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eBook 1632 (Assiti Shards) download

by Eric Flint

eBook 1632 (Assiti Shards) download ISBN: 0613366719
Author: Eric Flint
Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval (February 2001)
Language: English
ePub: 1472 kb
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Rating: 4.4
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Category: Pseudoscience
Subcategory: Science Fiction

Eric Flint bibliography.

Eric Flint bibliography.

The Assiti Shards series is a fictional universe invented by Eric Flint. The defining characteristic of the fictional universe is the existence of the "Assiti Shards effect", and the impact that strikes by Assiti Shards have on characters in the stories

So, I finished reading Eric Flint's 1632 recently.

So, I finished reading Eric Flint's 1632 recently. The premise of the book is a modern-day West Virginia miner town is thrown backward in time to the middle of the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years War. The Good: It's established in the introduction to the book that when the town is sent back in time - due to some aliens monkeying with space-time as a form of "art" - another universe splits off. So it is possible for the 20th century people in the town to change the timeline.

The Assiti were a sophisticated and curious alien race that mastered spacetime, which they used in making "art". However, their amusement and practice in their "artwork" was dangerous. For example, a minor mistake by the Assiti caused the transportation of the West Virginian town of Grantville and its inhabitants to the midst of 17th-century Europe during the Thirty Years' War, creating a whole new universe

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This is something of an oddball volume, so it’s perhaps fitting that it has an oddball history. Many of the stories contained herein first saw life as stories intended to be published in the electronic magazine devoted to the 1632 series, the Grantville Gazette.

1632 is an alternate history written by Eric Flint, the author of Mother of Demons, which was selected by Science Fiction Chronicle as one of the best novels of 1997. Eric Flint was born in southern California in 1947. Flint is also the co-author, with David Drake, of the acclaimed Belisarius series: An Oblique Approach, In the Heart of Darkness, Destiny's Shield and Fortune's Stroke (forthcoming in June, 2000). He received a bachelor's degree from UCLA in 1968 and did some work toward a P. in history, with a specialization in history of southern Africa in the 18th and early 19th centuries, also at UCLA.

Eric flint series: Assiti shards. The most popular alternate history series of all continues. 1812: The Rivers of War. Eric Flint. Eric Flint's acclaimed 1634: The Galileo Affair was a national bestseller from one of the most talked-about voices in his field. When an inexplicable cosmic disturbance hurls your town from twentieth century West Virginia back to seventeenth century Europe - and into the middle of the Thirty Years War - you'd better be adaptable to survive.

Eric Flint Bibliography Connected to the 1632 series will be another series which I'm calling the Assiti Shards series. The first book in that series is Timespike, which I co-authored with Marilyn Kosmatka (2008). Connected to the 1632 series will be another series which I'm calling the Assiti Shards series. The Honor Harrington series (by David Weber).

Comments: (7)
I really wanted to like this book, a 21st century american town transported to the 1600's, but the author did everything possible to spoil it for me.
In the era of the inquisition where mold on your bread could result in being accused of witchcraft, the acceptance of electric lights, automobiles and automatic weapons was barely even mentioned. The story quickly turned into a inter dimensional love story between the hildago and the Jewish damsel in distress.
The final straw was the high school cheerleaders complete with pom poms doing the defense cheer to the 1600's Scottish cavalry mercenaries! yes really.
The best thing about the book was its price, free. Only thing lost was a few hours of disbelief.
This first tale in the Ring of Fire series was interesting and fun. The effect of modern technology on medieval warfare was handled well. The characters' transition from modern-day America to Germany in the middle of the Thirty Years War was,perhaps, overly simplified, but seemed acceptable in the context of the story.

The close, work-together-and-never-complain attitude of the translated townsfolk was not so believable - the only opposition was a minor character who was a stranger to the most of the others and who played little role in the tale. The drive to recreate America-at-its-ideal-best advanced so rapidly and with so much cooperation that it was again not quite believable - a Norman Rockwell painting.
Imagine scooping a 6 mile diameter ball out of the earth somewhere in West Virginia such that the top hemisphere is air and the bottom hemisphere is a 6 mile across circle at ground level, scooped out with a cosmic scooper by an alien race. It is then swapped with another Earth where the calendar is ca. 1632. The instance of the swap spawns a parallel universe so anything the 21st century Americans end up doing in their new home in 15th century Germany will have no impact on the world of the birth. This a very clever concept because it avoids all sorts of time paradox issues.

I will say the American chauvinism comes across hot and heavy. But by the end of the story has been pounded into a compromise that will offer I hope the best of both worlds - Monarchy and Democracy. If I get around to reading the other books in the series, I suppose I'll find out.
I was recommended this book by multiple folks who like the same kind of historical fiction I do. I found the book interesting, but not so interesting that it compelled me to keep reading. If you're interested in historic battles and military fiction, you might find this book appealing.

Really appreciated that the author did a ton of research to get every piece of the puzzle correct and the attention to detail in the immersive world is wonderful. Would I read it again? Probably not, but it was good entertainment for the couple weeks it took me to finish it.
I noticed that this novel was available on the Baen Free Library and downloaded it to my Nook. Although originally written as a stand-alone novel, it became the first book in a series of over 50 novels, short story anthologies, and issues of an on-line semi-prozine (The Grantville Gazette) by Flint and a series of co-authors including David Weber and Mercedes Lackey. Known as the 1632-verse, the Ring of Fire series, or the Assiti Shards series, there is also a role-playing game. It was originally published in 2000 about the same time as another book with a similar premise, Island in the Sea of Time by S.M. Stirling, which is why I had never gotten around to reading Flint’s book. In Stirling’s novel, the entire island of Nantucket is transported to 1250 BC. In Flint’s novel, he creates the fictional coal mining town of Grantville, West Virginia (population about 3,500), based on the hometown of Flint’s mother, and transports it and the surrounding countryside, including the town’s power plant, in time and space to Germany in 1631 AD, right smack in the middle of the Thirty Years War.
Historical characters include King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden and Cardinal Richelieu (one of the most popular historical characters in fiction going back at least as far as The Three Musketeers). The main character in this book is Mike Stearns, a native of Grantville who left the town first to pursue a professional boxing career and then joined the army. When he returned to Grantville, he went to work in the local coal mine and became the head of the local chapter of the United Mine Workers. After the people in the town figure out what has happened to them, they elect him head of their community. He quickly meets and falls in love with a Sephardic Jewess.
Because of the violence and the emphasis on military action, you could group this with military science fiction as well as time travel fiction. One of the characters, an army veteran, just happened to abscond with an M-60 machine gun when he left the service. Another character, a cheerleader, is also an expert marksperson. I enjoyed the book and may read one of the others in the series one day but don’t feel an overwhelming urge to do so.
If you’re a fan of the alternate history work, this series are the books for you. Eric Flint has come up with a series of stories that are great for the imagination and grab your attention from the start.

1632 starts us off in the small coal mining town of Grantville and the people there. The town is sent back in time to the year 1632 where the join forces with the king of Sweden.

The stories are great as they play out the what if’s of how modern day weaponry fighting in the past might play out.

I don’t want to give away too much of the story line, so I’ll just say this.

If You Enjoy science fiction and a good read get this book. If you’re not a fan of science fiction and yet like a good book, get it anyway. In my humble opinion, it wont disappoint.