A fun time-travel book, wherein a contemporary West Virginia town is transported to 17th-century Germany, in the middle of the Thirty Years' War. I enjoyed finding out more about this period of history, and the author comes up with some very entertaining ideas about how this clash of cultures might play out. The rest of the series is less entertaining, but this first book is really enjoyable.
I read the free electronic version (from Baen's Free Library) of this, and it's a fun read. There is some death, mayhem, and destruction, so if that'd ruin your fun, don't read it. Warning: due to the slim price I paid for this, I may be biased in favor of it.
A nice riff on what might happen if nearly an entire town with reasonably modern weapons got thrown into the civil wars and such that ravaged much of the Old World. It occasionally breaks off for a quick history lesson, which I liked. If you've read Tolkien, which is very violent in places, you'll probably like this one, or at least, I did.
This book is a fantastic alternate history of Germany- or what happens when the small town of Grantville, West VA, of the 20th Century, suddenly appears smack in the middle of the history of Germany in the 1600s.
I really enjoyed this book but thought it had a few too many characters.
From the Publisher
And in northern Germany things couldn't get much worse. Famine. Disease. Religous 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.
Introduced me to a whole new genre. This alternative history is fantastic. Mr Flint takes you to a believable place in time (or perhaps best said as out of time.) I totally enjoyed the story and was pleased that the author had done his homework on both American history and that of western Europe. A great read.
A very good combination of time-travel and historical fiction. The characters are believable and you can easily lose yourself in their world. It can bog down just a little in parts if you are not a military history buff, but for the most part it's a really fun read!
A small Virginia town gets transported bodily to Germany in 1632. Dealing with war, both hostile and friendly natives, and major culture shock, they somehow must survive and get back to their own place and TIME!
This started a series of books by Flint that seem to have no end at the present time. This was an excellent start and a good read in of itself. A West Virginia town is transport thru time to 1632 amid warfare and social upheaval...of course causing even more social upheaval. Mr. Flint is definitely a pro-labor writer as his main "hero" is the union head and the ideas espoused support this bias. This is only an observation not a real criticism of the storyline. Good characters from both the upstream side of things as well as the normal time characters are used and used well. A good read recommended. Book is also available online.
A friend gave this book to me. She really liked it and thought I would too. Reading the back, I kept putting it off. It really did not sound that interesting to me. I read about 10 pages and put it down again. Then I finally picked it up & read it. I absolutely loved it. There are some hard to believe areas, but over all a brilliant read. Just ordered 1633.
This book is AWESOME! Having never read alternate history, I wasn't sure what to expect, but it opened my eyes to a whole new genre! My family history includes West Virginia coal miners so that aspect had me picking up the book--the thoroughly researched history of the Thirty Years' War kept me reading until I was finished. Now I collect the series. Eric Flint is a genius and all his co-authors as the series expands are well-known with sci-fi of their own. At least the first three books benefit from being read in order so the characters develop properly; the books then splinter those characters into situations of their own. Mr. Flint, please keep them coming!
I just couldn't get into this book. There was too much of a damsel-in-distress and knight-in-shining-armor kind of thing going on. I was expecting more of a "Turtledove" experience and was disappointed.
The premise of this book is brilliant; a small, contemporary West Virginia town is picked up and transported to Germany in 1632.
The inhabitants of Grantville are more than a bit stunned to find themselves so far from home in both time and space, and the fact that they landed squarely in the middle of the 30 Years War doesn't help. But they are smart, resourceful people and they begin adapting quickly. The "natives" find the Americans a little harder to get used to.
It is lots of fun to see the problems Flint sets his characters and how he thinks the town of Grantville would affect history. Indeed this is such an interesting idea that Flint and co-authors have written a whole series working things out.
I had a few quibbles with the book. For instance, the characters don't seem to have a problem with wiping out several armies. True, the armies were attacking them, but shouldn't someone be a bit upset anyway? And they certainly don't worry too much when they start running out of modern drugs. Doesn't anyone in this town have an illness that requires medication? On a more literary note, only a few characters are really convincing as people.
But these are minor problems. The plot is fast and the story absorbing. I had a hard time putting the book down to take care of those pesky real-life requirements and I'm still working on the ideas in my head. (Which may explain the state of my house.)
An entire West Virginia town is transplanted through time and space to 1632 Germany in the midst of a war. As you'd assume, their superior firepower makes quick work of the armies they face.
I picked this up because I'd read another alternate history book, Weapons of Choice, and a friend recommended it. I'd agree with the reviewer who says it bogs down in places - the descriptions of battles got a little tiresome sometimes. However, unlike Weapons of Choice, Flint does a GREAT job of getting you hooked on his fun, believable characters, both the West Virginians and the Germans (a young boy from 17th Century Germany who LOVES the 20th Century vehicles ends up having to drive a school bus in an emergency situation - one of the funniest parts of the book).
There were times I wasn't sure I wanted to continue this series after I finished this one, but I will definitely read at least 1633, which was written by Flint. The rest of it seems to get muddled with different authors writing and co-writing, and the timeline is screwy (not chronological from book to book and story to story, in the case of the short story ones). That being said, my husband has really enjoyed the first four.
Excellent book. The only complaint I would have is the 'Part 3' which is 3 chapters, around 35 pages. It is a historical version of a battle, not of the Grantville characters but of the Swedish King vs. Tilly, very boring reading. The King's abilities, and prowess in battle could have been summed up in 5 pages or less.
The rest of the book is excellent. The interaction of the old residents with the new residents, the battle scenes, the defining of their new laws and politics, all great. The story is not so much a story as stories, that interact. The over all being how this town takes over a little section of Germany and allies itself with both the people of the land and a powerful King. Then there are the character stories. The President of the union, who becomes the head of this new nation; the Jewish family saved and then adopted in ranks for their knowledge of the century and intelligence altogether; the Cheerleader who almost went to the Olympics as a biathlon entry, now sharpshooter; the Scottish mercenary loyal to the king and supportive of the town; the Computer, DnD playing, dirt bike riding, geek, turned soldier; and a few more. All great characters. A very fun, action packed book. Definitely worth reading. I am glad it was suggested to me by another David Weber / John Ringo fan.