Salamis is Harry Turtledove’s latest Hellenistic historical fiction novel. Come, I will conceal nothing from you: the last four years have not been awesome for either Turtledove’s mood, or his demeanor. But the book itself remains free from all of that. Worth checking out, as is the series itself.
I’m rereading Harry Turtledove’s Darkness series. It’s basically the retelling of World War II through a fantasy lens, with a lot of linguistic and anthropological jokes crammed in. Turtledove might be getting a little, ah, cranky at times lately, but this is good stuff. Worth checking out.
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).
Continue reading 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.
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.
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.
Continue reading Book of the Week: Every Inch A King.
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…
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.
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. Continue reading In The Mail: Harry Turtledove’s Last Orders.
“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.