Tuesday, February 02, 2010

New Today: Blackout by Connie Willis

Though I’m not much on novels of alternate history, Connie Willis’ latest epic, Blackout (Spectra), is really something more. A time-traveling thriller with cultural and scientific implications. Blackout is big, muscular, thoughtful and altogether terrific: a novel quite worthy of the eight year wait for the latest words from the six-time Nebula and 10-time Hugo Award-winning author.

In Blackout we meet the same time-traveling Oxford historians first encountered in Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog. This time they pop from the mid-21st century they call home to London and area during The Blitz where they become stranded at the worst possible moment.

Blackout, then, becomes the novel that shouldn’t work. The book with something for everyone that ends up working on every level. It is adventure. It is history. It is science. It is, indeed, thrilling. And it is unforgettable.

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Blogger John said...

I bought a copy yesterday in New York and am now bringing it back with me to London, where I live. I am so looking forward to curling up with Blackout this weekend. The neighbourhood of London where I live was heavily bombed in the Blitz, so every day I see the common reminders of this cataclysmic event -- in the bland 1950s buildings built alongside the surviving white stucco homes from the 1830s. It can make one feel like one is walking through history, which, of course, we all are every day whether we like it or not! If you, like me, have been waiting for the Blackout, then wait no more ... the Blackout is here.

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 7:50:00 PM PST  

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