Well, we all know I’m a sucker for Baen E-ARCs. Hell, I’m surprised they’re not sending me a heads-up every time one that fits my buying habits becomes available. Because obviously I’m checking every couple of days.
1637: THE PEACOCK THRONE. This one is about India. It should be fun!
The Trail of Glory is Eric Flint’s alternate history series about the Cherokee, and I’d love to know why it hasn’t been finished yet. I’m pretty sure that there’s something going on, there, only I don’t know exactly what. Which is a shame, because it was turning out to be a ripping adventure yarn.
eARC from Baen, and I don’t care: I love eARCs. Eric Flint & Dave Freer’s All the Plagues of Hell is the latest in their Heirs of Alexandria alternate history series: it’s set in a Renaissance Italy where magic works and there’s a bunch of gods wandering around. It’s quite fun; this is the first new book in a while. It’s also what I’m reading today, so there we go. Book of the Week, all neat and tidy-like.
Been reading the 163x Grantville alternate history series again, mostly because I wanted to. 1636: The Kremlin Games (authors Eric Flint, Gorg Huff, and Paula Goodlett) is a reasonably standalone novel in that series, and pretty engrossing. Russia’s always an interesting locale to put a speculative fiction story, not least because the place seems half-fantastic to Western readers anyway.
And so, adieu to The Day of the Triffids.
This is the Advanced Reader’s Copy of 1636: The Ottoman Onslaught, of course. I know some people don’t like those, but I can live with the occasional grammatical error and glitch in exchange for getting the book early – so I’m going to keep mentioning these when they come out and that’s just the way it is, folks. Alas, alack.
Also alas, alack: haven’t had a chance to read it yet. Combination of kid’s homework, roast chicken cooking, and the usual… usual. You’d think that I’d figure out by now that the best anodyne is work…
…for your ARC drops today. Ring of Fire IV, a book short stories in John Ringo’s Black Tide Rising series, and a new Leary-Mundy book from David Drake. It’s like the publisher knew that February was pure Hell on Earth for me. Or that I’m still going to be white-knuckling March.
Hey, I like alternate history and 1635: The Eastern Front has all sorts of interesting things going on in the margins. Besides, the more Eric Flint sells, the more likely he is to get the latest book in his Trail of Glory series published.
And so farewell, Red State Uprising: How to Take Back America.
Another one on the can’t-wait list: Torch of Freedom is Eric Flint and David Weber’s sequel to Crown of Slaves, which is itself one of the books of Weber’s Honorverse space opera series. Sort of Hornblower, only with starships. Suffice it to say that I buy these in hardcover, when I can.
So, it being Sunday, we replace the previous sequel (Imager’s Challenge: The Second Book of the Imager Portfolio) with this sequel.
This was never said by Andrew Jackson – although if he had ever had cause to, it would certainly fit his personality:
“Besides, it doesn’t matter. The thing that separates our party from – whatever you want to call that pack of scoundrels who don’t agree on much of anything except they want power – is this, before it’s anything else. You figure out what you think the republic needs. First. Then you figure out how to get enough people to vote for you. What you don’t do – ever – is go at it the other way. Leave that to the Henry Clays of the world.”
– Eric Flint, 1824: The Arkansas War
A paragraph that needs to be burned in various and sundry people’s retinas, methinks.
Crossposted to RedState.