Against the Tide of Years (Island in the Sea of Time #2)
George R. R. Martin hailed S. M. Stirling's bestselling novel Island in the Sea of Time as "an utterly engaging account of what happens when the isle of Nantucket is whisked back into the Bronze Age." Now the adventure continues with Against the Tide of Years.
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The Island of Nantucket moved 3,000 years into the past 8 years ago. Against the Tide of Years shows how the Islander's are adapting, what impact they are having on the Bronze age society. Walker and his evil wife Alice Hong are still rampaging and causing strife wherever they go, it is now time to track them down and stop them but something always seems to interfere with this task.
This is the second of three books in the Nantucket series, and...more
Stirling does an excellent...more
The series deals with the island of Nantucket getting sent back in time to about 1200B.C., and how the people of the island deal with the sudden changes in their lives.
The bad side of the series is that Stirling enjoys writing about the technical details of everything. He describes how the ships sail in detail in the first book, and goes into long descriptions of how the forges work and such. I recogni...more
When Stirling starts listing all the multiple timelines at the beginning of each chapter it's best to just ignore them and keep reading. I swear, he starts some chapters with FOUR time-stamps (with some in parenthesis) that you are suppossed to keep track of and correllate to the various constantly shifting perspectives!! Is he insane? If you want people to follow such things list them at the start of each perspectiv...more
This is still filled with characters of perfection, or as I like to refer to them - cardboard cutouts with good and bad written on them. Is complex characterization too much to ask? I suppose it is.
There also seems to be to...more
As I listened to this book I keep sort of rooting for Walker. He represents a type of person I wish I could be more alike. He is a driven character. He knows what he wants and he lets nothing get in his way. He wants to be King of the World and he does all in...more
I can't wait to get caught up on this series and see how how it ends! S.M. Stirling is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers and as l...more
That said, I enjoyed the continuing adventures of the Nantucket crowd and their long distance maneuvering against Walker and his crew. Being the second in the series...more
Island in the Sea of Time
Against the Tide of Years
On the Oceans of Eternity
The island of Nantucket and the Coast Guard barque Eagle are mysteriously sent back in time to around 1000 BC. Being too small a society for self-sufficience, the inhabitants (including many seasonal visitors) must go out in the world and survive using technology and cunning. Epic adventure, well researched and well written.
Note: Stirling’s Emberverse series is connected to the...more
After the events in book one Walker has established himself firmly in ancient Greece where he is building an empire. It is up to the Nantucketers to find and recru...more
Anyway. There were parts of this that I enjoyed much more than I did the first book and there were other parts that didn't strike me as interesting as the first novel. The climax of this one was dramatic and all, but it didn't have the same kind of dramatic quality as Walker's defection and betrayal. I'm still going to read the last one, because a) some of these characters are just the most interesting characters I've encountered in speculative fi...more
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The battle continues and so does the excitement. I'm enjoying the series and plan to jump right on into the last book this month. This may not be an original concept for a story, but it is the first such type that I have read and I'm finding myself getting sweep up in the ancient world meeting modern man.
I guess most of the main players from the first book were back, though we didn't get to see enough of them. I'm hoping that will change with the last book. We got to meet or get to know better s...more
I enjoyed Against the Tide of Years, but there were a lot of extremely slow parts. I found it difficult to slog through these parts or to want to pick the book up again afterwards. But the parts that were interesting really held my attention, including those where advancements were discussed by the islanders or when they would meet with ancient civilizations. The parts where they allied with the Babylonians and made war on Walker were especially entertaining. Overall I felt it was not a...more
Stirling shows off to good effect his extensive research into ancient history, and there are some mildly congenial characters. But the book seems long, and feels like the middle b...more