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Of the authors currently writing Irish fiction, Frank Delaney is without a doubt my favorite. His knowledge and love of Ireland come shining through on every page. Regardless of the era he is writing about, and whatever issues his characters are facing, they feel absolutely contemporary. That is to say, he brings the past to life, which is no mean feat.
This book might have been subtitled “The Time Traveller’s Guide to WWII.” This might be the best of her time travel books, which is a bold statement indeed. Blackout follows three different history students from the future “observing” Second World War London. However, when they become stranded in time, history assumes a reality it hadn’t before. A word of caution -- Blackout is only part one, with All Clear, the second half of the story.
The “sequel” to Blackout, Connie Willis won the Hugo and the Nebula awards for this (these) novel(s). I honestly think they should be read consecutively. And, apart from being some of Connie Willis’s best work, I think these are two of the best pieces of fiction about WWII.
This is without question the best time travel book ever written. A bold statement, but it's one I think will stand up. Finney dismisses any explanation of the mechanics of time travel and instead concentrates on what it is like as a modern man to be in 1880s New York City. This is a book I've re-read more than a few times. If you like Diana Gabaldon, you'll love this book.
In 1798, Irish patriots, committed to freeing their country from England, landed with a company of French troops in County Mayo, in westernmost Ireland. They were supposed to be an advance guard, followed by other French ships with the leader of the rebellion, Wolfe Tone. Briefly they triumphed, raising hopes among the impoverished local peasantry and gathering a group of supporters.