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Grantville Gazette II (The Assiti Shards) Hardcover – March 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: The Assiti Shards
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; First Edition edition (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416520511
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416520511
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,202,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gripping and expertly detailed a treat for lovers of action science fiction or alternative history." Publishers Weekly"

About the Author

Eric Flint's 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, a novel 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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All of the tales were good.
Psin Khan
If you like the 1632 series, you will like this anthology of stories by Eric Flint and the other authors working in the 1632 Universe.
Rick Boatright
I like the continuing short stories.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Frank Bartus on April 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Disclaimer: As an introductory point for those not familiar with the ''1632verse'' series, this book is set in the years 1631-1633 and is an alternate history. It is but one of ten works in publication in just over 'five' years!!! Reading this book by itself is okay, but the first (lead) novel '1632' is free online from the Baen Free Library, and you will be best off enjoying that first. (Note the series is not consistantly labeled by Amazon, see wikipedia or Baen.com for the proper books in the collection. For example, the second novel is listed first under co-author David Weber, and not Eric Flint.)

This is a most unusual, and in my mind a very historical series since it's roots are not just the fruits of one author's thoughts, but based on the ideas and experience of hundreds. Yes hundreds, perhaps thousands. Since 2000 the marvelous webform Baen's Bar [...] has had a niche called 1632 Tech, which initially continued discussions started over in David Webers dedicated forum 'Buships'. After a friendly 'eviction' to the new 1632 Tech forum the discussions continued and picked up steam. It is certain that Eric Flint had not intended the lead book in the series '1632' to be the first of a series--he's said so, multiple times. But when the public calls, an author rethinks his schedule and begins considering feasibility and plot elements. This is what took place on the bar in those days, and has ever since in 1632 Tech. At some point the public won, and Eric conceded to do a sequel and the cheers began.

That concession produced the '1633' novel co-written by NYT best selling author David Weber, which appears under Webers by-line 'first listed author' (Marketing!!!) as the (then) better known author due to the arcane habits of print publication.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hugh C. Haynsworth IV on March 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Like all of the other anthologies so far in this series, this deals not with the great movements of the times, but the everyday lives of uptimers and downtime German and Italian commoners. These are short bite-size pieces that are very satisfying individually, and make the whole 163x universe more full and fulfilling. Heck even the non-fiction articles are all fascinating. Buy, Buy, Buy. Even better, contribute these to all middle school and high school libraries in your area. This will help students better understand one of the most complicated and disastrous periods of European history.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jedidiah Palosaari VINE VOICE on April 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
When you write an anthology you can get really variable work. When you have amateur writers, even with a good editor, the variableness is especially noticable. As such, most of the stories in this collection were bland and uninteresting. Even Flint's failed to grab the reader, and for all the ballyhoo of a Flint story in the collection, it reads like he quickly whipped out 6 pages so as to increase sales.

The only moderately interesting story was a novella on the development of a medical school and cultural differences between Germany and Grantville. But the author doesn't take any real risks in the storyline- it had potential for real ingenuity but the safe route is taken instead. And the story revolves around a protagonist getting an ulcer because of stress. Have the authors never read that we no longer think that ulcers come from stress?? We know they come from a bacterial infection now- and this was well known even before Grantville transported to the past. This could have been an opportunity at least for the Germans to teach the Grantvillians a thing or two. But nothing is mentioned, and the story really falls apart after relying on severely outdated science.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grant Hogarth on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The collections of short pieces by both experienced and unknown writers that Jim Baen and Eric Flint have associated with the "Ring of Fire" series is one of the cleverest moves by a publisher in a long time. They let us see in more detail events and actions that might not have been foregrounded in the main book, but whose expansion or portrayal enhances the overall universe of the book.

This second collection is as strong if not stronger than the first, and well worth adding to your collection.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rick Boatright on March 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As I write this, the e-book edition of Grantville Gazette Volume six is about to be released, and GG2 is just coming out in hard cover.

If you like the 1632 series, you will like this anthology of stories by Eric Flint and the other authors working in the 1632 Universe. The individual storys, as the Gazette always does fill in the fussy bits and edges of the 1632 universe. We are all waiting for 1634: The Baltic War to move the main story line forward, but this edition does a good job of providing your money's worth of stories and non fiction.

Of course, I have to admit, it's got MY non-fiction article in it. But still. I liked it.

-_ Rick Boatright
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ron Hallberg on April 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As I have found in most anthologies, some pieces are more rewarding than others. However, in all the stories included in this book I am interested in reading more about each of the primary characters and how their lives evolve in the future. I found particularly fun the two lead characters in "The Company Men", their English/Irish humor and good natured kidding. Eric Flint's own story, "Steps in the Dance" was a quick read and the characters would be further developed if I was in charge of the series.
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