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  •  The extraordinary Connie Willis (3+ / 0-)
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    Brecht, Susan from 29, Ahianne

    wrote a two part novel set, mostly, in WWII, Blackout/All Clear. Although it is science fiction, I mention it because of the war theme and the intriguing puzzles. These books did not, for me, have the emotional punch that Doomsday Book does, but are complex, detailed and like all of her books, appear to be meticulously researched.

    •  She paints a rich tapestry of WWII England (3+ / 0-)
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      Susan from 29, blw, susans

      and she's always very clever with time-travel puzzles.

      I found a fair amount of emotional heft in those two, though Doomsday Book was more tightly wound, IIRC. I was irked, in All Clear, by some major characters doing things that just didn't seem like themselves (I think she had to squeeze them, to get her plot to work). But Blackout/All Clear was a very ambitious undertaking, and a lot more worked for me than didn't.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Tue May 07, 2013 at 02:34:29 AM PDT

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