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.

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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.

Jan
23
2009
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I wonder if Turtledove & Zabel will ever finish this?

“This” being the alternate history book WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT: The Impeachment & Trial of John F. Kennedy, Written by Harry Turtledove & Bryce Zabel, which postulates as its divergence point the failed assassination of JFK. They’ve got three chapters up at the site, and it looks like a pretty good story – but there hasn’t been any action on this for almost two years, which seems a shame. Harry Turtledove‘s a master at the genre, and we’re about due for some serious reexamining of the Kennedy era.

Jan
17
2009
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Looking for something to read? (Harry Turtledove)

(Today’s guy: Harry Turtledove)

I’m actually not a very good book reviewer, mostly because I… I have no idea why, actually.  I’m just not.  You don’t hear very many people matter-of-factly answer Because I just suck at it to that particular question, which is a shame.  There’d be less time wasted if more people did.

Well, despite my sucking at book reviewing, I recommend that you pick up Harry Turtledove’s The Man with the Iron Heart if you were or are at all relieved at the way that the Surge turned out.  Or if you have a Lefty friend whose perception you want to test.

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