Jul
06
2019
2

Book of the Week: Alpha and Omega.

Alpha and Omega is a bit of a departure for Harry Turtledove in that it is not alternate history: it is, instead, a look at what it would be like if [X]-millenarianism became a thing (prefix carefully not specified). As in, Third Temple rebuilding and red heifers and just how literally* Christians should take the Book of Revelation. There’s a lot of people who will find the book to be rank heresy, of course, but the folks likely to be most upset are hard-shelled secularists: Turtledove does his very best to keep from using the standard lazy slams at various faith traditions, and in a lot of ways his fundamentalist Christian viewpoint character is the most open-minded of the bunch**. Even if his eventual conclusions lead right back to the ‘rank heresy’ thing (a result admittedly shared by every other viewpoint character in this book).

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Mar
09
2019
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Book of the Week: Alpha and Omega.

Right now I’m just waiting for books to come out. Harry Turtledove’s Alpha and Omega is one of them. Gonna be about the end of the world, Biblical style! Kind of curious to see what he does with that.

Jul
18
2017
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In the mail: Armistice: The Hot War.

Harry Turtledove’s latest in his Hot War series, which is set in an alternate universe where we started throwing A-bombs around in response to setbacks in the Korean War.  Armistice: The Hot War is shaping up to be one of those series where people don’t precisely win; they just kind of survive it.  Which is kind of interesting, because his last series (The War That Came Early) is the exact opposite.  In that alternate history the world thinks that it went through the wringer, even though having the war start over Czechoslovakia ended up ensuring that most of Western Europe got through it all relatively easily.  Heck, even the Germans ended up in that one with no Hitler, continued union with Austria, and the Holocaust stopped before it could even begin.

Sorry; geeking.  Anyway, it’s good, so far, but Armistice is the third book in a series. So read the first two… first.




Dec
22
2015
4

Book of the Week: Every Inch A King.

Every Inch a King is not Harry Turtledove’s weightiest work; but it’s entertaining.  It’s only technically fantasy: basically, real life created a story so absurd that Turtledove had to add fantastic elements to it. Nobody would have believed that it happened, otherwise.

There’s a lesson, there.

And so, adieu to Binscombe Tales – The Complete Series.
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Jul
14
2015
3

In the Mail: ‘Bombs Away.’

Bombs Away: The Hot War is a Harry Turtledove alternate history novel in which the Korean War went nuclear.  In retrospect, having this book come out the same day as the Iran ‘deal’ may end up being rather highly ironic, albeit in an unintentional way. The universe can half an odd sense of humor, sometimes…




Oct
26
2014
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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.

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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.




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