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And now it's time to talk about All Clear! It's been all I could think about over the weekend, and I finished it this afternoon. My thoughts on it behind the cut, while it's still fresh in my mind.

  • The first third of the book felt like a goddamned episode of Three's Company. I just wanted the three characters to TALK TO EACH OTHER, ALREADY.
  • I was crushed when Mike died. And surprised, as Willis doesn't usually kill off her time-travelers. Then I was pissed that he faked his death. I settled somewhere around sad once we learned his final fate.
  • I kind of loved Eileen/Merope. Everyone underestimated her, but she knew what the hell was going on, and what she needed to do.
  • I would have liked to see more of Colin's search for them.
  • Is Colin Eileen's . . . great-grandson? Or great-great-grandson? I thought they were implying that Eileen's daughter, Mary, was his great-aunt Mary from Doomsday Book, but I don't think the timescales work.
  • I know Colin spent years in the past when he was looking for them, but I was wondering how much time had elapsed in 2060. When do people start worrying about Dunworthy being gone? Etc.

Finally, I thought the end was a bit predictable, because it was similar to the final wrap-up in To Say Nothing of the Dog. But the journey to the end was great -- there were some long, bleak stretches where I couldn't imagine how on earth it could have any sort of happy ending.

I know several of you have read it -- what did you think?

Date: 2010-12-14 01:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sensational.livejournal.com
I loved it, even though about 1/3 of it could probably have been cut without hurting the story.

I, too, would have liked to see more of Colin's search, and more of 2060 in general--like, the build-up to Dunworthy coming through, and the beginning of Colin's search, and so on. But this was basically Willis's ultimate love song to Britain in WWII, so I was pretty happy to just read her describing it as thoroughly as she wanted.

I didn't quite get the family connection, either.

Date: 2010-12-14 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rms10.livejournal.com
But this was basically Willis's ultimate love song to Britain in WWII, so I was pretty happy to just read her describing it as thoroughly as she wanted.

Oh, yes, that came through quite clearly. And soaking it all in was great. I particularly loved the theater troupe.

Date: 2010-12-15 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thebostonreader.livejournal.com
I got the impression that Colin was Eileen's descendant, but not that Mary was her daughter (though I had forgotten that Colin's aunt Mary was a character in Doomsday Book).

When Mike died the first time, I actually thought he couldn't really be dead. It was so sudden, and there was no body; I kind of assumed that something else had happened. I didn't quite understand why he faked his death, though. I thought it was pretty cool when I figured out that he was the man Mary Kent found at the beginning, and then I was pissed that he didn't actually make it after all that.

From Doomsday Book it seemed clear that time travelers could die in the past, but I wonder how often it actually happens.

I've forgotten the first third of the book; it started getting really good for me when I realized that Mary Kent was Polly, and that Mike was the same as ... what's his name? The intelligence guy...Gerald?

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