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All Clear #2020

All Clear In Blackout award winning author Connie Willis returned to the time traveling future of the setting for several of her most celebrated works and sent three Oxford historians to World War II Engl

  • Title: All Clear
  • Author: Connie Willis Katherine Kellgren
  • ISBN: 9781441875754
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Audio CD
  • All Clear By Connie Willis Katherine Kellgren, In Blackout, award winning author Connie Willis returned to the time traveling future of 2060 the setting for several of her most celebrated works and sent three Oxford historians to World War II England Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopIn Blackout, award winning author Connie Willis returned to the time traveling future of 2060 the setting for several of her most celebrated works and sent three Oxford historians to World War II England Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler s bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.Now the situation has grown even dire Small discrepancies in the historical record seem to indicate that one or all of them have somehow affected the past, changing the outcome of the war The belief that the past can be observed but never altered has always been a core belief of time travel theory but suddenly it seems that the theory is horribly, tragically wrong.Meanwhile, in 2060 Oxford, the historians supervisor, Mr Dunworthy, and seventeen year old Colin Templer, who nurses a powerful crush on Polly, are engaged in a frantic and seemingly impossible struggle of their own to find three missing needles in the haystack of history.Told with compassion, humor, and an artistry both uplifting and devastating, All Clear is than just the triumphant culmination of the adventure that began with Blackout It s Connie Willis s most humane, heartfelt novel yet a clear eyed celebration of faith, love, and the quiet, ordinary acts of heroism and sacrifice too often overlooked by history.

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    1. Let me begin by saying that The Doomsday Book is one of my all time favorite novels definitely top ten, quite possibly top five , and I m also tremendously fond of Connie Willis s Lincoln s Dreams, as well When I knew she had a new book well, duology, though the two books are really one chopped in half set in the same time travel universe as The Doomsday Book, I was beside myself with anticipation I blame her publishers for the decision to splice the book and then wait months between the first a [...]

    2. Time traveling historians fight their way home This book was ridiculous I feel bad writing that, because 1 so many people liked it so much, and I m sad to think I didn t understand how to appreciate it, and 2 it s a celebrated author s book about a WAR But the only way I remotely got through it was by treating it as a comic novel and mentally tallying up all the ridiculousness, including but not limited to 1 every time a character s mission was completely stymied by one single, non malicious ind [...]

    3. It s here It s here The only reason why this is not a 5 is because the middle section of Blackout and All Clear and I count them as one book, because really they are annoyed me a bit with the obsession over whether they changed the outcome of the war and where the retrieval team, over and over I understand why Willis did this complete anxiety but it was too much Probably because I have gone through times in my life when I too get completely stuck in the broken record of a mind loop, and they wer [...]

    4. I hate this book so much I hate it so much that it hurts I hate that I spent an audible credit on it I hate that it s about subjects I LOVE WWII Bletchley Park And it still sucks It s not badly written it s just a terrible story, and the lead characters are whiny, dumb, ignorant, and keep switching voices that last isn t the author s fault I HATE that I know WWII trivia than these historians do That part is the worst That and the idea that three professional time travellers, stuck in some kind [...]

    5. I found this book to be both amazing and frustrating I don t recall ever having such mixed feelings about a book When it s rolling it s a rare and rewarding page turner and when it bogs down it feels like a week of reading before the story moves on There are way too many pages where we go inside a character s head and we listen to that character wonder She ll wonder if she did something wrong and lost the war for England, she ll wonder where another character is and what they are doing and if he [...]

    6. All Clear and Blackout are an excellent way to learn about World War II The Blitz in England It is, however, an extremely frustrating book on many other levels.Of particular concern to me was the tendency for the historians to explain details that the other historians should hand in their degrees for not knowing It was one thing in Book 1 to have to explain that Agatha Christie was a novelist It s another thing altogether to revolve a major plot point on the fact that one of the historians is n [...]

    7. Last time, on Ben s reviews there s a very palpable, somewhat ironic fear here, because in a way these three are frightened of the Blitz than the stalwart contemporaries or contemps as the historians call them So for a moment, there s a justifiable and interesting suspense Unfortunately, Willis attempts to sustain that suspense entirely too long all the characters in this book are ninnies They complain about the retrieval team not showing up and they lie to each other and keep secrets to avoid [...]

