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moving under skies

NYRB Classics collector. Reads anything, so long as it's good. Sometimes historian. Frequently grumpy:  you've been warned. Also at aliceunderskies.tumblr.com. 


Blackout - Connie Willis

The characters seemed rather cut-out & anonymous, which might not be so bad if they weren't all so routinely stupid. They fail again and again at basic logic, and have such horrendous gaps in their historical knowledge that it's a wonder any of them graduated high school, much less were allowed to participate in time travel research. I probably hated the main characters more because I have such high expectations for Ms. Willis. Really the book is definitely okay, & certainly not bad. It's just that Willis has created such moving stories and memorable characters in the past that it's hard not to expect the same from everything she does. I hope that the concluding volume will redeem this one somewhat.