need of some editing While I liked pieces of the storyline, as a whole it lacked enough coherence to be enjoyable.

    5. Blackout All Clear.The two books are really one novel thanks, publishers, for getting me to pay double so there s no reason to talk about them separately.They re also part of Willis time travel series, although they re not advertised as such I really wouldn t recommend starting with these books I feel that a lot of the questions and criticism of these books that I see in other reviews stems from the likelihood that readers haven t read the other books in the series The Doomsday Book, To Say Noth [...]

    6. The past is a foreign country they do things differently there L P Hartley Say GRRRR it helps soothe the pain S GatlandGRRRRRRR.I have to give Blackout a very mixed review Wonderful as it was to read, it s either supremely na ve or grandly arrogant to assume you don t have to introduce PLOT to a thriller until page 254 It is true that I enjoyed reading the first 90,000 words or so that s a decent novel s worth of words , I enjoyed the characters and the premise and all the little unrelated incid [...]

    7. A warning This book has no proper ending It was meant to be the first half of a book but the publisher divided it into two books and Blackout is the first half All Clear is the second book second half of the book Definitely have All Clear on hand to read immediately after this book I finished this book and started the next the same day and that s the way to do it I deliberately read this slowly so there wouldn t be a gap before I could read the next book.I was completely enthralled This book is [...]

    8. I have a very short list of authors whose work I eagerly await Connie Willis just stepped off that list with this turkey This book cuts off abruptly with a promo for the second book, but if it had been decently edited the whole mess would have fit in one volume Three incompetent characters are dropped into WW2 London by obviously incompetent staffers Before they even left I was thinking that I wouldn t let these dingbats put me on a bus, much less a time machine These folks are supposed to check [...]

    9. Christmas 2010 I realised that I had got stuck in a rut I was re reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works Something had to be done.On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci Fi award That s 35 books, 6 of which I d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a fat [...]

    10. Time travel is a sexy science fiction trope It s right up there with faster than light travel the two are, in fact, inextricably related, and chances are you if you invent one then you ll have invented both as something that, as far as our current understanding of the universe works, is impossible There are some fascinating loopholes involving wormholes and general relativity, but in order to get it working you need metric shit joules of energy and something called exotic matter, and it would pr [...]

    11. Connie Willis created a beautiful piece of time travel historical fiction with Blackout Depending on how you want to look at this book it is either the first book in the All Clear series or the third installment of the Oxford Time Travel series Blackout includes characters from The Doomsday Book with Colin Templar and Mr Dunworthy They are not the stars of this double decker novel but they do play very important roles Blackout revolves around three historians from the future sent to observe diff [...]

    12. I am, in general, a big fan of Connie Willis Not every book has struck me exactly right, but I do enjoy them And this series of time travel books tend to be enjoyable, although they vary wildly, from a door slamming farce to wrench your heart out, leave you in tears Black Death Romps So I was excited to start the first of two books that won the Hugo a few years ago.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this [...]

    13. I love Willis novels, with time travelling anthropologists getting into all kinds of mischief in their historical setting, complicated by love and feelings of responsibility, I d have given it 5 stars if she hadn t forced me to wait six months for the second half of the story

    14. After 1 hour and forty minutes of the audiobook I am a person stuck firmly in reality I knew when I started this that it was a time travel book I figured I could ignore this aspect, but this is proving much harder than I expected I am having huge problems All this about slipping into drop sites, about language implants, divergent points and slippage It is hard to ignore SO much detail I feel like I have been dropped into a movie, with people dashing around right and left The setting is stress fi [...]

    15. The hype of Connie Willis Blackout fell short The story sets place in Oxford 2060 and World War II England This was my first Willis novel and perhaps some of my complaints are due to my lack of knowledge in her description of time travel I am not clear as to why Dumbledore Mr Dunworthy is frantically sending his 20something historians out to observe WWII England in such a chaotic and disorganized fashion Their assignments durations and details tend to change abruptly and for no clear cut reason [...]

    16. 2016 July 14I love these books so much Stories about women in wartime are catnip to me But this book, in which the daily struggle to keep calm and carry on is so hard for Britons it gives me all the feels, but also hope for humanity.2013 January 12010 March 14It was everything I could do not to start this so far ahead of its proper turn in the stack Just saying My, what a big book But such an enormous pleasure Much of the time, after turning the last page on a 500 page book, and discovering a no [...]

    17. October update Bump from 4 to 5 stars, when read along with the next book, All Clear.Typically good writing from Connie Willis, and a riveting story or half of a riveting story, at least This is the first half of a long novel, and seems chopped off rather than deliberately crafted to be the first volume of a duology I look forward to the next book, and I almost wish I had waited to read this one until it was available The rushed and disorganized Oxford historians of the future with their time tr [...]

