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Lord of Mountains: A Novel of the Change (Change Series) Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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“Stirling has blazed a clear comet trail across his postapocalyptic landscape that illuminates both the best and the worst of which our species is capable.”—Science Fiction Weekly
“Nobody wrecks a world better than S. M. Stirling, and nobody does a better job of showing that people remain people, with all their high points and low, in the wreckage.”—Harry Turtledove, New York Times Bestselling Author of Supervolcano
“[A] richly realized story of swordplay and intrigue.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Absorbing.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.01 pounds
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451464761
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451464767
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.25 x 9.5 inches
- Publisher : Roc; 1st Edition (September 4, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #922,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stirlings usual well written combination, of fast pace and careful research. While you can start with "Dies The Fire" you miss connections from 'Island In The Sea Of Time' "Against The Tide of Years" and "On the Oceans of Eternity". Which recount the history of the modern island of Nantucket (as of March 17th 1998), after Nantucket gets swapped with the The Island from 1230 BC.
The Change series tells us what happens to the modern world (as of 3-17-1998) The modern world left behind loses electricity, and other means of storing power. Planes fall from the air, cars and trucks stop. Gunpowder burns, but does not explode.
Stirling puts a lot of plot into his novels, stuff is happening all the time. But we like the characters and that is why we read the books, and there are a lot of them now with more coming. We like the young heroes and the created universe that they inhabit seems to be realistic (mostly-some of the sub-societies are far fetched).
All in all this is a very worthy link in the long chain of stories set in this fascinating world.
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This isn't clearly the end of the series' line, nor is it a particularly satisfying penultimate volume. In fact, it reads a bit like an either/or: while the Darth Vader-equivalents finished the novel spinning away in their off-page Tie fighters, the majority of the heroes are becoming more or less settled in for what appears to be their final rewards. Nothing is quite resolved but neither is there much suggestion that substantial developments await the characters we've now spent several thousand pages following. When I first put the book down, I assumed it was an author/publisher compromise: "I can't get the whole story into less than 900 pages" meets "This is a reasonable stopping point, so we'll do it in two volumes." Now I wonder - Stirling likes his multi-generational plotting; perhaps his plan is a Richard/Henry/Henry tale where the grandson is the one to clear the last of the mess his grandfather stepped in? This book works as well as a reboot point as it does anything else, so why not? Whatever the next step is intended to be, a more suspenseful ending (or set of endings, in a plot this wide) would have helped.
Highly recommended, but not, perhaps, as highly as the first four books of the series: tying up a sprawling mega-plot may be taxing Stirling's abilities slightly more than launching it did.
Not sure now if I will follow the next set of books.
I read it because I want to find out what happens in the end - and I assume that's why most other people are keeping going as well. Let's hope the next one picks up a bit.
Overall, a good Sterling product. That's why I keep buying his books in hardback !