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Grantville Gazette IV Hardcover – June 3, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; First Edition edition (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416555544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416555544
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, including the new novel The Dance of Time, 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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Eric Flint is the co-author of three New York Times best sellers in his Ring of Fire alternate history series. His first novel for Baen, Mother of Demons, was picked by Science Fiction Chronicle as a best novel of the year. His 1632, which launched the Ring of Fire series, won widespread critical praise, as from Publishers Weekly, which called him an SF author of particular note, one who can entertain and edify in equal, and major, measure. A longtime labor union activist with a Masters Degree in history, he currently resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on August 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Grantville Gazette IV (2008) is the fourth SF alternate history anthology based on this electronic magazine. This volume contains nine stories, one continuing serial, and four articles. It also includes a preface by the editor and two afterwords.

FICTION:

The Anatomy Lesson by Eric Flint shows that one should not make assumptions.

Poor Little Rich Girls by Paula Goodlett and Gorg Huff reveals another incidence in the lives of the Barbie Consortium.

'Til We Meet Again by Virginia DeMarce depicts the consequences of an industrial accident.

One Man's Junk by Karen Bergstralh relates the problems of a journeyman smith who has been denied his rank.

Chip's Christmas Gift by Russ Rittgers tells of one man's payment for the hospitality offered to him.

Dice's Drawings by Dan Robinson describes the relationship between an uptimer man and a downtimer woman.

The Class of '34 by Kerryn Offord is about a class picnic that goes awry.

Magdeburg Marines: The Few and the Proud by Jose J. Clavell discloses the manner in which the Grantville Marine Corps came into existence.

Elizabeth by Ernest Lutz and John Zeek conveys the experiences of a junior officer in the establishment of the first Army Railway Battalion.

CONTINUING SERIALS:

Heavy Metal Music by David Carrich recounts the reunion of Franz with his friends from Mainz.

FACT:

Drillers in Doublets by Iver P. Cooper describes the possibilities for developing a petroleum industry in the USE.

How to Keep Your Old John Deere Plowing by Allen W. McDonnell suggests several alternatives for fueling diesel vehicles in Grantville.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rodger Raubach VINE VOICE on June 22, 2008
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I have come to enjoy the Grantville Gazette, as it often provides a convenient bridge for author Flint to skip some time to the onset of another "Ring of Fire" novel without having to pad the next installment with reams of filler.

Since there are many new writers selling their wares for the first time, many of the cameos are less than polished, and many show signs of expanding into ongoing serials; i.e. David Carrico's "Heavy Metal."

Another reason for liking this volume is the structure: it allows a person with limited time available to reads a short story related to the major plot line of the 163X series.

Overall, I liked "The Anatomy Lesson", "Heavy Metal", and "Elisabeth" the best in this volume, and didn't particularly care for several others. I didn't do any fancy calculations to assign my 4 star rating to this issue of the Grantville Gazette. Overall, I enjoyed the book, and I give it a "thumbs-up."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles E. Miller on November 4, 2008
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Eric Flint's fourth edition of the Grantville Gazette continues the high quality of writing started with volume one. This edition contains ten new short stories by as many authors. In it we meet new characters and catch up with some we have met before. A fair mix of up timers who have come from the twenty first century to the seventeenth, and down timers who have come to see the wonders of the future. Even those who have not read any of the earlier works in this series can enjoy this book. It also continues the thread of including several non-fictional articles to explain the technical difficulties the residents of Grantville must overcome to stay modern. As long as Flint can keep his hand on the framework and flow of the stories, this can go on and on, as many of us hope it will.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Siegert on July 19, 2008
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I have followed the 1632 Ring of Fire world for several years now and it just keeps getting more and more interesting. The "side stories" are fascinating and more realistic in that the characters are people that we could run into in our lives, as opposed to those rarer types who are the main cast, such as Mike and Rebbecca, Harry and the Nasi Bankers and Spys.

I am also really pleased at the way fundamental, crucial issues that are not glamorous are dealt with, such as GNP, the economies of nations and stock market ups and downs based on rumors. These are talked about in ways that make them clearer than the "news media" explain them, except for the Public Radio and Public Television programs, of course.

It was especially noteworthy to see the further adventures of The Barbie Consortium. This story had to be a labor of love, pain and healing. There are several important lessons here about shock, suffering, pain and healing and I hope that others are helped by reading this. It goes beyond rape to other traumatic situations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Howard A. Curle Jr. on July 25, 2008
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All of the stories in this edition of the Grantville Gazette were very entertaining, especially the stories that continued from the last edition. Eric Flint is to be commended for opening up his creation so that other writers can tell stories in this amazing universe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John R. Johnson on July 16, 2008
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I highly recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of the 1632 universe created by Eric Flint. The short stories in this book help to fill in the background in the 1632verse and prepare you for the emerging new history in 1630's Europe. These stories will help you to better understand what is going on in the main story threads of the new universe.

And I really enjoyed the stories for themselves.
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