1 started reading this book (about time travel and disease - specifically a flu outbreak) while on Christmas vacation...in a town dealing with a flu outbreak. Hospitals were restricting visitors to avoid exposure and nursing homes were on "lock down" to keep the residents as healthy as possible. I watched the characters in the story deal with the same measures (and more) as they tried to stall the spread of an unknown flu virus. I had no idea that Doomsday Book would fit so (creepily) well with that ambiance.
I had already marked this book as "read", however, I don't think I actually ever read all of it. I think I originally read the first few chapters and then mistakenly marked it as "read". This time around I absolutely devoured this book and wish I had stuck with it the first time around. From the history standpoint it's every historian's dream -- the opportunity to go back in time to witness the history first-hand as it's being made. From the fantasy/science fiction standpoint it's a well-written (obviously since it won the Hugo AND Nebula awards) and multi-layered journey through the perils of time travel and epidemiology.
This was an excellent book! While I'm not excited to start my yearly tally with a book that has the word "Doomsday" in the title, I am happy it was a riveting five-star read.
Also, remember to wash your hands.