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- Print Length: 175 pages
- Publisher: Matador (August 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01I1V7G42
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1066 Turned Upside Down: Alternative fiction stories by nine authors Kindle Edition
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It also differs from the H Team's books because these are truly individual short stories. Each tale has nothing to do with one another (apart from being based on the events of 1066), which in itself is not necessarily a bad thing. There are plenty of unrelated short story compilations out there which people really enjoy. But it's disappointing when you also consider that most of the stories are so short that you really don't get an idea of how history would have been radically different if these "what if" scenarios had happened. I felt like it posed more questions than it answered. I would have liked each story to not only present an alternate event, but also show us how the succeeding events thereafter would have been different as a result. Don't just show us how the Battle of Hastings would have been different if Harold had won, show us what would have happened after that - how would it have changed England? If they had done that, I wouldn't have minded each story having nothing to do with the next, as it allowed more than one alternate history scenario to be explored.
There were author's notes and discussion suggestions that attempted to explore the resulting events a little bit, which were informative and enlightening, but it just wasn't the same, and wasn't what I was expecting. I did enjoy them though, and actually wound up thinking this might have been a better project had they just approached it with academic essays instead of trying to make them into fictional short stories.
Don't get me wrong, the writing quality from all these stories is very good. But to me, the short stories felt like something that was just quickly thrown together to make each author a few extra bucks on the self published ebook sales, and give them some more exposure. I guess I was hoping for something a little more in depth. However, for only $1.99, it's probably worth the read for those really interested in this topic.
In this precarious moment in time, many things could have happened as King Harold's initial stunning victories augured well but something went terribly wrong at Hastings. To mark the 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, a group of contemporary historical writers have provided their distinctive take on “what might have been”. The fascinating part of this exercise is that we have nine very different voices unleashing their individual imagination in eleven fictional accounts (two writers provided a double) loosely based on what meagre historical facts we have, taking all sorts of liberties, but generally staying true to the flavour of the times.
For me as a reader, it was a stimulating and demanding exercise to move from one piece to the next, because one had to erase the previous stories from short-term memory, and essentially start fresh with each one. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and, given the vast diversity of styles and approaches, I think anyone interested in this slice of history will find something to like. Naturally, I had my favourites and some that I did not care for, but the collection as a whole was very interesting. My hands-down favourite was the story involving a Roma Novan character, not surprising as I have enjoyed every single book of that whole series by Alison Morton. A close second was the re-imagining of the Battle of Hastings by Joanna Courtney, where the human element is touchingly explored. Even if you are not a history buff, the writing styles are all very approachable and generally enjoyable. All you need is a curious mind and the willingness to follow each of these nine creators in their singular pursuit.