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Dies the Fire (Emberverse Series #1)

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2005

    Disappointing

    I had high hopes for this, based on what others have said, but I was dissappointed. There were some good elements to the book, but a lot of it was tedious and not very interesting. There were parts that I just had to skip as they really had nothing to do with the story. If I wanted to read about the wiccan thing, I'd get a book describing wiccan. I won't be reading the sequel, I just don't care what happens next. The premise of all of the sudden the lights go out for no apparent or explained reason is lame, but, hey it could still be interesting, but it really wasn't.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2007

    Nantucket Trilogy Was Better

    First half of the book was gripping, but the second half just bored me. The Wiccans are just too perfect. While I commend the author for including a positive portrayal of the Wiccans, they were just too hippy dippy for my tastes. While the characters are somewhat enjoyable, there was really no one to whom I could relate. His Nantucket trilogy was much better.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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