Sunday, March 25, 2012

Book Review: Doomsday Book

Okay, a quick top five list:

Bookmonkesy's top five favourite time travel stories

5. Bring the Jubilee by Ward Churchill - short, to the point, and an excellent example of of great time-travel fiction

4. Futurama, created by Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen - sure it's a TV series, and sure the major time-travel element is that of a modern-day guy being put on ice for a thousand years and waking up in the future, but you know what - it's great and if you haven't watched it before you need to re-think some of your science-fiction-watching choices.

3. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells - and yes I'm talking about the novel here - although the many film adaptations were also pretty fun. A victorian-era traveller experiments with his fancy new time machine and adventure! Terrifying, thrilling adventure!

2. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis - I read this last week and it is really great. Following an undergraduate student at Oxford in the future who for her history practicum travels back to to the middle ages. There's just one problem - she ends up landing smack dab in the middle of the black plague and an eerily-similar outbreak happens in the future among the scientists who sent her back. The story is heavy on character and balances well between the horror that was the plague with moments of high drama and comedy as well. A great read and I am totally looking forward to the rest of the books in this series.

1. The Back to the Future Trilogy - no explanation necessary.

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