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Dies the Fire (Emberverse Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Camelot here we come.

The book came heavily recommended to me, and rightly so. It's a great read, and a fast read. It's not often that I find books set in the area that I live. The Pactific Northwest, but most notably Oregon. It was great reading about the town's I've lived in and worked in....
The book came heavily recommended to me, and rightly so. It's a great read, and a fast read. It's not often that I find books set in the area that I live. The Pactific Northwest, but most notably Oregon. It was great reading about the town's I've lived in and worked in. My only complaint about the book is the Juniper MacKenzie Clan and the Wicca religion. Just didn't do much for me. However, Mike Havel and the Bearkillers are great and hope to read more about their adventures.

posted by Jetski on January 7, 2011

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10 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Preachy

I have to agree with the reviewers that have given this series a negative review. In my opinion too many of Mr. Stirling's books turn into preachy, tedious and very partisan readings of history. He often blatantly inserts his own viewpoints concerning the value and/or...
I have to agree with the reviewers that have given this series a negative review. In my opinion too many of Mr. Stirling's books turn into preachy, tedious and very partisan readings of history. He often blatantly inserts his own viewpoints concerning the value and/or relative lack of value of various civilizations using the voices of his characters to make his point. For example in the parallel story of the Nantucket survivors who get thrown into the past; he uses two Black characters to disparage the view that Egypt was an African culture and not some alien group of Euro-Asiatics plopped down on the African continent. While it is obvious that history is a hobby of Mr. Stirling's he is not a historian nor is he an archaeologist, anthropologist and/or ethnologist. And I found the concept that within the continental United States that a religion such as Wicca would draw in the number of converts in such a short period of time and that its then too numerous to count adherents would so easily morph into "so mote it be" clansmen. Again as another reviewer noted...if I wanted to study the Wiccan religion I would pick up a book on it. His overall portrayal of those who ascribe to more or less Christian if not other monotheistic belief systems is laced with scorn and derision. Lastly, both he and Harry Turtledove have an abysmal history (my opinion) of writing believable non-White characters; specifically Black characters. Both present their various Black, Latino, Asian and/or Native American characters as so much fluff and window dressing. They are either perfect long suffering Sidney Poitier/Tonto stereotypes; or they are vicious sadistic Fu Manchu reprisals of evil inscrutable foreigners.

posted by Ankhenaton on November 8, 2008

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  • Posted November 8, 2008

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    Mr. Preachy

    I have to agree with the reviewers that have given this series a negative review. In my opinion too many of Mr. Stirling's books turn into preachy, tedious and very partisan readings of history. He often blatantly inserts his own viewpoints concerning the value and/or relative lack of value of various civilizations using the voices of his characters to make his point. For example in the parallel story of the Nantucket survivors who get thrown into the past; he uses two Black characters to disparage the view that Egypt was an African culture and not some alien group of Euro-Asiatics plopped down on the African continent. While it is obvious that history is a hobby of Mr. Stirling's he is not a historian nor is he an archaeologist, anthropologist and/or ethnologist. And I found the concept that within the continental United States that a religion such as Wicca would draw in the number of converts in such a short period of time and that its then too numerous to count adherents would so easily morph into "so mote it be" clansmen. Again as another reviewer noted...if I wanted to study the Wiccan religion I would pick up a book on it. His overall portrayal of those who ascribe to more or less Christian if not other monotheistic belief systems is laced with scorn and derision. Lastly, both he and Harry Turtledove have an abysmal history (my opinion) of writing believable non-White characters; specifically Black characters. Both present their various Black, Latino, Asian and/or Native American characters as so much fluff and window dressing. They are either perfect long suffering Sidney Poitier/Tonto stereotypes; or they are vicious sadistic Fu Manchu reprisals of evil inscrutable foreigners.

    10 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2008

    Great IDEA, poor EXECUTION.

    Every now and then a book comes along with such an origional concept that people get cought up in the potential of the book rather than the quality. This is one of those times. I have heard this book recommended freaquently, and everytime I hear about it, the concept of the book is raved about but the execution is passed over in it's criticism. It's too bad. If avid book readers (including those that have reviewed this title) actually cared about plot, character development and pacing, this book may have gotten an honest review. But unfortunately the boring plot, poor pacing, overly descriptive, and flat character writing seems to have been forgotten about, because people are so desparate for a unique and interesting concept. Don't get me wrong, Modern times reverting to midevil times done in a somewhat plausible way is very interesting, and that's why I read this garbage, but a good idea doesn't make a good book.

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2006

    blah.....

    I am a huge fan of post apocalyptic fiction, however, this missed holding my attention. First of all after only barely two weeks into this 'blackout', society just falls apart and people star congregating and forming little self sustaining societies with of course the good versus evil concept. Also , this read more like a sci-fi fantasy rather than post apocalyptic fiction. I do not plan on reading the sequel, because I was unable to finish this book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    Such an intriguing idea, but quite poor execution. I felt beat

    Such an intriguing idea, but quite poor execution. I felt beat over the head with the main character's wiccan beliefs, philosophy and lingo. The characters are one-dimensional and stereotypical, the plot points are predictable, the contrived "cliffhanger" chapter endings were irritating in the extreme and the dialogue...don't even get me started. It's been a while since I started a book that I absolutely could NOT finish--I'm a little stubborn that way--but for me, "Dies the Fire" ends on page 178.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    The first book I couldn't finish in years.

    If you enjoy descriptions of weapons, then you will like this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Boring

    Bad characters and development. Slips to many unbelievable situations into the story. I mean oregeons kinda wierd but im not seein that many wiccans and medieval enthusiasts banding together with the impressive skill sets they posses. Plus these people are to calm. Theyre like 1970s sci fi stars who can reason out everything with little to no facts. Plus the timelines confusing. And it had 4 stars. It tricked me. Shoulda read more reviews.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 30, 2011

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