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A Good Place To Start

Doomsday Book 2
To Say Nothing of the Dog 1
Bellwether 1
Lincoln's Dreams 1
Passage 1

A Bad Place To Start

Passage 2
To Say Nothing of the Dog 1
Lincoln's Dreams 1
Remake 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Connie Willis

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jpmcgee February 11th, 2006 06:38 PM PST

All of Connie Willis' books are love stories. All (so far) use different definitions of love than we typically find. Think not erotic love, but think filial and platonic.

I started reading her works when I found out she was one of only two authors who have won Nebula awards in all lengths from short story to novel. She quickly moved to the top tier of my favorites list.

stinalyn November 24th, 2006 11:44 AM PST

I absolutely loved To Say Nothing of the Dog, which was the first Connie Willis novel I'd ever read. I recently read Remake, which was only so-so. Unless you're a big fan of Hollywood movie musicals, I'd give that one a miss.

nebula61 February 4th, 2011 12:04 PM PST

I've read most of Willis' work and I must say no other author's voice is quite like hers; she's unique and varied and original in every way, with a sense of humor and an odd sense that you are caught in a dream when you are reading her work. Everything seems a little off-kilter and unexpected and unpredictable: in other words, she's so much fun to read!

My favorite novel of hers, Bellwether, is actually not the tour de force that Doomsday Book, is for example, but there is just nothing else like it--hilarious, wry, insightful, social commentary at it's best!

Doomsday Book, however, is one of the best time travel books I have ever read; it makes you feel as if you lived through the Bubonic Plague (not much humor in this one, I'm afraid, but what a trip!).

Right now I'm immersed in her duology about time travelers caught up in the London Blitz during World War II: Blackout and All Clear.

If you don't like one of her novels, keep reading, because you're sure to find another to your taste!

Also, if you prefer shorter works--she is master of unforgettable short fiction:

Firewatch and Other Stories
Impossible Things
The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories (a compendium of her work)

"Chance" is one of my favorite short s/f stories of all time (and not strictly s/f, more fantasy/romance) along with "Daisy in the Sun" (definitely s/f)


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