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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 October 23, 2007

    First half good, second half...

    The first half was enjoyable, it had excitement and creative ideas. However, somewhere around midway, the plot just fell apart. A previous poster said the Wiccans were 'too good.' I agree, they were a bore. Also, S.M. Stirling left out a lot of script. There were many instances where the climax of an event was just being reached, but Stirling would cut it off and enter back in skipping a lot of detail. It was aggravating. I won't be reading it again just because I don't want to waste my time 'and I read it in a day'. There are much better books out there that are worth the money and time.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

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    Great until the end

    awesome, but ended in strange spot. and worse, the next book doesn't pick up where this one left off. it's 8 YEARS LATER!?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2015

    Fun read

    Fun read for the most part. Some ideas I had trouble wrapping my head around. However it is a fantasy book and I am not to experienced with them. I Wil read the next in series to see where this story goes.

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  • Posted September 7, 2014

    Recommend - a good read

    After you suspend belief in the catastrophe that changes the way the world works, this is a very entertaining book. Not great literature to be sure but I enjoyed it and will read the sequel.

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    ┬┐Dies the Fires┬┐ is a post-apocalyptic book, with a bit of magic

    ‘Dies the Fires’ is a post-apocalyptic book, with a bit of magic and medieval history combined. Not only do electronics not work, but many of the things people would use post apocalypse to survive (Guns) do not work, which pushes everyone into a middle ages lifestyle. The story is slow in the middle but had a good beginning and end. The characters were likable, but overall people in general seemed to change drastically a bit too quick after the change occurred. Also there was just way to much wiccan talk for me, which I normally wouldn’t mind but since it really didn’t add to the story I could have done without it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    A Powerful Novel

    The book however should of had juniper mackenzie not as a perspective but as an ally

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2012

    A good read

    Entertaining and a bit informative upon the topic of survival

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  • Posted December 18, 2010

    Good Story

    This is a good story and I enjoyed watching the interplay of the characters. It is a well done post-apocalyptic book showing the strength of those who survive and the civilization that develops. My biggest problem is I don't like to be preached at. It is a Wiccan book. I prefer books that are much less blatant in the propagandizing.

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