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Title: Passage

Auhor: Connie Willis

Publisher: Voyager

Reviewer: Duncan Walker

Rating (out of 10): 7


This novel revolves around a psychologist research into near-death experiences. Initially trying to prove that these experiences are a survival mechanism for the brain as the body starts to shutdown. However, after going through a simulated near-death experience herself, she starts to suffer from feelings of dread and that there is something more behind what she experienced.

This is certainly a well written and researched book and it is not quite as predictable as it initially sounds (Its not a reworking of the film flatliners). Yet it does lack some of the originality of Willis other works, such as Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog. Not knowing whether to be a science fiction, horror or comic novel it has an uneasy balance between the three. A good read but slightly disappointing from such a good writer.

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