History Literature / Blackout

26th Nov '17 4:39:00 PM nombretomado
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''Blackout / All Clear'' is one book divided into two, written by Creator/ConnieWillis, and set in her "Fire Watch"-universe (along with ''Literature/DoomsdayBook'' and ''Literature/ToSayNothingOfTheDog''). The books were published only a few months apart, in 2010, and were given a HugoAward as a single work.

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''Blackout / All Clear'' is one book divided into two, written by Creator/ConnieWillis, and set in her "Fire Watch"-universe (along with ''Literature/DoomsdayBook'' and ''Literature/ToSayNothingOfTheDog''). The books were published only a few months apart, in 2010, and were given a HugoAward UsefulNotes/HugoAward as a single work.
31st Aug '17 10:54:09 AM CorahsUncle
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* FakeAmerican: Michael Davies posing as Mike Davis. This is because he was supposed to go to Pearl Harbor first, but his assignments were switched at the last minute.
15th Oct '16 10:33:50 AM SorPepita
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* GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel: Played straight with the worries of the characters, after they can't get back to the future, possibly because it doesn't exist any more. [[spoiler:Ultimately adverted, and then a real life [[WildMassGuessing Wild Mass Guess]] is presented to invert the entire concept. Considering some of the astronomically lucky breaks that English got, including many that were due to time travelers, a theory that universe is using time travel to retroactively make the Germans ''lose'' the war is not entirely crazy.]]

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* GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel: Played straight with the worries of the characters, after they can't get back to the future, possibly because it doesn't exist any more. [[spoiler:Ultimately adverted, averted, and then a real life [[WildMassGuessing Wild Mass Guess]] is presented to invert the entire concept. Considering some of the astronomically lucky breaks that English got, including many that were due to time travelers, a theory that universe is using time travel to retroactively make the Germans ''lose'' the war is not entirely crazy.]]



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Michael insists on telling Colin everything he knows about Polly and Eileen and where they are before they go back to Oxford...delaying things enough that Michael doesn't survive.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Michael insists on telling Colin everything he knows about Polly and Eileen and where they are before they go back to Oxford... delaying things enough that Michael doesn't survive.]]
24th Aug '16 2:41:43 AM Adept
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** The whole Fortitude South counterespionage cell in 1944 uses the names of the characters from ''TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''. However appropriate, it's bizarre to hear the (male) commander referred to as "Lady Bracknell".

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** The whole Fortitude South counterespionage cell in 1944 uses the names of the characters from ''TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''.''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''. However appropriate, it's bizarre to hear the (male) commander referred to as "Lady Bracknell".
18th Apr '14 1:53:55 PM LongLiveHumour
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* WorldWarII: Like all of the books in the series except ''Literature/DoomsdayBook'', the Blitz is apparently the nexus of all space and time.

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* WorldWarII: UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: Like all of the books in the series except ''Literature/DoomsdayBook'', the Blitz is apparently the nexus of all space and time.
4th Sep '13 12:02:45 PM Micah
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Should not be confused with the GameShow ''Series/{{Blackout}}'', or the VideoGame ''Videogame/{{Blackout}}''.
21st Aug '13 4:53:29 AM TiggersAreGreat
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Should not be confused with the GameShow ''Series/{{Blackout}}'', or the VideoGame ''Videogame/{{Blackout}}''.
2nd Apr '13 5:19:37 PM Xtifr
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''Blackout'' and ''All Clear'' is one book divided into two, written by Creator/ConnieWillis, and set in her "Fire Watch"-universe (along with ''Literature/DoomsdayBook'' and ''Literature/ToSayNothingOfTheDog''). The books were published only a few months apart, in 2010, and were given a HugoAward as a single work.

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''Blackout'' and ''All ''Blackout / All Clear'' is one book divided into two, written by Creator/ConnieWillis, and set in her "Fire Watch"-universe (along with ''Literature/DoomsdayBook'' and ''Literature/ToSayNothingOfTheDog''). The books were published only a few months apart, in 2010, and were given a HugoAward as a single work.
29th Nov '12 7:19:35 PM Prfnoff
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And then things start to go wrong. Events don't go as planned. Things [[ItGotWorse get worse]]. And suddenly, none of their drops to the future are opening. Nobody, it seems, is coming to get them...

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And then things start to go wrong. Events don't go as planned. Things [[ItGotWorse get worse]].worse. And suddenly, none of their drops to the future are opening. Nobody, it seems, is coming to get them...
24th Oct '12 1:32:23 AM Xtifr
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* FridgeBrilliance: Other than her very early books, Willis's novels are very firmly divided into the categories of comedy and tragedy. Except this one - which is it? It turns out [[spoiler:Sir Godfrey has been telling us all along in his stage instructions "This is a comedy, not a tragedy!" and ultimately asks this of Polly (knowing she knows the future) who tells him "It is a comedy."]]



* TearJerker: 50% of the books are tearjerkers. The rest are moments of [[HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]] and [[MomentOfAwesome awesome]].
** Of particular note is [[spoiler:Sir Godfrey]]'s goodbye ("[[spoiler:Is it a comedy or a tragedy?]]") and [[spoiler:Eileen]]'s experiences at VE Day.
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