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Grantville Gazette II (Ring of Fire) Hardcover – March 1, 2006

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Book 2 of 37 in the Grantville Gazette Series

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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
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Product Details

  • Series: Ring of Fire
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; First Edition edition (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416520511
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416520511
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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First time I read this anthology. Very enjoyable to read. For people who like reading alternate history stories it is good to read, but they need to have read at least 1632 to be able to grasp some of the background to these stories
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I've been collecting tunes for my iPod, and this and other of the Grantville series have provided several new additions. I like the continuing short stories. They provide depth to some of the novels in the series.
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I loved the "Invisible War" novella. The books tend to focus on battles, tactics, & hardware, this was a welcome counterbalance. The treatise on fencing was also fun. I fence a bit,modern & historical, & it's NOTHING like "Princess Bride."
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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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This collection of stories from the RING OF FIRE franchise does not add too much value to the franchise. It is a collection of shorts plus a couple of "fact" articles set in the 163n framework. They hold together just fine as far as fitting into the framework but they are not all that entertaining in their own rights. That is a problem.

Often enough, the stories read well, they just don't come to any sort of a satisfying conclusion. One is left with the feeling, "so what?" This is true for the little known authors as well as for Eric Flint, the originator. They are not awful, they just are not all that good.

Even so, the series interests me enough that I will continue to buy and read it. I just hope for something better next time.
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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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