Oct
26
2014
0

Book of the Week: ‘Ruled Britannia.’

As I noted in passing a few years ago: Ruled Britannia is an alternate history novel involving William Shakespeare living in an England that was conquered by the Spanish Armada.  And it very well may be his finest book.  Admittedly, I’m prejudiced when it comes to Shakespeare.

 

And so, farewell to Bitter Seeds.

Jul
15
2014
6

In The Mail: Harry Turtledove’s Last Orders.

Came this morning; spent the afternoon reading it. Last Orders: The War That Came Early is probably the last book in a series that postulates an alternative Second World War that started over Czechoslovakia and not Poland; no spoilers, but as you can imagine the situation ended rather differently for everybody concerned.  Whether it was for the better – specifically, over the long term – was not resolved by the end of this book.

I liked the series,  but if this sounds interesting to you you should start with Hitler’s War: The War That Came Early, Book One. (more…)

Jan
21
2014
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There’s a good Harry Turtledove short story up on Tor.com.

The Eighth-Grade History Class Visits the Hebrew Home for the Aging.” Not gonna say anything more on the subject; you can go ahead and read it on your own.

But I enjoyed it.

 

Dec
03
2013
1

In The Mail: “Supervolcano: Things Fall Apart.”

Supervolcano: Things Fall Apart is Harry Turtledove’s final book (I think) in the series about what would happen if the Yellowstone caldera exploded the way that it’s apparently supposed to do any time now (spoiler warning: life would really, really, really suck). I’m reading it, as I do all things Turtledove, and I’m enjoying it… but the blurbs for the book (which suggest a looming DOOM) don’t really match the text (which suggests that life is simply going to really, really, really suck for a while). I’m not saying don’t check it out; Harry Turtledove can’t control the people who write ad copy for his books. But apocalypse porn* this is not.
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Dec
03
2012
5

Just finished Supervolcano: All Fall Down.

Supervolcano: All Fall Down by Harry Turtledove was pretty good, if you care for the story of the slow-motion collapse of the United States of America* after the worst geological event in recorded history (the eruption of the Yellowstone caldera); particularly as seen through the eyes of a not-particularly-super-heroic, fairly standard American family.  There are a bunch of folks who don’t like that sort of thing; then again, there are people who didn’t like Cloverfield.  I don’t judge.

Anyway, that was what I was doing this afternoon.

Moe Lane

*Plus, oh, right, the rest of the planet.

Jul
21
2011
3

Definition of ‘Painfully switching mental gears.’

Finishing Harry Turtledove’s The War That Came Early: The Big Switch (latest in a goood WWII alternate history series, not to mention one that ominous as all hell) and starting Gail Carriger’s Heartless (The Parasol Protectorate) (latest in a good steampunk/Victorian urban fantasy series, and YOU JUST SHUT UP YOU SHUT UP RIGHT NOW)*.  As I noted, both are good, but they have somewhat… different… mindsets to them.

So it goes.

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Jan
11
2010
6

Book of the Week: Mission of Honor.

Yeah, the title and the author (David Weber) tells you that Mission of Honor is part of the Honor Harrington series, which I stopped struggling against trying to not buy in hardcover years ago.  Because I am weak.  So weak that I know that I’ll buy this – somehow – when it comes out next June.

And so we say farewell to Sentry Peak. It had a longer run than normal, at least.

Moe Lane

Dec
27
2009
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Book of the Week: Sentry Peak.

It’s a few years old, but the inside blurb promises that Sentry Peak is going to be the weirdest American Civil War novel that you’ll ever read; and while that may or may not be strictly true, it’s certainly up there. Take a look at the cover for confirmation of that. First of a series.

And so, it being Sunday we say goodbye to Zodiac.

Moe Lane (more…)

Sep
27
2009
3

Book of the Week: Liberating Atlantis.

As it is Sunday, we shall now switch out On Stranger Tides for Harry Turtledove’s Liberating Atlantis. It’s the third book of an alternate history series where the eastern half of the North American continent (named Atlantis by the inhabitants) had apparently been detached millions of years previously and more or less parked in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The previous two books highlighted the alternate’s version of the Age of Discovery and the American Revolution; this one looks to address Atlantis’ version of the American Civil War.

Or you could just buy it because it’s by Harry Turtledove. I find that to be a remarkably successful book-buying strategy.

Moe Lane

Aug
09
2009
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Book of the Week: The Breath of God.

Finally, yes: we’ll switch out SM Stirling’s The Sword of the Lady for Harry Turtledove’s The Breath of God, which is his sequel to Beyond the Gap. It’s pretty much an alien invasion series, only set during a Bronze Age with magic, and with no spaceships.

Jul
26
2009
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Book of the Week: The Sword of the Lady.

It being Sunday, we remove Harry Turtledove’s Hitler’s War – which I will figure out how to acquire in a week or so; and bring in S.M. Stirling’s The Sword of the Lady, which I have an entire month to figure out how to acquire. It’s good for me, really. Teaches me resourcefulness.

Really.

Moe Lane

Jul
19
2009
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Book of the Week: Hitler’s War.

It being Sunday, it is time to change the Book of the Week; and so we switch out Where the Deep Ones Are with Hitler’s War, mostly because I can’t wait for it to come out. I’m weak like that.

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