Connie Willis

At the library yesterday I picked up a small book by Connie Willis, called Inside Job. It was “a tale of spiritualists, séances, skeptics, and a love that just might be able to rise above it all.” It’s actually a Hugo Award-winning novella, and was a quick, enjoyable read. I like Connie Willis and everything I’ve read by her. Being a Medieval history buff (from teaching the Middle Ages to 6th graders), I loved her Doomsday Book, which deals with time travel and the Bubonic Plague. I found Lincoln’s Dreams fascinating, and loved the humor of Bellwether, but my favorite of her books so far is Passage, which deals with near-death experiences.

Connie Willis an an idea person, and a much-honored writer. She’s been awarded 9 Hugo Awards, and 6 Nebula Awards. Nancy Pearl really likes her, too, which is high praise in my book. She interviewed her in May 2007, and it’s a fun interview to watch. You can see the entire interview by going to the Seattle Channel/Book Lust interviews web site. I don’t read a lot of science fiction (although I enjoy it when I do), but I really enjoy reading Connie Willis’s books.

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7 thoughts on “Connie Willis

  1. Jill

    Robin: I *heartily* recommend To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. Very funny. Her collection of Christmas stories is also rather fun (although I can’t at this moment recall the title for it).

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  2. Nymeth

    I’ve been meaning to read more science fiction – I’ll keep the name of this author in mind. I really like the sound of “Doomsday Books”.

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  3. jenclair

    Loved To Say Nothing of the Dog and put Doomsday Book on my list a few days ago, but now I want to read even more by Willis! Thanks for the links.

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  4. iliana

    Adding the novella to my list! I just discovered Willis during the Once Upon a Time Challenge and absolutely loved To Say Nothing of the Dog.

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  5. Robin

    Nymeth, I think you’d like Doomsday Book. It’s been quite awhile since I read it, but I loved it when I did. And her other book, Passage, was a page turner. I couldn’t put it down.

    Jill, Jenclair and Iliana–based on the fact that you all loved this book, I’m going to read To Say Nothing of the Dog soon!

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  6. Bookfool

    I’ve never even heard of Connie Willis, but your descriptions have piqued my interest. I’ll go look her up, thanks!

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