Doomsday Book is a quality story with a developed theme and good production.
I think one of my favorite things about the book are the parallels with the Christmas story and the parallel characters from "real time" compared with the historical period.
She does a good job with narration and listening to the story allows me to follow the book even when driving in the car.
This is not a book for one sitting. It is lengthy for one thing, and the material especially toward the end is heavy and difficult to process all at once.
There are pros and cons depending on what you are looking for in a book--
1. The lengthy portion at the end of the book revolving around graphic images of death was difficult for me to process. I have worked in a hospital setting for over 25 years so I am not squeamish but this section of the book pushed beyond what I would have liked. I'm sure to some extent, the purpose of the author is to push the reader beyond comfort level. Some readers may not be bothered by this aspect of the book, so each reader can make their own personal choices.
2. Again, a matter of personal choice. The ending is not wrapped up neatly with a little bow and complete resolution. This is not necessarily a con for all readers and adds to emphasize the difficulty and complexity of the time period. But this incomplete resolution may be difficult for some readers after the lengthy death portion at the end of the book.
1. This book would be great for a book club discussion. There are developed parallels between the stories in the book and the Christmas story (the time period in which it was written). As the story develops, the reader will be able to connect the holy days with what is happening in the story. For example, the feast of the slaughter of the innocents parallels the plague. Many other parallels exist and would make for ripe discussion.
2. There are other parallels in the book that are worth discussing such as the parallel characters of Mrs. Gadson and Hermione (sp?)-- the need for blame, and the parallels of the bells.
3. The addition of the younger boy Collin was important for lightening the end of the book. I really valued his presence at the end.
Overall a good storyline, and I really did enjoy it. Very slow paced in parts, and it took a long time for the story to progress. I thought it was well worth sticking out the boring parts though. I left feeling a littany of emotion, and gained perspective on historical events that I was not expecting.
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Every single character seem to have no common sense, too much or too little tack and deeply in denial.
The main problems 'where the drop is' and how did Badri contracted the disease, could be easily solved if they were to sit down and have a think instead of panicking.The 'Cut Throat' character was guessed early enough due to many mentions, and no appearance. The real person who really knows where the drop is was guessed when main character seems fixated on that one character who was never there. Naturally, it's the guy who's there till the end.The disease's origin could be guessed when the anti-hero spouted on and on about how the it came from the past and conveniently enough somebody's excavating a grave site.Perhaps I read too much Holmes, but these people are Historians! Historians are detectives who tries to uncover truth from long dead times. And by long dead not 20, 30 or even 50 years!! Why are they so incompetent!Perhaps the Flu had scrambled their brains.
British, varied, consistent
Detachment, I can't bring myself to care what happened to anyone except the Acting Head of History, who died in a most inconspicuous way. It' a real let down.
Where WAS Basingham?
Tell us about yourself!Omnivorous catholic reader who especially enjoys unusual mysteries and thrillers
Great story with excellent narration.....great historical detail and accurracy.....great insight into the daily lives of people of the medieval period......GREAT READ!
I get frustrated with a story when one of the primary plot devices is people not saying/explaining themselves and not listening to each other. It set in 2055 and they can travel in time but still use a phone system that describes like it was built 100 years earlier.ok it has video but still it sounds like the video phones as envisioned in 1968. it was written in 1992, almost 25 years ago, before cell phones really existed so I guess I should forgive that lack of technology.
I have come to expect more from Hugo and Nebula award winners. This book simply is not as thought provoking as many works grabbed with those rewards. My impression is likely colored by the fact that I read some of the Outlander series prior to this work, and the similarity negatively impacted the novelty of the story.
Someone please tell Mrs. Sterlin that already in the 1990s not everyone in Oxford spoke like a toff. And in the 2050's I daresay there'll be even less posh people around. The only people that aren't narrated like Eton alumni are the Americans. Narration aside, the novel is pretty meh, so to speak. There's no depth at all to either of the plotlines, the characters are forgettable clichés, it all seems as well-researched as a mid-term paper in secondary school, and the future seems to be devoid of things like cell phones and the Internet, which were hardly outlandish tech in the early 1990's.