    8. This is a wonderful and amazing book It really is the second half of a book On the same day, I went from finishing Blackout and started reading this book, and it was like going from one chapter to another, not like going from one book to another.Thank you to friend and fellow group member Sarah Pi who didn t let me see answers to my questions and therefore helped me avoid unwanted spoilers.I am very proud that less than 1 3 the way through this book, I figured something out, probably because of [...]

    9. The second half of Blackout than a sequel Weird experience I have massive problems with this book, but I also could not put it down Hrm.I think that this book succeeds at its smaller scale purpose It s clear from what she s said that Willis did massive amounts of research about the Blitz, and that she really wanted to make it come alive Which she did She takes this sense of fear and purpose, this keep calm and carry on, this practicality and humor and misery, and she nails that bastard to the w [...]

    10. I have a day job, a night job, and a band I am working on my fourth album and on a novel and on several short stories I have a dog and a pony to take care of and I m trying to teach myself to run by February so that I can join my friends relay triathlon team So when I say that I spent four hours curled up in a blanket tonight with my phone set to do not disturb because I could not possibly bear to put this book down before I had finished the last three hundred pages, know that I haven t done tha [...]

    11. Christmas 2010 I realised that I had got stuck in a rut I was re reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works Something had to be done.On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci Fi award That s 35 books, 6 of which I d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a fat [...]

    12. I don t think I ve ever been so sad to leave a set of characters behind After spending than 1,000 pages with them between All Clear and its predecessor Blackout, most of it set during the Blitz of London with lots of high tension twists and turns, heartaches and triumphs, I feel like we ve been through the war together and it s hard to let go With three time traveling historians as protagonists and numerous less prominent but well developed supporting characters, both books have lots of varied [...]

    13. Breathtaking And, let s face it, part of the reason why I was crying at the end wasn t just because the ending was so perfect, but because I know that I will never write a book as amazing as this Not only has Willis crafted an intricately layered time travel novel, but it s also an outstanding piece of historical fiction She has an encyclopedic knowledge of WWII, and makes you feel the horror and hardship of life in England during the war in a way that no other author can At least none in my exp [...]

    14. Oh I really don t know where to start This book has been a disappointment and an utter waste of time I dragged myself through Blackout and persisted with this one, thinking that it will be all worth it But despite of the twist in the end and what many have termed brilliant finale, I still can t get over the fact that the omniscient narrative of Ms Willis, in which she follows each miniscule thought of the time travellers, really time consuming, boring, to a point it became truly annoying and in [...]

    15. Aside from horror which I avoid I really, really dislike comedy that depends on humiliation of the helpless, and anxious, frenetic running around with nothing getting done.These two books were nothing but running anxiously around, the entire thousand plus pages Because of that, I couldn t read straight through I had to put the book down after a chapter or two, but Willis s writing is so good, her scenes so vivid, and above all, the numinous moments so lovely and other moments so poignant that I [...]

    16. All Clear, or, I m An Historian, Get Me Out Of Here What I really found lacking in this novel, and in Blackout All Clear 1, was an overall sense of being in another time I know I was reminded of the fact of it on every single page for a thousand pages THIS IS TIME TRAVEL I am AN HISTORIAN and THIS IS TIME TRAVEL , but I never got a real sense of it Maybe this is because the Oxford of 2060 is very sketchily painted I have no sense of home for any of the characters, and therefore no real sense of [...]

    17. I didn t much like the first volume of this novel, but I picked up the second part hoping that much like Robin Hobb did in her last book Willis would make everything pay off in a satisfying way Nope Not this time, at least not for me.There are some good scenes an action sequence in the middle, and the conclusion that kept me from giving this one star, but overall this is overblown and unwieldy I get that this is a tribute to the ordinary folk who won the Battle of Britain, and as the grandchild [...]

    18. All Clear concludes the story Willis began in Blackout It s unfortunate that the books had to be published separately, because they really are two halves of the same book and can t really be considered separately.In Willis s time travelling Oxford historians universe, several historians have been sent back to various points in England during World War II Polly, in London masquerading as a shopgirl Eileen, working as a maid in the country with evacuated children and Michael, studying acts of hero [...]

