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Nov. 17th, 2010 | 10:10 pm
mood: confused

I've been shy lately, reading but not posting. But here I go.

Anyone want to talk about Connie Willis's All Clear? I read the first half and I'm a bit weirded out by the constant refrain of Polly's time-travel paradox stress, and her lying. And because it's Willis, and she is rigorous, there might not be a happy ending. Anyone have Thoughts?
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It's all socks and cats

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from: andraste_oz
date: Nov. 18th, 2010 08:25 am (UTC)
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I have Thoughts. When you say you've read the first half, do you mean only half of All Clear? If so I should wait till you've finished it to share my Thoughts because I don't know, having read it, how far the ending is informing what I would say. If you know what I mean. But feel free to share more of your Thoughts!

(I'm hanging out for someone to write some All Clear fic...)

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Nov. 18th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
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I just... I'm not all that sympathetic to what I see as Polly's somewhat selfish fear (there were people dying around her every day), partly because it's so constant. And how she keeps lying to Eileen and Mike, to spare their feelings, even after they figure it out. It feels like "tell" rather than "show". I want the rest of the story: how she went to work every day, more about the plays, driving the ambulance, rescuing people. Not yet more chasing about streets and hospitals and a burning St. Paul's trying to find Bartholomew or whatever his name is.

Please tell me it gets better?

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carribbe

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from: carribbe
date: Nov. 18th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
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I have been reading, too - although have not read this.
I shall perhaps investigate.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Nov. 18th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
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Her earlier books are fabulous, and available in paperback! I'm trying to figure out which is my favorite, but they all are.

PS: All Clear is the second book in a two-book series, so don't read it first.

Edited at 2010-11-18 04:34 pm (UTC)

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the night is a very dark time for me

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from: olivia_ramirez
date: Nov. 18th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
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I want to read that book, but it's not yet available in the library. But I've been reading the latest Bryant & May books by Christopher Fowler and enjoying them thoroughly.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Nov. 30th, 2010 07:07 am (UTC)
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I should check those out!

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