    18. More in the line of Doomsday Book History students from 2060 Oxford pursue their studies through time travel, this time to the blitz.I would be so bad at time travel Willis has this incredibly busy, fussy, flustered style, all run to the lab three overlapping conversations run to the library get a form signed Time travel Bombs falling Missing lipstick It can be very funny in places, and incredibly evocative of Oxford academia in particular I should know, though for fuck s sake, we had cell phone [...]

    19. I know I said I was going to try Connie Willis work again I know I was even going to try To Say Nothing Of the Dog And I know that I did quite like Doomsday Book, and definitely liked some of her short stories But I just keep bouncing off, and okay, maybe it s a case of it s not you, it s me , but that doesn t mean I need to keep hitting my head against it, right See, the historical content is interesting If you accept the fact that communication is difficult because her future Oxford has no cel [...]

    20. These books stress me out so badly Everyone is forever running around interrupting each other talking over one another no one knows what the hell is going on no one knows where Mr Dunworthy is ever goddammit, then they head back in time anyway of course everything is all f ed up B swears that All Clear is really good I adore reading about the Blitz, but I swear, if there s any standing around in a department stores chatting about what we ve all been Up To while bombs are falling you know that th [...]

    21. Ugh.These characters are so stupid.So let s get this straight These are supposed to be time traveling historians From Oxford, no less And at least one out of the three main characters is supposed to be a seasoned time traveler And yet, as I was reading this, I was baffled time and again by their utter lack of knowledge on the time period to which they were traveling Wouldn t you do some research first And by some, I mean months and months And months And you re supposed to be a HISTORIAN If I, as [...]

    22. Fifty years in our future, time traveling Oxford historians studying key moments early in the Second World War become stranded in time in various locales around England Like the contemporaries they are assigned to observe, the historians increasingly feel the weight of impending doom Doubt seeps into their belief that the continuum, the embodiment of a chaotic system, prevents damage or alteration to the time line a self correcting system The butterfly effect, aptly referenced with the catch ph [...]

    23. I can t do it any I made it to page 250, but I can t read another page I just can t do it I refuse to subject myself to its badness any Why should I Why should I torture myself This book is bad That it won the Hugo and Nebula awards straight up blows my mind KERPOWWWW my brains are mush It d be like if Transformers 3 had won the Oscar for Best Picture or if Kermit the Frog was elected president of the United States.You know all that mundane, boring stuff that never gets shown in movies Like befo [...]

    24. Colin is upset It s 2060 and the lad skips class to search the Oxford campus desperately for Mr Dunsworthy The porter, Mr Purdy, tells Colin that the professor is in research The professor s secretary Eddritch is much closed lipped, but when Colin tries the lab, the director Badri and the tech Linna are far too busy sending researchers through time At least, they re supposed to be doing this Schedules are being reshuffled at the last minute, you see Michael has trained to be sent back to Pearl [...]

    25. I waited a full year to read this, after having heard that it ends on an abrupt cliff hanger I finished it last night, and tonight will begin the next.The surface plot is a difficult one, or challenging basically, a number of people running around trying to find one another, or to get to their drop Three of them are caught in England in 1940, as the Blitz and the V rocket bombings began The driving mechanism is appearing slowly, only acknowledged at the very end of this one this isn t a spoiler [...]

    26. I m already planning to put this on the hours I will never get back shelf Crazy thing is that I will finish it and probably listen to the second book, because it only costs one Audible credit and it s better than a punch in the throat for the 2 hours each day I commute Were this not set in a historical time and place of which I cannot get enough, I d have canned it long ago The main characters are whining douches from the future The contemps as they call the Londoners of 1940 are resolute, funny [...]

    27. Well, I was warned Blackout despite it s almost 500 pages is not a book it s half a book The story ends abruptly with not so much as a hint of a conclusion for the first half Typically, Willis it was a excellent tale with many interwoven threads, but it gets no better rating than a three In fact, having read All Clear, I m downgrading Blackout to two stars Skip this one and go straight to All Clear The storytelling is typical Willis excellent, but the plot is not credible If the time travel folk [...]

    28. This review originally appeared on RevolutionSF Let me start you out with a warning that I wish I had gotten before I started reading Connie Willis s latest Blackout is half a novel Not part one of a two parter literally the first half of a novel whose concluding half, All Clear, will not be available until mid October 2010 So if you re one of those crazy readers who actually likes an ending for your novels, you might want to wait until All Clear is released and buy them both together That way y [...]

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