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Oh no, Connie Willis, no!

Willis has extra-textual appeal to American fans. Also, her home base is in the Mountain West -- that can't have hurt.

I like Connie as a person, and I like some of her other books.

Just not this one. Not. Not. NOT.

I think that these books win awards for the one good 300-page book that's in there. If the endless stupid miscommunications were taken out and the factual errors fixed there is one decent book to be had out of those 1,000+ pages.

Not as good as To Say Nothing of the Dog, of course.

I feel embarrassed just looking at her historical fiction, and the dippy missed-connections plotting makes me cringe. It's so lazy. (Not to mention the bizarre inability to accommodate any technology since circa 1979.) And I write as someone who respects and even loves A Servant of Two Masters (in all its forms) and screwball comedy.

NO IT WAS THE HANDWAVE EMP BOMB TERRORISM THINGY

NOW WE MUST GET BACK TO ENDLESS MISCOMMUNICATIONS WITH THE WARDROBE DEPARTMENT

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