Grantville Gazette V (The 1632 Universe)

Grantville Gazette V (The 1632 Universe)

by Eric Flint


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The most popular alternate history series of all continues. 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. And the natives of that time period, faced with American technology and politics, need to be equally adaptable. Here’s a generous helping of more stories of Grantville, the American town lost in time, and its impact on the people and societies of a tumultuous age.

· Cardinal Richelieu, France’s insidious master plotter and power behind the throne, learns of his prominent role in Dumas’ not-yet-written novel The Three Musketeers (not to mention the several movie versions), and starts a search for the “real” D’Artagnan.

· Grantville is selling crystal radio sets so that Europeans can tune in to the Voice of America broadcasts, but the technicians from the future are at wit’s end, trying to reproduce “primitive” early twentieth century broadcasting equipment by trial and error—until a trained library researcher shows up in town.

· Wilhelm Krieger, one of Germany’s greatest philosophers, comes to Grantville to learn the philosophy of the future—and meets a contrarian cracker-barrel philosopher.

· The Dalai Lama of the seventeenth century receives a strange gift: an image of the Buddha which glows by a strange mystical force called “electricity.”

And much more, including stories by the New York Times best-selling writers Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce, in the latest installment of this best-selling alternate history series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439132791
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 08/11/2009
Series: Ring of Fire Series
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.42(d)

About the Author

Eric Flint is the author/creator of the New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series. His impressive first novel, Mother of Demons (Baen), was selected by SF Chronicle as one of the best novels of 1997. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the Belisarius series, and with David Weber collaborated on 1633, and 1634: The Baltic War, two novels in the Ring of Fire series, and on Crown of Slaves, a best of the year pick by Publishers Weekly. Flint received his masters degree in history from UCLA and was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in East Chicago, IL, with his wife and is working on more books in the best-selling Ring of Fire series.

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Grantville Gazette V (The 1632 Universe) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
bgknighton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good, solid addition to the canon and history of Grantville. Adds more depth to the storyline. Very enjoyable.
timothyl33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a book of several short stories from the 1632 story line, the quality of the stories seem to fall into two categories. A) Self contained stories that do not assume outside knowledge of outside events or characters -or-B) Stories that treat events or characters outside of the story as common knowledge. As most people familiar with this series should know by know, the 1632 is, unfortunately, a series of diminished returns. It's too insular to those trying to read stories that have scenes that seem to have little relevance to the plot at hand and as much, leaves it less and less engaging for casual readers of the franchise. Still, the fact that there was so many short stories in the book with a focused plot and characters, made it easier for me to enjoy.I'm sure you can guess which of the stories I preferred.
Va_Trucker More than 1 year ago
This will be my last "Gazette". I mainly buy books because I like the authors style or the storyline. Eric Flint is one of my favorites, but in this gazette format you only get one (1) story from him in the book. The rest of the authors, while they may be competent, are not anywhere near his ability to elicit emotion through their stories like he can. If they are released in paperback I may purchase them in order to keep up with the storyline of the 1632 series. He does note that he lets these stories flesh out areas that he isn't going to address.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago