Free Read [Fiction Book] Ç Passage - by Connie Willis ✓

  • Title: Passage
  • Author: Connie Willis
  • ISBN: 9780553111248
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Multi award winning author Willis delivers a story that examines one of the toughest issues of all death Part medical thriller, part literary exploration, Willis plunges readers into a bizarre and fascinating world.
    Connie Willis
    Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis is an American science fiction writer She is one of the most honored science fiction writers of the 1980s and 1990s.She has won, among other awards, ten Hugo Awards and six Nebula Awards Willis most recently won a Hugo Award for All Seated on the Ground August 2008 She was the 2011 recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America SFWA.She lives in Greeley, Colorado with her husband Courtney Willis, a professor of physics at the University of Northern Colorado She also has one daughter, Cordelia.Willis is known for her accessible prose and likable characters She has written several pieces involving time travel by history students and faculty of the future University of Oxford These pieces include her Hugo Award winning novels Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog and the short story Fire Watch, found in the short story collection of the same name.Willis tends to the comedy of manners style of writing Her protagonists are typically beset by single minded people pursuing illogical agendas, such as attempting to organize a bell ringing session in the middle of a deadly epidemic Doomsday Book , or frustrating efforts to analyze near death experiences by putting words in the mouths of interviewees Passage.


    This book is kind of a beautiful mess. I can think of few other authors with the equal ability to drive me absolutely insane and keep me reading, usually with a lump in my throat. This is my third Connie Willis novel. To Say Nothing of the Dog is one of my favorite books of all time, a comedic farce wrapped in a mystery wrapped in a sci-fi novel. It is probably too long and a lot of the plot relies on misunderstandings, miscommunication, missed connections and narrative dead ends. Doomsday Book [...]

    This book, about half-way through, does something one may not do half-way through a novel, and then continues, unabashed. I adore it.

    Ugh. I'm sorry, Connie, I like what I've read by you in the past, but I don't think this relationship can go any further. You have some neat ideas, and granted, Doomsday Book was amazing, but dammitall, your writing style is just too unimodal for me. Every single one of your books seems to be filled with this frantic energy of characters rushing around in a frenetic frenzy for several hundred pages; after a while, it just gets tiring. After the three books I've finished, it's just gotten old.I l [...]

    The premise of this book is interesting. Dr. Joanna Lander, a psychologist, specializes in studying near-death experiences. She teams up with a neurologist, Dr. Richard Wright (which was really distracting for me because I kept thinking of the mid-20th century African American author--this character is nothing like that Richard Wright) who has developed a way to manufacture near-death experiences (NDEs) using drugs. When their volunteer test subjects all disappear for various reasons, Joanna dec [...]

    Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’s 35 books, 6 of which I’d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and beca [...]

    Virginia Messina
    I can’t believe I read this whole book. I swear, every time I picked it up, someone had added another 25 pages to it. I thought about bailing at around page 100, and then again at page 200 and even at page 300! But I loved Doomsday by this same author, and couldn’t bring myself to give up on this one. It’s about near death experiences and the Titanic; how can that combination fail to be interesting? In fact, the story was interesting, but the book was too long by about 200 pages—-mostly [...]

    "Passage" is a remarkable work from a remarkable author. I've read it at least twice and it still blows me away. Willis treats the great question of what happens when we die with humor and sadness. Her treatment of the subject of dementia rang especially true. I had visited my grandmother in the nursing home (many, many miles away) when she was very far gone with senile dementia. She was completely unaware of her surrounding. Some of the things she was saying were eerily echoed in "Passage." I h [...]

    I will repeat my original review of this book here:I cannot, in all good conscience, recommend this novel. You will most likely wind up staying up all night to find out how it ends, and I also don't think it's healthy to hold your breath so long as I did while caught up in the final chapters.This is a brilliant, deeply engaging, philosophical piece of neuroscience-fiction that manages to ponder the Big Questions while maintaining an easy conversational style, numerous moments of both tears and l [...]

    Brendon Schrodinger
    This book made a grown man cry. Granted, deferring to my partner, 'grown man' may be too strong a word, but you get my point. I'm usually cold-hearted and cynical, but Connnie Willis knows how to press my teary buttons.At the time of first reading this I had a great lecturer called Joanna who fit the description of the main character to a tee, leaving me emotionally invested in the story more than the average reader.Moving away from me sobbing like a baby, this is classic Connie Willis. Magnific [...]

    Althea Ann
    Connie Willis excels at meshing humorously satirical commentary on interpersonal relationships with insights into the human condition that are so true they almost hurt. In 'Passage,' Joanna Lander is a researcher at a large hospital investigating near-death experiences. Her work is complicated by the difficulty of interviewing people who are near-death, but especially by the new-age charlatan who insists on being considered her colleague, Dr. Mandrake. Much of Joanna's time consists of trying to [...]

    This book left me reeling- it forces you to confront your own mortality. When I finished the book, I literally just laid on my bed with my eyes wide open. I suggested it to a friend, but she it found it "too difficult" to get into. If you're up for a deeply moving experience, I cannot recommend this book enough.

    It would be fair, I think, to say that Connie Willis has a formula. Take a well educated 30ish year old trying to solve an unsolveable scientific mystery. While trying avoid an incredibly annoying coworker/family member/etc, they meet a similarly inclined professional of the opposite sex who they join forces with. Armed with a general disdain for the absurdities of contemporary society and a somewhat uncanny knowledge of classic literature, they spend several hundred pages trying to piece togeth [...]

    Only Connie Willis could make me love a science-fiction novel about two doctors researching near-death experiences and their potential medical scope. The entire book is a buildup to a metaphor about life and death and grief, and when, about two thirds of the way through, Willis connects the threads and the metaphor comes together, the story proceeds in a way I could never have predicted, a way that's daring and gutwrenching and the only way she could possibly have taken her story.Passage - becau [...]

    haven't read a book that knocked the breath out of me like this one did in approximately, like, an eon. cerebral, intensely emotional, + passages of airtight suspense. i feel like i raved about the last willis book i read, too. didn't i? (my account's nifty already-read backlog tells me that i indeed did.) yes, the author could've shaved off a hundred pages or three, and the har-har elbowed joke of a supporting character cast (all! of them! stereotyped to the last dotted i and crossed t!) got pr [...]

    I went to the library to check out Willis' Doomsday, but this was the only Connie Willis book availableThere's a reason for that. It was awful.The plot plods along and, as mentioned before, the running gags are not only referenced too frequently, but they don't lend anything worthwhile to the story. The cafeteria's always closed, hallways are constantly being painted, Joanna never remembers to eat lunch but Richard's lab coat is magically a vending machine, poorly written comedy ensues yeah, we [...]

    I've read a few Connie Willis books now. And I've come to a conclusion. She's out to fuck with us. And she needs a better editor. The premise and core concept of this book are great. And I wanted to finish it because I had to know how it ended. But it was a torturous journey. This book reminded me very much of Doomsday Book, also by Connie Willis, in that so much could have been solved by people just talking plainly and picking up the god damn phone. It felt like 90% of this book was caused by p [...]

    "I must go in, the fog is rising." -- Emily Dickinson's last words "Why, man, they couldn't hit an elephant at this dist--" -- American Civil War General John Sedgwick's last words, at the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse "I beg your pardon, monsieur. I did not mean to do it." -- Marie Antoniette, after she had accidentally stepped on the executioner's foot while mounting the guillotine "Oh, sh!t." -- Last words found on the majority of flight recorders recovered after plane crashes "I shall he [...]

    I don't know what to say about this book. I feel like it deserves a review, and yet I feel like it deserves better than I can give it. Passage takes place in those four-to-six minutes that start when a brain loses oxygen and end when the dying brain cells can no longer hold on and the person’s consciousness slips beyond the point of no return. What does one say about that time, that time which we all must experience sooner or later, and ultimately must experience alone, as the human mind stru [...]

    OMG!!!!Finally!!!!!AFter all this time!!!!Whew!!!! Yes, this is my way of saying, "Holy Shit! This book was in serious need of a competent editor." 700 pagesover 16000 locations on my Kindle much unnecessary repetition. This would have been a good, to the point, great read at about 425 pages. The author was allowed to just go ond ond ond onexhausting! Also, way too much medical jargon. She had the doctors giving too much dialog about RIPT scans and all the different drugs and effects and honestl [...]

