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Grantville Gazette II (Ring of Fire) Hardcover – March 1, 2006
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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.Read more ›
This second collection is as strong if not stronger than the first, and well worth adding to your collection.
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.
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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Each story helps build the 1632 series. If you enjoy the short stories that are tied to the main series than definitely read the Gazettes. A lot of the stories are written by fans.Published 23 months ago by Brandt Anderson
Anohter good addition to the Ring of Fire series that I would recommend to any Eric Flint 1632 et al fansPublished on February 2, 2013 by Clifford T Elgim
It was fair . The autrher seems to be getting away from the main characters like Rebbeca Stern and GretchenPublished on March 26, 2009 by Gumshoes
If you are as addicted to this series of books as I am this is a must read. Emerging authors with unique stories set around Flint's initial premise.Published on December 14, 2007 by Pitchwife