Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | January 13, 2011

Expand your horizons

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to expand your reading horizons, and read outside your usual comfort zone? Here’s a recommendation if that challenge appeals to you. If you don’t usually read science fiction, you might try Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. By definition, science fiction deals with science and technology of the future, and this book is a good place to start if you want to just dip your toe into the waters of this genre.

The “future” in this case isn’t so far off—just London, England in 2048–and the technology is the ability to time travel. Historians at Oxford send a young history student back to a fourteenth-century English village. Willis follows the story in both time zones, and reveals some interesting parallels.

I’m not a science fiction reader, but I read this book over the Christmas break, and thoroughly enjoyed this easy intro to that genre, cleverly disguised as historical fiction.

~Janice

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