Category Archives: alternate history

Book Review: Copperhead by Tina Connoly

TOR
316 pp.

In Copperhead, the sequel to Ironskin, Jane’s sister Helen must navigate a tangled web of conspiracy when Jane disappears during a disastrous face lift procedure that goes terribly wrong. (It might have gone less wrong if it hadn’t been taking place during a party where a weapon meant to be used against the fey was being exhibited.) Continue reading

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Book Review: 1636: The Devil’s Opera by Eric Flint and David Carrico

Baen
510 pp.

1636: The Devil’s Opera involves the use of music as propaganda. (This is actually more interesting than the first line would indicate.) With Emperor Gustavus Adolphus non compos mentis and with Chancellor Oxenstierna attempting to take over the government, it suddenly becomes very important to make sure Magdeburg, the capitol city of the USE remains prominent in the minds of the populace. It’s decided that the best way to do this is with an opera showing support for the emperor. Various people are assembled to make this happen, including Marla Linder and her company of downtime musical partners. (Marla also decides to sing a song from Les Miserables which has some dangerous political sentiments guaranteed to ruffle the feathers of the nobility.) Continue reading

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Book Review: 1636: The Kremlin Games by Eric Flint, Gorg Huff & Paula Goodlett

BAEN
408 pp.

The events of The Kremlin Games actually stretches between 1631 (the arrival of Grantville in Germany) and 1636. Our main protagonist is Bernie Zeppi, a former auto mechanic who is not quite sure what to do with himself in the strange new world that is the 17th Century. He gets hired as a technology consultant by a Russian noble who has been sent by the czar to investigate Grantville. Russia of the 17th Century is about two centuries behind the rest of Europe, and Bernie is kind of the bargain basement version of a consultant but is the best Russian rubles can buy. Continue reading

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Book Review: Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal

TOR
357 pp.

In Without a Summer, Jane and Vincent return to Jane’s family home for a visit. The visit turns sour due to an unseasonably cold spring that might translate into a financial setback for Jane’s family. In addition, Jane’s sister Melody is suffering from a combination of a lack of marital prospects and melancholia. Jane and Vincent decide to take Melody with them to London for the social season after accepting a commission from Lord Stratton. (It turns out they are Irish, which gives Jane some serious misgivings.) Continue reading

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Book Review: Burdens of the Dead by Mercedes Lackey, David Freer and Eric Flint

BAEN
438 pp.

The Children of Alexandria series has the following premise: Due to the libarian/philosopher/teacher Hypatia mysteriously converting to Christianity after a debate with a mysterious figure, she is able to save the Library of Alexandria and avoid being torn apart by Christian monks. With this significant change in history, magic and magical creatures exist and continue to share a somewhat uneasy existence with the mortal world. (Magic users are accepted by the Hypatian Order, and this version of Christianity is slightly less horrible to non-Christians during this time period. Jews and other non-Christians are still confined in ghettoes but you get the feeling there are fewer pogroms.) Continue reading

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Book Review: Timeless by Gail Carriger

Orbit
386 pp.
Timeless is the final book in the Parasol Protectorate series. Our Heroine has been living in one of the closets of Lord Akeldama’s home so she can be close to her daughter. (If you will recall, Akeldama is supposed to be the primary caregiver, so a certain amount of subterfuge is required.) She needs to be close to her daughter because Prudence does not actually possess the quality she is named for and has the distressing habit of being wild, reckless and nearly uncontrollable. (A toddler with the ability to become whatever supernatural person she touches is especially difficult to handle if you are say, a vampire, especially if you are a vampire who is now mortal because the kid stole your powers.) Continue reading

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Book Review: Naamah’s Blessing, by Jacqueline Carey

Grand CentralPublishing
610 pp.

Naamah's Blessing (Kushiel's Legacy)In this book, Moirin briefly returns to Terre d’Ange with her husband Bao, then ends up traveling through Central America (or rather, Terra Nova) in search of the missing Dauphin of Terre d’Ange. She also ends up acting as a sort of godparent to Jehanne and Daniel’s daughter Desirée and locks horns with her ex-lover Raphael who has put his ability to communicate with ants to very sinister use. Moirin also does her by now usual “fix a society by having sex with a ruler” shtick and manages to make friends in unusual places. (Yes, I am being flippant.) Continue reading

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