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1632 (2000)

by Eric Flint

Other authors: Eric Flint (Series Originator)

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Series: Assiti Shards (1), Ring of Fire reading order / per Eric Flint (1), Ring of Fire

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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.… (more)
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Chapter one - main character describes how energetic his sister is in bed. Chapter two - a bunch of rape. I don't think this book is for me. ( )
  sarcher | Jul 25, 2021 |
As other books by Flint, this is a very positive, optimistic and simple book. The good are good. The bad are bad. The good is stronger than the bad.

Still, it's an entertaining book enough and the premise is interesting. An alien race playing with space and time moves a 6 mile sphere out of 1990s West Virginia into 1631 Germany, in the middle of the 30 year war.

We get to follow some of the West Virginians and a few of the native people they meet as they struggle (mostly with firearms and internal combustion engines) to make a safe space for themselves.

For the Swedes there is also a bit of watching back to the days of Swedish empire building ambitions. ( )
  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
Reading Eric Flint’s 1632 reminded me of two classic science fiction works. The first is L. Sprague de Camp’s [b:Lest Darkness Fall|94715|Lest Darkness Fall|L. Sprague de Camp|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1171292734s/94715.jpg|615593], which is predicated on a similar premise: a man from the present finds himself suddenly transported to the collapsing Roman Empire, where he uses his knowledge of modern ways to change history. In this novel, however, it is not a solitary historian who is dropped into the past, but an entire West Virginia town. This gives them a significant advantage over de Camp’s character, as they have tools, weapons, even a functioning power plant to provide electricity in a pre-steam engine age. The circumstances may not be quite as challenging, but the similar goals lead to a lot of fun, as the residents of Grantville find themselves bringing American values and know-how to the tumultuous struggle of the Thirty Years War.

This transformation of 17th century Germany brought to mind another science fiction tale, the [b:Janissaries|197183|Janissaries (Janissaries, #1)|Jerry Pournelle|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1345305978s/197183.jpg|2530397] series by Jerry Pournelle. In it, a group of American mercenaries are plucked off of a hill in Africa and taken to a planet to supervise the harvesting of a narcotic plant. Like Eric Flint’s West Virginians, they encounter humans from earlier ages who had been deposited there previously. Yet whereas Pournelle used this scenario to depict very human fragmentation and conflict between the mercenaries, Flint’s Grantvillians present a virtuous front adhering to idealized values – a front that is perhaps a little too virtuous. Such an approach constricts the novel, as well as creating lopsided clashes between the united Americans and their outmatched opponents. It would have been far more interesting to depict a divided community with opportunists allying themselves with Grantville’s enemies.

It all adds up to a series that is entertaining but largely predictable. Hopefully Flint and his subsequent collaborators overcame these limitations in later volumes of this popular series, which makes for enjoyable reading but left me with the sense that it could have been so much better. ( )
  MacDad | Mar 27, 2020 |
Even on a third reading reading, I really liked this book. It's just plain fun to read. That's not to say there are not scenes that are violent or disturbing. It is set in the midst of the Thirty Years War, after all. That means there is plenty of excitement, even occasionally a bit more than I like. Still, this is one of my favorites, and it stands up to re-reading.

Next, I am moving on to the first Ring of Fire anthology, which is another re-read. My goal is to catch up on the series. ( )
  SCTechSorceress | Jan 9, 2020 |
Assiti Shards #1
  Ronald.Marcil | Jul 7, 2019 |
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Flint, Ericprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Flint, EricSeries Originatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Asplund,RandyInterior mapssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blair, DruCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elmore,LarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guidall, GeorgeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Tiger! Tiger! burning bright
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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.

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Men go back in time
And they mess in history
Democracy now

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