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1632 (Assiti Shards, Bk 1)
1632 - Assiti Shards, Bk 1
Author: Eric Flint
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 atten...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780671319724
ISBN-10: 0671319728
Publication Date: 2/2001
Pages: 597
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 132 ratings
Publisher: Baen
Book Type: Paperback
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jscrappy avatar reviewed 1632 (Assiti Shards, Bk 1) on + 59 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
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.
reviewed 1632 (Assiti Shards, Bk 1) on + 20 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
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.
reviewed 1632 (Assiti Shards, Bk 1) on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
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.
goddesslovingbookworm avatar reviewed 1632 (Assiti Shards, Bk 1) on + 170 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
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!
reviewed 1632 (Assiti Shards, Bk 1) on + 37 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Creative and well written. An interesting alternate history scenario.
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reviewed 1632 (Assiti Shards, Bk 1) on + 3 more book reviews
Not exactly a literary masterpiece but very entertaining. Better than I expected.
SherryKaraoke avatar reviewed 1632 (Assiti Shards, Bk 1) on + 36 more book reviews
An interesting, little-known time illuminated in this alternate history. Not the greatest writing, but held my interest in terms of plot.
misssteps avatar reviewed 1632 (Assiti Shards, Bk 1) on + 27 more book reviews
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.


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