Connie Willis

Ian W. Riddell iwriddell at
Mon Feb 10 16:33:05 EST 2003

"The Doomsday Book" is another book by Willis that deals with time 
travel researchers at a future Oxford. Both Dunworthy and Finch are 
prominent characters.

However, it's quite a bit heavier than "Dog". Not morose or as 
intense (i don't think) as "Passage". But just as brilliantly 
researched and well-written.

I didn't find "Dog" hysterical, but it was amusing. I've been finding 
as I read Willis' books that even if the first hundred or so pages 
are less than thrilling, at some point I'll get caught and pulled 
through the rest of the book.

I would highly recommend "The Doomsday Book". A historian travels 
back to the early 1300s. And that's about all I can say without 
giving it away. It deals, in some part, with how 21st century Oxford 
and 14th Century "Oxford" deal with a similar threat. Well worth the 
time to read.



>What is the Doomsday Book?  Also by Willis, do you mean?  I just finished
>To Say Nothing of the Dog too, but I read it in conjuction with Three Men
>and a Boat, which it also has much in common with. 
>I enjoyed To Say Nothing of the Dog, but I didn't find it funny (the
>cover leads one to believe it will be hysterical--it's not).  Three Men
>and a Boat is much funnier (I kept waking my husband up laughing at it in
>bed).   Still, it's a very good book--very rich and allusive, lots to
>keep you thinking.  If some of the same characters are in the Doomsday
>Book, I'll have to go read that as well.
>Jackie S.
>On Sun, 9 Feb 2003 23:39:32 -0600 "Ian W. Riddell" <iwr1 at> writes:
>>  I've just finished (and thoroughly enjoyed) "To Say Nothing of the
>>  Dog" by Connie Willis. I enjoyed the fact that it took place in the
>>  same "universe" as "The Doomsday Book" and shared a couple of
>>  characters.
>>  Do any of her other books share this universe?
>>  widdy
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