1632

1632

Book - 2001
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A mysterious accident in time causes twenty-first-century American democracy to collide head-on with the Thirty Years War in seventeenth-century Germany as Mike Stearn and a group of armed miners take on a gang of strangely attired invaders who are threatening peaceful Grantville, West Virginia. Original. Freedom and Justice-American Style 1632. And in northern Germany things couldn't get much worse. Famine. Disease. Religious war laying waste the cities. Only the aristocrats remained relatively unscathed; for the peasants, death was a mercy. 2000 Things are going OK in Grantville, West Virginia, and everybody attending the wedding of Mike Stearn's sister (including the entire local chapter of the United Mine Workers of America, which Mike leads) is having a good time. Then, everything changed. When the dust settles, Mike leads a group of armed miners to find out what happened and finds the road into town is cut, as with a sword. On the other side, a scene out of Hell: a man nailed to a farmhouse door, his wife and daughter attacked by men in steel vests. Faced with this, Mike and his friends don't have to ask who to shoot. At that moment Freedom and Justice, American style, are introduced to the middle of the Thirty Years' War.
Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen ; New York : Distributed by Simon & Schuster, 2001
Edition: Paperback ed
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780671319724
0671319728
Branch Call Number: FLINT E
Characteristics: 597 pages : maps ; 18 cm

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terrdil
Sep 05, 2016

What happened to 1631? Alternate history or science fiction? Remember the Assitti?
Why bother with these questions when thousands of other possibilities are coming the way of those who open their minds to the endless possibilities this
book opens. I had to apologize to the members of the book group when I nominated it for a monthly selection as it was NOT the type of book normally covered. However I was cursed by one member who became interested in the series. It is large and getting larger all the time and he really did not need a dozen books and some 60 or so Gazettes to add to his reading list. 1632 is a fun, feel good read but I do not think it is the best of the series. It does sets the groundwork for everything that follows. Five stars for the series 4 for this book.

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mammothhawk229e
Sep 04, 2016

Author became famous not because his offbeat alternate history book or non-WII setting ,but he allowed amateur and professional authors to write stories within his universe. No great man character. More average people adapting to new circumstances & the ripple effects beyond Germany to Eastern Europe, Asia & the new world in the sequels.

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DavidMoskow
Sep 14, 2015

Good read. I found myself fist pumping for the good parts. That doesn't happen often.

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cjulbric
Jul 08, 2014

My comments and enthusiasm are as much for the series as for this book. Two things are happening. First, as the engaging characters bring today's American values and scientific knowledge into the past, there is an opportunity for the reader to examine and discover what is essential. These are uplifting success stories for democracy, toleration, negotiation, humane treatment of enemies and the poor, as well as a celebration of hard work and ingenuity. Second, as an open collaborative writing project, especially through the Grantville Gazette, the series demonstrates these same values in action. Reading 1632 and 1633 first is essential for understanding the major players and relationships. KCLS is missing "Ring of Fire" and "Ring of Fire III" as of July 2014, but owns "Ring of Fire II." These are important collections of short fiction by major authors which advance the main story line.

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wrath231
Mar 04, 2014

A very wonderful and unique book...if you like alternate history or time travel books, give it a whirl, you won't regret it.

chanitalevitz Feb 20, 2014

I love alternate history, and I think Island in the sea of time, and 1632 started a new sub genra of it- throw a community back in time and see what happens. I have read all the 1632 series,except for the only electronic stuff, and I am now going to start re reading it in order.
That's how good I think it is.

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qnelvis
Oct 26, 2013

I really wanted to like this book, I like alternate history novels, and this was of a period and part of Europe I didn't really know all that well. The highlight of the book is that the historical side of it is really fleshed out well. Its very clear that Flynt loves history. The downside is that the characters themselves, especially the Americans, are essentially sort of trite and not that well-developed. Its an entertaining read, for sure, but....its just not a challenging read...it doesn't push any boundaries or make one think too much. I'm still curious about the other books in the series as most seem to be co-written with other authors, so I'll probably continue to check out the series.

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Nords
Jun 08, 2012

A co-worker of mine suggested this series as I like other alternative history science fiction (S.M. Stirling and Harry Turtledove). This doesn't disappoint. A small town in the states somehow gets transported to medieval Europe (in 1632) during the 30 years war. My favorite thing about this book was less the warfare and action but learning about a period of European history I knew nothing about. The author tries to ground everything in accurate history which is pretty cool. The loss of a star is mostly because the American characters are pretty one-sided, not much depth. But if you have read the Dies the Fire series by S.M. Stirling you'll certainly like this. Looking forward to the sequel, 1633 if the library has it.

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sechilds
Sep 08, 2010

Fans of Alternate History will like this one. I wasn't expecting too much out of it, but it was better than I thought.

I can see why so many sequels have been created, though.

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Ubalstecha
Nov 22, 2009

A lot of people want to live in the past, enchanted by the romance. A lot of them have written fanciful, romantic stories about travelling back in time. 1632 is not one of these.

A small town in West Virginia has been transported back in time to 1632 (hense the title) due to a side effect of an alien tecnology. They are deposited into the middle of the Thirty Years War in the German province of Thuringia.

Exploring their new environment, some of the townsfolk stumble across war attrocities in the making. Rescuing some of the local pesants, the Americans quickly realize that they need to band together if they have a hope of survining. They also realize that their current level of technology is not sustainable, that they have to "gear down" as it were.

Author Eric Flint has struck a perfect balance between historicity and fiction. There are overwrought moments of American patriotism and pride, but there are also uniquely human moments that make this alternate past seem so real and engaging. Worth picking up.

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