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Ring of Fire (The 1632 Universe)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2004

    Ring Of Fire Anthology

    This is an excellent book which continues the universe created by Eric Flint in 1632. It introduces new characters and breathes new life into the old characters. Some of the characters who were the bad guys in 1632 are developed and become good guys in this book. It continues the development of the 1632verse and makes me look forward to the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2004

    Surprisingly powerful stories

    The premise of many people tackling short stories set in and around several complex novels is likely to be a mess, so the coherence and high quality here throughout is really surprising. I was particularly surprised how genuinely moving many of the stories were rather than only clever and many of the stories reveal some deep thinking and insights rather than just a facile twist or entertaining characterization. The character development is very strong using many very minor or off-stage characters from the novels and weaving them back in. I'm not a big fan of short stories as I prefer the kind of development that takes hundreds of pages so I was surprised how much I enjoyed this anthology. If you bought 1632, 1633, and 1634, you need this one and will relish it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2004

    Eye opening view of how history might have been

    Unlike most Alternative History where the characters are the real people of the era kept in the story no matter how much events would have been changed by the changed starting point, the 1632 Universe recognizes that everything could have been different. This is the real pleasure of reading these books. The reader gets a sense of what might have been, and from that realizes the importance of what choices we make today. My personal favorite story of the entire series to this point is 'Between the Armies'. It contains a discription of the War between Protestant and Catholic armies as being one where the opposing forces treat their religions just like the gang colors of today. It's a profound statement and inditement of the Thirty Years War and by implication the violence in Northern Ireland and the current struggles in the Near East. It's also only one of the multitude of thought provoking concepts you will be exposed to in this landmark series of books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2004

    a slightlly better attempt at a 1632 sequal

    This book is much better than the previous sequel 1633 but not near as good as 1632 which started the series. At least this one is right up front letting you know that it is a collection of about 15 short stories -- unlike 1633 which pretended to be a sequal but was about 4 short stories intermixed haphazardly throughout the book with about 3 or 4 hundred pages of boring history and old plane safety and flying. The stories in Ring of Fire introduce new people and have occasional appearances of our heros and heroines from 1632 - some of the stories happen before 1633 and some after 1633. A few of the stories even had some of the joy and adventure which made 1632 so good. It was a nice look back into the Mr Flint's 1632 time frame by many authors but did not really advance the overall series much except Flint's longer short story 'Wallenstein Gambit' which was both good and advanced the series. Hopefully Mr. Flint will re-engage and put some more effort into writing a real sequel for 1632.

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    Posted December 28, 2010

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