Hey, it's the new Connie Willis novel -- get the forklift!
August 21, 2011 4:46 PM Subscribe
Despite being a great fan of Connie Willis, I had to give up on Blackout/All Clear
when I was barely a hundred pages into All Clear
because it had been such a meandering, repetitive read. (Others
have been able to finish it, but share my frustration). Two brief, related questions: 1) Can someone please summarize what happened in the rest of the book? (Yes, SPOILERS!) and 2) What the hell is happening to Willis' editors, given that her novels have been getting more lengthy and repetitive? The Doomsday Book
(1993) was perfectly sized for its story. Bellwether
(1997) was a little repetitive, but it was relatively short and funny, and I enjoyed it overall. Her 2002 novel Passage
, although a satisfying book in the end, was a maze of twisty little passages, all alike, for the first chunk as well. And then she delivered bouncing baby Buicks in the form of Blackout/All Clear
this past year. Why?
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I'm not looking for commiseration and chatfilter on the second question. I know that she's won a Hugo and a Nebula for the work I couldn't finish, and many people seem to have really liked it, but many other people share my frustration. We can discuss this elsewhere.
But I really want to know if a successful but not blockbuster author has enough clout with her publishers to release two huge books that I would think could have been edited down to one. (IANAP: they may well see two volumes as more profitable than one.) Is this pattern of sprawl across seen in other writers' careers, or does Willis, an absolutely lovely woman by all accounts, have some unspeakable hold over her most recent batch of editors? Or are her longer and longer books simply selling more than her earlier works?