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  1. 03 Jul '09 05:55
    I've just started reading the World War series and am really enjoying them. What are your thoughts on Harry Turtledove and "Alternative histories" in general?
  2. 03 Jul '09 15:32
    Not bad. When you read these fellows you sacrfice real writing for ideas. Characters are pretty flat. Storyline carries you along.
  3. 03 Jul '09 16:47
    Stirling is sort of like him. The Natucket triology wasn't too bad.

    For Turtledove I read the Civil War books. It's an interesting perspective.
  4. 04 Jul '09 16:31
    Originally posted by Zort Boy
    I've just started reading the World War series and am really enjoying them. What are your thoughts on Harry Turtledove and "Alternative histories" in general?
    I have heard that the World War series is good, but when I went to the local bookshop, they didn't have them; I picked up his Ruled Britannia instead. So far: woeful.

    It's my fault, though, should have looked at the book properly. A novel in which the lead character is William Shakespeare, and has the tagline on the cover "To be free, or not to be free..." Ouch. Could be the first book I ever make a conscious decision not to finish.
  5. 06 Jul '09 08:19
    I usually go with the thirty page test. If I'm not in to it by then I don't bother.