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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.

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.

From the Paperback edition.

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The Doomsday Book
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Doomsday Book
November 8th, 2015
Excellently researched and written. Well worth reading. Not as much fun to read as "To Say Nothing Of The Dog", but that is only because of the setting of the story.
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Dooms Day Book
September 17th, 2015
I really enjoyed this book. It was riveting and I did not want to put it down. Kept me interested until the very end.
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July 11th, 2015
Written in her characteristic style, author Connie Willis writes of the beauty and heartbreak of life in the 1300's counterposed against a future in which bureaucracy, epidemic, and the nobilities and pettinesses of people in both 14th and 21st centuries are shared.
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