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SM Stirling - some spoilers

Discussion in 'The Book Rack' started by Glenn E. Meyer, Aug 17, 2004.

  1. Glenn E. Meyer

    Glenn E. Meyer

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    I really enjoyed the Island in the Sea of Time series. I thought the use of firearms was quite thoughtful as the Natucket folks had to reinvent firearms. I once talked to Stirling and told him that Texas wouldn't have turned in their firearms so they could be destroyed in a fire. He ackknowledged that was a plot device to eliminate most of the available modern firearms.

    He has a new series out about the US where the same event that displace Nantucket leaves the world with a changed physics that disrupts electricity and gunpowder. Waiting to see the reviews or get it from the library.
     
  2. Sulaco

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    I read the cult classic Drakon by Stirling and then picked up his alternate history Island In The Sea Of Time. While I enjoyed the novel idea of Nantucket being slung into the past, I found the lesbian main characters and error ridden plot to really detract from my overall enjoyment of the story. I think it should have been longer and more developed/researched. I think he easily has a good future in alternate history and would like to see more work in the future.
     

  3. Glenn E. Meyer

    Glenn E. Meyer

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    Stirling does have thing for lesbian characters. The Draka books had that also. Guess I was too dumb to pick up errors. One thing I like is that he killed Walker in a clever way. I had e-mailed after book 2 and said that, please, don't keep Walker around forever. And he killed him off.


    I liked the Peshwar Lancers book. The USA gets clobbered but the alternate history is interesting. I'd like to see more of this story.
     
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    Yes, I think the Peshawar Lancers story was one of his best. Did anyone read Conquest? I just finished it in paperback, not a bad story.