All Clear

All Clear

eBook - 2010 | 1st ed.
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When three Oxford historians 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. Meanwhile, in 2060 Oxford, the historians' supervisor and seventeen-year-old Colin Templer are engaged in a frantic and seemingly impossible struggle to find them.
Publisher: New York : Spectra/Ballantine Books, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345522696
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource (641 p.)


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Jan 06, 2019

Part II is so much like her first book. Kind of a frustrating read and other then the time travel element it reads more like historical fiction. A few times I felt like chucking the book and near the end it became perseverance. Not really a good story teller and maybe should try another genre.

IndyPL_SteveB Nov 30, 2018

*All Clear* is the second of two separate volumes (along with *Blackout*) published in the same year, but they really make up one long novel. And it is terrific.

(For more, see my review under *Blackout*.)
Several future historians have time-traveled to the 1940s to observe England's survival during the Blitz bombings; but now they are trapped. This is a monumental tribute to the bravery of the English people. In this second volume you really experience the terror of the bombings and the determination of the Londoners to survive. Willis did many interviews and much research to establish the feeling of reality.

Willis is a magical writer and if you have the time to spend on these two long books, this will be a reading experience that you won’t forget. You will certainly have a new appreciation of what millions of people went through and accomplished against what seemed like the highest of odds.

Oct 18, 2016

A continuation of "Blackout" but full of redundancy, and a much duller read. These two books could have easily been edited down to 1 book, and the pace that was set in Blackout, could have been retained. A disappointing read after Blackout.

Oct 16, 2013

Blackout (p¬¬¬¬art II) --- by Connie Willis. I read the first half, that is, the first book of this novel when I got zapped by the ending, which said, essentially, you wanna find out how it ends, read the next book, stupid. Well, it’s been two months since that happened. I’ve been on the road, on vacation overseas. It’s difficult to get any English language books, much less a specific one like Part ii of Black Out in an English language void. So here I am, two months later, trying to pick up loose ends from where the first installment of this novel left off. And I gotta admit, it’s a little difficult to continue from where I left off. Where was the plot? Who were these characters? Is it like starting to read a novel all over again? What happened in part one? I tell you, before you even think of reading part one of this novel make sure you have easy access to the second part of it ‘cause right now I feel intimidated, betrayed and just a wee bit put off (to put it mildly) that someone would pull this kind of trick on me. Maybe book one should have the disclaimer on the front cover: “first of two (it is only two, right?) parts”. --- An hour later: I’ve been reading this thing diligently and it just isn’t coming together for me. This book is over. I’m so glad it’s a library book and I’m not out big bucks buying this book. Connie Willis, you ought to be ashamed of yourself.

Dec 09, 2012

A thoroughly researched, vivid description of England during its "darkest hour" in the context of an intricate plot/premise of time travel and time paradoxes. On this basis it would be well worth 5 stars. However its only a 1 star from the perspective of believable characters and editing. The protagonists are supposedly Historians trained and qualified to visit and observe the past, yet they constantly jump to unwarranted conclusions, continually imagine the worst, fail to communicate with each other in problem solving, and do so ad infinitum. Which brings me to the other failing: length. This did not require 2 large volumes - many pages are wasted with our characters going over and over their imagining the worst that could happen (without any evidence). As well, the plot could be tightened up and a number of scenes deleted. This was seriously in need of editing. Yet Willis, in her acknowledges the publishers suggestion of making it 2 volumes (maybe they just wanted the double revenue).

In summary: a very worthwhile read if you're interested in England during the Blitz's and enjoy a time travel paradox. But don't expect believable characters or a tight plot line.

Aug 21, 2012

Couldn't put this down, as the times and characters are very interesting. It's only half of the story, though, so be sure to read Blackout as well.

May 08, 2012

Is common sense not a prerequisite for historians? Why lie to friends and allies when you have a common cause? The second book does tie up the loose ends of "Blackout" but through cheap fake-outs and more dragged-out scenes where the heroes lament about their sad situation. Ugh.

Apr 09, 2012

Very well written and cleverly circular. I really enjoyed finishing this and look forward to reading more of her in the future.

Feb 16, 2012

The great conclusion to Blackout. I loved this series. I think I learned more about WWII in London during the blitz then any other book I've read! Just a neat premise of time traveling historians both trying to get home and not affect history. I do agree that the 1st half of this book was slow. Unlike Blackout, which took place in a number of settings, the first half of All Clear was mostly all 1941 Blitz in London and got a bit slow. But the 2nd half of the book, when all the pieces started falling into place moved at breakneck speed and I loved it. I'm sad this series is over because by the end I really cared about what was happening to all the major characters.

myrtlebchsun Dec 09, 2011

Willis continues to bore with the story begun in Blackout. A simply horrible book. Stupid mini-cliffhangers at the end of each section. Bad, bad, bad.

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May 08, 2012

You don't want to have anything to do with me, Polly wanted to scream at them. The continuum's going to vainly keep on trying to correct itself, and next time it will get me and all of you.

Mar 09, 2011

No one person or thing won the war. People argue over whether it was Ultra or the evacuation from Dunkirk or Churchill's leadership or fooling Hitler into thinking we were invading at Calais that won the war, but it wasn't any one of them. It was all of them and a thousand, a million, other things and people. And not just soldiers and pilots and Wrens, but air-raid wardens and planespotters and debutantes and mathematicians and weekend sailors and vicars. . . . Canteen workers and ambulance drivers and ENSA chorus girls. And historians.

Mar 09, 2011

And then the good fairy said, 'The spell is already cast, and I cannot undo it, but I will do what I can.'

Mar 09, 2011

I wasn't looking where I was going - an apt metaphor for the entire history of time travel.

Mar 09, 2011

We do not rely on hope alone, though hope is our bulwark, our light through dark days and darker nights. We also work, and fight, and endure, and it does not matter whether the part we play is large or small. The reason that God marks the fall of the sparrow is that he knows that it is as important to the world as the bulldog or the wolf. We all, all must do 'our bit.' For it is through our deeds that the war will be won, through our kindness and devotion and courage that we make that better world for which we long.

Mar 09, 2011

All travelers are advised to take alternate routes.


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