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Subject: Alternate history--my DH and I are looking for some good ones.
Date Posted: 9/14/2008 1:30 AM ET
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We've read a few of Harry Turtledove's books, but we're looking for more. I'd really like to read some well-written, thought-provoking ones! Can you recommend any?

Date Posted: 9/14/2008 7:53 AM ET
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Linda S. (thk) - ,
Date Posted: 9/14/2008 8:44 AM ET
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I think there have been a couple of other recent threads about this.  If you search the forums, say on "Turtledove" or "alternate history", you may turn up some other good recommendations. 

There is a book of stories called Alternate Gettysburgs, with several different variations on the battle.

Date Posted: 9/14/2008 9:38 AM ET
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The Plot Against America by Philip Roth was amazing.  Its about what might have happened if Lindbergh was elected president at the start of WWII.



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Date Posted: 9/14/2008 10:01 AM ET
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Harry Harrison wrote the Stars and Stripes trilogy, which I believe also hinges on the South having won the Civil War.  I don't know if you're interested in fantasy, but Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker series is an alternate history United States with magic.

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Date Posted: 9/14/2008 9:34 PM ET
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One my husband and I have enjoyed is Eric Flint's 1632 series.

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Date Posted: 9/15/2008 12:32 AM ET
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The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick.

Date Posted: 9/15/2008 3:23 PM ET
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Eirc Flint, both 1812 and 1824; 1632 is also good, but I didn't like the series as well

SM Stirling's Peshawar Lancers; Conquistador;  Island in the Sea of Time series; Companion series is Dies the Fire

Stephen Birmingham's Weapons of Choice

Fox on the Rhine; Fox at the Front

Stephn Maddox Roberts' hannibal's Children

I could keep going on but these are dsome I really liked

If you go to Wikipedia and look up alternate history, it will give you really good links to sites like Uchronia which list books and stories by POD

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 8:45 AM ET
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This is Harry's page on fantastic fiction . http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/t/harry-turtledove/  If you scroll to the bottom there's a list of books that he recommends and a list  of other authors people have looked at who have visited the page.

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 3:12 PM ET
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It's not technically alternate history, but if you haven't read A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ you'd probably like it.
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Date Posted: 9/18/2008 8:26 PM ET
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I can't remember the author but the book is Fatherland.  It follows the thread that the US did not enter WWII.  Very good book.



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Date Posted: 9/20/2008 9:07 PM ET
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If you like a touch of fantasy I recommend Naomi Novik's series about Termerie (sp?). The series starts with His Magesty's Dragon. It takes place during the Napoleonic Wars and its about what that would have been like if the countries had had dragons used as an air force. There are five out now in the series and they are fantastic.