    This one of few books I have read that stayed with me long after I read the last page. The theme of the book that we come into this world alone and will leave alone echoed Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward, Angel.I agree that some of the hospital maze scenes do get tedious, but I was white-knuckled as Joanna tracked down the NDE of her subjects. The last few paragraphs are very sad and poignant.

    James M. Madsen, M.D.
    First things first: This is a spoiler-free review. And if you're considering reading "Passage," don't read the article about it first; that article includes in passing a spoiler for the most significant plot twist in the book, about three-quarters of the way through the tale."Passage" focuses on two researchers (Joanna Lander and Richard Wright) of near-death experiences (NDEs), on their subjects and friends (especially a sharp-as-a-tack nine-year-old cardiac patient, Maisie, and Joanna's forme [...]

    I’ve come to realize that my expectations of what to expect from Connie Willis are pretty permanently off-kilter. My first Willis book was To Say Nothing of the Dog. It’s a delightful and loving tribute to both Victorian comedies of manners and Golden Age mystery novels, and I consider it the funniest book I’ve ever read, surpassing even Douglas Adams and Sir Terry Pratchett. (GNU) And as a result of this, despite having read the several-hundred-pages-long punch to the stomach that was The [...]

    I cannot believe I am giving one star to a book written by Connie Willis. Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog are two of my all-time favorite novels--and I'm not even narrowing that down to sci-fi. But this was just a mess. One of the recurring themes in Willis' novels seems to be institutional and technological dysfunction. In Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog, this is kept within bounds and is mildly amusing. People keep missing each other, playing endless telephone tag, etc. [...]

    I FINISHED IT. Why did I finish it? I don't know. This book was unbelievably repetitive. The characters weren't fully-formed. It was repetitive. Passage took about 700 pages to decide what it wanted to be. It needed to be at least 300 pages shorter.Things Willis should have cut: the heavy foreshadowing about rogue, anything to do with the cafeteria, Mr. Mandrake, Mr. Wojakowski (or at least his endless, repetitive anecdotes), medical acronyms used repeatedly without explanation (we don't need to [...]

    3.5 stars if I could give them. I loved the entire second half of the book, loved the ideas, the plot twist, the ending, the imagery in the NDEs, and Joanna's revelation about what her NDE really means - all of that really spoke to me, especially considering that she seems to have the same views about death as I do - but the characterization, and the writing in the first half of the book just weren't as good as I know Willis can do. It's like she was in such a huge rush to get her ideas about de [...]

    Rabbit Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!
    Connie Willis is one of my fave sci-fi, she writes time travel sooooo well. :D

    Suzanne (Doppleganger)
    I'm going to be contemplating this book for a while. Passage one of those stories that lingers with you long after you read it. Part I For such a long book, it took very little time for me to ramp up and become involved with the characters and plot. I loved all the characters, even Mr. Mandrake the NDEvangelist. Well, I loved the way he sent Richard and Joanna scurrying away into stairwells, elevators, etc. There may not be anything likable about Mr. Mandrake, but he is beautifully crafted and I [...]

    Un livre complexe, qui va bien au-delà (sans mauvais jeu de mots) du livre dit de science-fiction. On y traite d'une multitude de sujets comme la mort, l'amour, la maladie, la vie après la mort, la médecine, etc. Les personnages sont vraiment attachants, surtout Maisie, et on apprécie de seulement passer du temps en leur compagnie. L'intrigue va un peu à gauche et à droite en même temps (intrigue multiple également, la maladie de Maisie, les recherches sur les EMI, ainsi que le parcours [...]

    This 2001 novel shows the same sprawl and bloat as in her latest two novels, leaving me yearning for the slim brilliance of her slightly earlier "Bellwether" and "To Say Nothing of the Dog". Here she flies with a creative idea of a female psychologist, Joanna, and a male neurologist teaming up to elucidate why the brain generates a relatively common set of experiences in near-death situations. That an experimental drug might help research by simulating the patterns engaged in the "Near Death Exp [...]

    So far this has been disappointing--I REALLY want to like it!It's about this psychologist-nerd lady who studies Near Death Experiences with this hot MD who replicates the NDE with medications. Psych Nerd starts to self-experiment when they can't get enough subjects to participate. It's taken 200 pages to get to her first self-experiment and that is FAR too long. I can't take 200 pages of silly banter and cheesiness before the action starts. There is way too much detail about the scientific proce [...]

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