    19. Three stars is a compromise rating here I have loved much of Connie Willis work and her strengths keep growing There is much to love in this two book story fantastic period detail, including real consideration for both how the period looks from a remove and how it was experienced by its contemps nicely drawn characters who react in plausible ways to the situations they face intricate plotting and an interesting story to tell Unfortunately, there is much here to make one want to pull a Dorothy Pa [...]

    20. No reviewette I write can possibly do this book or really, the single book composed of Blackout and All Clear justice Amazing Epic Subtlety of detail that had me paging back to confirm something hinted Love Loss Loyalty Uncertainty Hope Humor Tragedy The triumph of the human spirit Connie Willis has outdone herself with this amazing tale of time travel so deeply rooted in place Her Hugo and Nebula awards for Blackout All Clear bring her lifetime totals to eleven Hugos and seven Nebulas Make sure [...]

    21. Walk on appearances by Alan Turing, Agatha Christie, Queen Elizabeth, General Patton we didn t quite get to have afternoon tea with the King and Winston Churchill, but almost Puh leeze Added to the need to cram in every bit of information possible on the Blitz and the build up to D Day, Connie Willis gave us in this book and Blackout two horrendous Cockney brats who turned out to be a crucial part of the plot I suspect the problem is that Willis books are totally plot driven and her characters a [...]

    22. Despite the faults that niggled me and there were a surprising number , I gobbled this down and enjoyed it thoroughly Connie Willis is always a strange mixture of cynicism and romance, and the romance is understated but packs a decent punch, so the emotional payout on this was good especially after waiting months from readng Blackout I also have a deep interest in Second World War London, partly because my mother was born there in 1939, my grandfather drove an ambulance in the Blitz, and my gran [...]

    23. Another extremely FRUSTRATING Connie Willis novel It is getting to the point where I feel like my frustration with her recent books is changing the way I feel about her older ones I m especially disappointed now in her explanation for slippage and the closed drop points Basically everything seems to come down to fate and amazing coincidence and nothing our characters did really seems to matter because the universe made sure to step in at every possible point to make sure things went the right wa [...]

    24. It is impossible to separate my thoughts on the first volume of this duology from the second possibly because they never should have been separated in the first place This is a single novel that got way, way out of control, and if Willis or really, Willis editor, who s supposed to be the responsible one in this case had had any sense, this monstrosity of a manuscript would have been carefully pared down to one tighter, and much better, book Where is Max Perkins when you need him So I m not going [...]

    25. This review is for both Blackout and All Clear, as it really should ve been one book.Internet states This story was intended to be a single novel, called All Clear, but kept growing as the scope expanded over several years of work It was determined that it should be split into two volumes, Blackout and All Clear, both released in 2010 Connie Willis has indicated it should be considered one novel, not a duology I really wish she kept it to a single novel As is, Blackout is painfully slow, with sa [...]

    26. Connie Willis dedicates this book to all the shop girls, air raid wardens, nurses, writers, shopkeepers, doctors, ambulance drivers, Shakespearean actors, airplane spotters, rescue workers, mathematicians, vicars, librarians, spinsters, debutantes, fisherman, retired sailors, servants, firewatchers, and evacuees who won the war Then she honors them with an incredibly detailed and authentic rendering of the lives of everyday people in London during World War II as observed by time traveling histo [...]

    27. It was perhaps a mistake to wait for so long between Blackout and All Clear I almost always leave gaps between reading books by the same authors, and it was no different in this case I knew that this was pretty much one book divided into two parts, but still, I followed the same pattern This ended up making the start of All Clear difficult than it might otherwise have been, as the characters and plot were not fresh and recent in my memory.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to t [...]

    28. This was unnecessarily long It should have been combined with the first part, Blackout and edited into one book The characterizations are very good, but what is done with those characters is often pointless All they do is worry and speculate running around not asking vital questions and refusing to tell one another the truth So much crazy squirrel behavior from what are supposed to be highly trained Oxford graduates, it s ridiculous.Because Willis can write and I enjoyed Sir Godfrey and the Hodb [...]

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