Connie Willis is my favorite SF author, but I had the feeling she let this story get away from her.
The story she tells about the blitz is great. But the plot seems to ramble. It's just too long for what it is. Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of The Dog are both better books, IMHO. I think this would have been a better novel if it were combined with Blackout, and cut to half the length.
I would recommend this book, but not if it is your first Connie Willis book.
I really enjoyed both this book and the other book by Connie (the first one of this series - blackout!). The only bit I found a bit annoying was that the characters were rather stupid in working things out and I found it got a bit repetitive at times. I found myself thinking "oh for goodness sake get over it". The twist was a little bit obvious I'm afraid! However, the story was nice and it was fast paced enough to keep my attention.
Made the mistake of purchasing this book at the same time as "Blackout". See my review of "Blackout".
Nothing by this author
The reader did a reasonable job but couldn't make this poor story interesting.
I'd cut 100 pages out of the book and I'd make the characters stop reminding me of their plight every time someone asks them a question.
Connie Willis is probably my favorite modern author. But, I think this was her worst book. (along with blackout) But yes, I would try her books again. She's entertained me quite a bit in her other novels.
Katherine is a good narrator. I think she added to the story. The introduction added nothing, really.
No. I think the subject has been covered
This two book set was far too long. I don't see how the editors let so much filler go. Clearly, its a good book as it won both Hugo and Nebula awards. And there were times when I was on the edge of my seat per se, but all and all, it's not her best effort. And I've read nearly everything she's written
I wrote a lukewarm review of part 1 of the Blackout/All Clear set a couple of weeks ago. I was lukewarm towards "Blackout", and thought that while very well written it was more a 'novel of manners' than a science fiction/fantasy action thriller. Not a bad novel, per se, but much slower than what I was hoping for.
"All Clear" is really just more of the same but is a little less bearable than "Blackout" since you've already been introduced to many of the situations and characters. Much of the second half of the novel feels like a reiteration of the first and I often found myself getting frustrated with the characters and author because of the slow pacing. After the first third of "All Clear", I really stopped caring about the plot or story and just wanted it to be over.
Don't bother reading this one even for completion's sake if you found "Blackout" to be relatively tedious. Skip it and use your favorite search engine to see how it all ended.
On the other hand, if you enjoyed "Blackout", then by all means go for "All Clear".
removal of most repitition
only by this author
reading of book was excellent
with thoughts removed, text would be siginficantly shorter. Perhaps then it would make a good movie
Connie Willis is great and Blackout/All Clear may be her best. The historical detail is what makes this pair of books so wonderful. Time travelling is dealt with in an imaginative way and the characters are quite likable. Willis' literary allusions are charming, not irritating, and have induced me to follow up on the references and quotations. Sometimes her comedy of errors style can drag a bit, but the real test was that I have listened to Blackout/All Clear more than once so they must be pretty good.
I really enjoyed this book overall. It is really interesting and roused an interest in WW2 that I didn't know I had. The characters are all interesting and appealing. It is well written and well read. It is about twice as long as it needs to be however, or at least I felt that way. The story just feels like it goes on and on.
Provided hours of distraction on the elliptical exercise machine, and the historical information about the details of life in wartime Britain were interesting. BUT: was almost driven to true distraction by being inside the heads of people always worrying in stupifying detail about multitudes of major or minor catastrophes that never happen. Should have been edited down one medium-sized book. Narrator has a wide variety of voices, very accomplished...but unfortunately many of the voices are irritating to listen to. Characters--except for the urchins Alf and Binny--are bland. Doesn't feel much like science fiction...the science seems to be a plot device to have "historians" traipsing around during the Blitz, so we can see what it was like from a viewpoint similar to our own. Historical science fiction is a valid sub-genre, but the way it's done here feels like the same purposes would be more effectively achieved through straightforward historical fiction. No, I forgot...then you might not be treated to all those bloody worry-warts...
Reading Fantasy and SCI-FI on audible.
This is a great book - but it is really just one of two and you must read both to get the story. The reader does a great job with this book. She is able to bring all the characters to life including the young kids and the many other minor characters. There are many memorable characters, but I loved the two trouble maker kids in the first half of the book. They were great at getting into and out of trouble. I thought the ending of this book would at least show a break, but it does not. So be prepared to read both books. But this is a very fun and interesting story.