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All Clear
All Clear | Connie Willis
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Winner of the Nebula AwardTraveling back in time, from Oxford circa 2060 into the thick of World War II, was a routine excursion for three British historians eager to study firsthand the heroism and horrors of the Dunkirk evacuation and the London Blitz. But getting marooned in war-torn 1940 England has turned Michael Davies, Merope Ward, and Polly Churchill from temporal tourists into besieged citizens struggling to survive Hitlers devastating onslaught. And now theres more to worry about than just getting back home: The impossibility of altering past events has always been a core belief of time-travel theorybut it may be tragically wrong. When discrepancies in the historical record begin cropping up, it suggests that one or all of the future visitors have somehow changed the pastand, ultimately, the outcome of the war. Meanwhile, in 2060 Oxford, the stranded historians supervisor, Mr. Dunworthy, frantically confronts the seemingly impossible task of rescuing his studentsthree missing needles in the haystack of history. The thrilling time-tripping adventure that began withBlackoutnow hurtles to its stunning resolution inAll Clear.
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Centique
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Gawd I loved this. It‘s hard to review the final book in a series - so I‘ll just describe the series. In the 2060s scientists discovered time travel but only allow it for historians to study the past. Willis concentrates on making the past come alive for the reader - in this one The Blitz - so these feel more historic fiction than sci Fi, (if you can handle the notion of time travel) There are lots of little details, a focus on the small events ⬇️

Centique No book has ever made me understand sleeping in a bomb shelter or disrupted train travel or air raid sirens as well as this one did. I am firmly a Connie Willis fan! But be prepared for some chunksters - this one alone is 642pp 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 1mo
Texreader Sounds like a serious version of the Jodi Taylor books I‘m reading (hers are very humorous). What‘s the name of this series? 1mo
Centique @Texreader it‘s called the Oxford Time Travel series - but the first two can be read as stand alones. Tagging the first one. I‘ll have to check out Jodi Taylor! 1mo
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Texreader @Centique Very cool I already have it marked tbr! Thanks! I got the first 8 of Taylor‘s books for Christmas having read a ton of her short stories for winter games. They make me laugh out loud. It‘s the St Mary‘s Chronicles series. 1mo
CaitZ @Centique @Texreader I love both Jody Taylor and Connie Willis. Their books are very similar - time traveling historians with humor. If you like one, I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy the other. 1mo
Centique @CaitZ @Texreader oh that‘s excellent to hear! I definitely need more time travelling historians in my life 😍 1mo
Texreader @Centique @CaitZ Me too! Thanks!! 1mo
BookNAround I didn‘t know she had more after The Doomsday Book. I thoroughly enjoyed that one so I‘ll have to add the next in the series to my list! 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review... I must look her up & find the first one ❤️❤️ 1mo
Centique @BookNAround oh wow, you have a treat in store! The second one is humorous/satirical. I really liked it but If it doesn‘t suit you, you can always jump to the third book and you won‘t miss anything. 👍 1mo
Centique @Cathythoughts I think you‘d quite like it as long as you don‘t mind the time travel element. 🤞 1mo
Cathythoughts I see it‘s Doomsday Book 👍🏻I don‘t mind time travel , I enjoyed it in Stephen Kings 11/22/63 .... ❤️ 1mo
Centique @Cathythoughts I need to get to that Stephen King book - it sounds brilliant! 1mo
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Centique
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My #bookreport Lots of short things and a chunkster in progress 😂
Finished Ayoade on Top and Convenience Store Woman 👍👍
Listened to Where Angels Fear to Tread - only audiobook immediately available at my library with Stephen Fry narrating. Made me think of A Room with a View
Halfway through A Tudor Christmas which is really interesting.
And completely besotted with All Clear (on 342 of 641) I‘m a bit confused but still LOVING it 💕💕

elkeo_TheBookDragon I keep meaning to read All Clear (& Blackout) - it‘s exciting to see that you are loving it! 1mo
Centique @elkeo_TheBookDragon i sure am 😍I saw that you loved To Say Nothing of the Dog. These two are like that one in that they‘re quite complicated with multiple historians in different times - not as funny as TSNOTD but lighter than Doomsday for sure 👍 1mo
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LibraryCin
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The first 1/3 of the book wasn‘t as interesting as it got to be later in the book. For how much I disliked Alf and Binnie, they were some good comic relief, at times! Loved Sir Godfrey. I liked how the book wrapped up, though I was still left with one question from one hint of something at the very end, so I‘m not quite sure I understood that one little bit. Didn‘t like this one quite as much as the first, though. Still, overall, really liked it.

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EastWind76
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This author is brilliant, absolutely brilliant! I now want to read every book she has ever written. ❤

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ATB
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Part 2 of a 2 book series. Black Out #1 All Clear #2. I‘ve seen reviews that are harsh on the editing of both but I still enjoyed it. Rumor has it it was supposed to be one book but got too lengthy. I was sad and happy at the end. Also I thought I got the Blitz... I had no clue (probably still don‘t) until I read these two books.

bookishkris Love love love these books! I don‘t know why people harsh on the endings, I quite liked them. 8mo
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MKbookworm
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My view for the next week. All those years of watching Downton Abbey I couldn‘t turn down a chance to go on a Viking River Cruise

mabell How cool! I've looked into those, and they sound neat. I hope you have a great time! 1y
LiteraryinLititz Oh my gosh! Have a wonderful trip! 1y
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MKbookworm
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A little reading and whiskey before bed. Good night, everyone #readinginbed

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JuliaTheBookNerd
All Clear | Connie Willis
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#Page29 2️⃣9️⃣ #ThatsRidiculous!
#MarchInBooks 🍀📖

#BookNerd 📚💙

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Took me awhile to read this. I had to stop from time to time a just to let my head wrap around the time travel. LOVED it. Extra special because we walked area around St Paul's in September. Sad part is we were there on a Sunday so no tours.

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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If I had read this book before our trip to UK, I would have channeled Merope and wore my green coat. 🤓
#stpauls #london #bookwardrobe

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Amandajoy
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Things I need to do: pack. Things I also need to do: find out what happens in the last 100 pages of this book. What's a girl to do?

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Amandajoy
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So I like to keep Wednesdays interesting. Last week was the dog bite, this week was a burst pipe in my apartment. Never fear! I had a neighbor who saw the water running out of the house early, got the water turned off, & notified me. Only ONE book was lost!! Now I'm going to settle in with this fabulous book at my parents' nice, dry house.

AmandaL Oh no! 2y
Lcsmcat 😮 2y
readinginthedark Oh goodness! 😱 2y
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cdreincarnate
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Best. Theory. Of time travel. EVER! Seriously, I'll never think about it the same way again.😮

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Day 7 #blackandwhitecovers #maybookflowers Here are a few samples from my newly-neatened shelves.

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brandymuses
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Day 6: Black and White Covers
Love these two books, all the characters, the twisty complexities of the time travel, and the human perspective on World War 2 from so many angles. #maybookflowers

elkeo_TheBookDragon Yes! I have these on my TBR shelf because I love Connie Willis! I forgot about them when looking for b/w covers today 👍 3y
brandymuses @elkeo They are so good!!!! Have you read Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog? 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Yes! To Say Nothing was my entryway into the drug that is Connie Willis! 3y
brandymuses @elkeo Mine too! 3y
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For @Liberty & Fun Friday. I'm not at home so don't have access to my library - I hope a screen shot will do! I loved Blackout and All Clear. I cried at the end of All Clear - I love books that make me do that. Anything Connie Willis comes out with, I will read. ❤️