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The Iron Shirts

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In a world in which horses survived to flourish in 13th-century America, the wars and rivalries of thirteenth-century Ireland have new players: the mysterious warriors from across the Western Sea, called by some the “ó Gonklins.” They and their Irish hosts have much in common—enough to misunderstand one another far more than utter aliens ever could.

Kindle Edition, 34 pages
Published (first published April 15th 2011)
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Matt Mitrovich
Apr 28, 2015 Matt Mitrovich rated it really liked it
I was trying to think of something to review on the quick and I decided to try out a short story I have been meaning to read: “The Iron Shirts” by award-winning author Michael F. Flynn. Originally published on Tor.com in 2011, its old but it has been recommended by Harry Turtledove and it was a finalist for the 2011 short form Sidewise Award. So it should be good, right?

Set in the 13th century, the story is told from the perspective of David O’Flynn, who is attending a meeting of western Irish c
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Kimikimi
Feb 14, 2015 Kimikimi rated it it was ok
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Another Tor.com short story

This was a really difficult read due to language and a pretty complicated plot for a short story. All of the old Gaelic was confusing, although I managed to work out some of it. Then half way through there's a long passage about boats and boat parts also, and then there are Native Americans with thier own languages (two) so... Also lots of politics, if you like that sort of thing. It was well written but hard work.
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Short but interesting alternative history...would be good to read a full-length novel
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Michael Francis Flynn (born 1947) is an American statistician and science fiction author. Nearly all of Flynn's work falls under the category of hard science fiction, although his treatment of it can be unusual since he has applied the rigor of hard science fiction to "softe
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