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Second Contact (Colonization, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2000
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Colonization: Second Contact continues the saga, but you need not read the previous series to enjoy it. When the colonists arrive in 1962, they're unprepared for a half-conquered world. After several of their ships are destroyed by a nuclear missile of mysterious origin, they accuse the conquest forces of incompetence. Muslims in the conquered Middle East are staging an Intifada, the Chinese Communists continue guerrilla warfare against the invaders, and everyone's smuggling ginger, which is powerfully addictive among the Race and has unanticipated effects on the female colonists.
Turtledove's cast of characters includes sharply drawn alien soldiers and civilians as well as a mix of convincing historical and fictional humans from all over the world. He covers all the sixties issues: generational conflict, the drug culture, racial inequality, the threat of atomic apocalypse, and the frustration of soldiers in an unwinnable war. If you enjoy alternate history and old B movies, this book's for you. --Nona Vero --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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However, one thing has marred my appreciation of the "Colonization" series: either Harry Turtledove thinks his readers have the short-term memory of an avocado, or he places a higher priority on wordcount than on good writing. How many times must we be told that Mordechai Anilewicz has pains in his leg muscles because he breathed Nazi poison gas twenty years ago? Every time he appears in the story, apparently. How frequently must we be reminded that Earth years are twice the length of the Race's years? Why, every time a member of the Race mentions years, or whenever a human mentions years to a member of the Race. How often must it be recounted that the Race prefers temperatures higher than those which humans find comfortable? Any time someone enters or exits a building inhabited by the Race! How many times must we be told that Sam Yeager's wife would disapprove of common-usage English? Every time her husband or son speaks or thinks in the vernacular, of course! If you come away from this book (and its sequels) without knowing the effect ginger has on females of the Race, then you clearly read only the first and last pages, because (as with many more things) it's described at great length more times than you'll be able to count.
Characters explain the same things over and over again, sometimes even to the same people. When nobody else is around, they'll sometimes think the explanations to themselves! Further padding out the wordcount is the all-too-common SF cliche that intelligent aliens seem unable to grasp the concept of contractions when speaking English.
I loved the tale, but the telling of it could have been vastly improved by an editor who'd had the fortitude to tell Harry Turtledove to trim the fat.
What Turtledove does really well here is to surprise the reader with some interesting events (which I won't spoil). The criticism that his Lizards's military technology is so coincidentally similar to 2000-era US military tech is a valid one, and I'd like to see Turtledove account for it at some point.
Not as strong as the earlier books in the series, but still quite good.
Even though his approach to storytelling is sometimes maddeningly confusing (a fault rendered more significant thanks to crappy formatting on the Kindle app), and though there isn't even a pretense of drawing any story line to a real conclusion, the vignettes are so compelling and the characters so well drawn that it is easy to look past the shortcomings.
It feels to me like the author writes the whole series as one manuscript and then arbitrarily whacks it into books. No real rhyme or reason.
Still, I will certainly read the remaining books in this series and be every bit a as compelled to their inconclusions as ever.
Like I said: addict.
Most of the characters who lived thru the first set of 4 books return in sometimes surprisingly different roles.
This book takes on a more "cold war" flavor, with spying, insurgencies, drug-trading, and other underhanded tactics taking the place of the all-out war described in the previous books.
I noticed the three COLONIZATION SERIES books are slightly larger than the four WORLDWAR SERIES books - about 600 paperback pages vs. 580. However, the same format is followed, with 20 chapters, containing about 6 passages each... it is this consistant format that allows Mr. Turtledove to tirelessly crank out the text to fill these series. It is a true gift that allows him to do this, and still keep things different and interesting enough to keep our attention through this marathon series.
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I had this series years ago. Paperbacks, but I read them so many times that they fell apart. I kept checking for them as soon as I had a Kindle, they ate fan-tab-ulous.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
I got hooked on the series and the story keeps going. Good alternative history seriesPublished 2 months ago by Justin Gaines
Big fan of series so far. Constantly wondering what is next. Story always keeps up pace. Love the use of actual historic figures. Learned a lot, even though I didn't think I wouldPublished 6 months ago by moe joe
Very entertaining and many funny scenes
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Good continuation of the series started earlier with Making the Balance. Well written.Published 15 months ago by Timothy J. Gearhart
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