Blackout and All Clear are the two volumes that constitute a science fiction novel by American author Connie Willis. Blackout was published February 2, by Spectra. The second part, the conclusion All Clear, was released as a separate book. All Clear: A Novel (Oxford Time Travel) [Connie Willis] on maroc-evasion.info All Clear: A Novel and millions of other books are available for instant access. view. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. With her trademark understated, eloquent style, Blackout (All Clear Book 1) - Kindle edition by Connie Willis.
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All Clear book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. In Blackout, award-winning author Connie Willis returned to the time-t. Blackout book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Oxford in is a chaotic place, with scores of time-traveling histor. of the Oxford Time Travel series. Blackout (All Clear, #1), All Clear (All All Clear Series. 2 primary works • 3 total Book 1 & 2. Blitz: L'intégrale. by Connie.
The backstory threads are very easily picked up: Since scores of historians have already gone back to such big events as the battle of Marathon and the French revolution without causing any upset, the official belief is that nothing they might do can change anything. But nevertheless Eileen, Mike and Polly become increasingly anxious that the timelines are being perverted. There's little overall tension, and the time-travelling historians come over as both panicky and amateurish — an undesirable combination, one might think, where timelines are lying about ready to be mucked up.
The aim is a commendable one. Despite walk-on parts by General Patton, Agatha Christie and Alan Turing, the bulk of the characters in All Clear are ordinary people getting on with their ordinary lives. It's rare to find any novel nowadays happy to pootle along gently as Willis's does here.
But the problem is that the novel lapses too often into dullness. The comedy is weak; the tragedy oddly creaky and unconvincing. Nor are the characters particularly well drawn. In particular, her cheeky cockney urchin, Alf, is so dreadful that I grimaced with displeasure whenever he appeared.
So why did this slab of Blitz pudding and time-travel custard win the Hugo? It is voted for by fans, so Willis's win reflects her popularity in the genre. That said, some UK commentators have complained about faults in her research: She has written many other good novels including previous Hugo winners Fire Watch and Domesday Book , both about the same time-travelling institute, the former also concerned with the fire-bombing of St Paul's.
And it can't be denied that the subject here, the heroism of ordinary people in testing times, is worthy and honourable.
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This book, the second half of the omnibus novel started in Blackout, isn't for everyone, but for those who are willing to immerse themselves in the story, it's absolutely mesmerizing.
Taking place during the WWII, the story jumps between several time "historians" who are time travelers from and are there to document various aspects of life during WWII. Alf and Binnie Hodbin are, without question, the naughtest children in the history of the universe, but their resourcefulness and sheer chutzpah are astonishingly entertaining. The story jumps between characters and time periods and is a bit confusing at first, but it's all sorted out in the end, so if you hang in there, you'll find out who everyone is and what happens to them all.
Connie Willis creates characters in such depth that you feel as if you're living inside their skin, especially if you listen to the audiobook while reading, which is narrated brilliantly by Katherine Kellgren. I honestly felt as if I were there in the shelters during the Blitz, living in the blackout, and dealing with the shortages and rationing.
And I recently discovered a website called Bomb Sight which shows the location of just about every bomb that fell on London during the war, which will be a wonderful resource for locations when I reread this omnibus book because I definitely will reread it; there was so much detail I lost the first time through, it will take a second reading just to have a better handle on what was going on.
I know some people find the book s tediously long, but I didn't. I didn't mind the historians' introspection -- since they couldn't reveal their true identity to the "contemps," after all -- especially since there's always a voice or three narrating life in my head, too.
If you have plenty of time to spend and really want to learn about WWII England and immerse yourself in the life of these time travelers to the past, I highly recommend Blackout and All Clear. And read them in that order or you'll be beyond hopelessly confused!
This is the first time in years I've stopped reading a book in the middle.
I bought this book in the foolish hope it would somehow pick up the pace after the first volume. As with many books, it starts slow think the whole first volume but it never redeems itself in the second. That time travelers can't make their scheduled rendezvous and then chase each other around in circles, losing and finding each other like a Keystone Cops movie is bad enough, but pages and pages repeatedly, neurotically and uselessly agonizing whether the sequence of events was still on track, puzzling endlessly how to contact the future, find numerous organized travelers, and nobody ever put a simple backup contact plan or message drop in place ahead of time - in 20th century LONDON, REALLY?
Just plain absurd. This ain't a story about a lone traveler in the Jurassic. Plot holes everywhere, and wrong opinions like the V2 "if you hear the bang, you already survived" was somehow far scarier than the 'here I come' A good editor could have chopped the thousand page two volume set into perhaps one page book easily.
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Events colluded to prevent all three from returning to their own time when they should and Michael and Merope converge on London to seek Polly's help. This second part begins with them attempting to survive the Blitz and worrying about how their actions could impact the outcome of the war. Willis rarely describes exactly how time travel works in her novels, but the concept of slippage recurs.
Slippage is when an historian arrives before or after the time to which they intended to go and, as it becomes clearer and clearer that the historians are influencing events, the head of Oxford's time travel program postulates that "it wasn't a line of defense guarding against damage we might do to the continuum. The historians must grapple with the uncertainty of chaos theory and decide what to do as it appears they are stuck in one of the most critical times in modern history.
Willis expertly researched her period and the focus on the ordinary heroism of everyday people is certainly entertaining, but the story feels rather unnecessarily long at points, as characters find their attempts to get back to their own time thwarted again and again.
Similarly, Michael's story jumps around in time a bit between "contemporary" events and those that occur later, but are connected.
This may be disconcerting for casual readers, but the connections are rewarding as they become apparent. Those who enjoy Willis' writing will find plenty to enjoy here and the story has a rewarding conclusion for those who stick through till the end. She endows her characters, even minor ones, with such life that one cannot help but become invested in them.
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