Fire on the Mountain
Fiction. It's 1959 in socialist Virginia. The Deep South is an independent Black nation called Nova Africa. The second Mars expedition is about to touch down on the red planet. And a pregnant scientist is climbing the Blue Ridge in search of her great-great grandfather, a teenage slave who fought with John Brown and Harriet Tubman's guerrilla army. Long unavailable in the...more
I just cant conceivably reccomend this book to anyone, and I didnt enjoy reading it.
- Flat, boring characters.
- Alternative history that doesnt make se ...more
Next on my list is to re-read is some Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs.
Genre-related things aside, and you should put them *well* aside, this is an astounding piece of fiction. The voices from this work, which is primarily told in letters from the past, gives voice to something I do not get to see very ofte ...more
The book is highly readable and a good case study in the construction of alternate timeline settings. Unfortunately, Bisson seems to have had trouble deciding between telling the story of ...more
But the quilt that is patched together of these interlocking times and stories is really quite attractive. A great granddaughter of a young slave and ...more
The year is 1959. The second Mars expedition is about to land. Yasmin is making the long trip from Nova Africa into backwoods U.S.S.A. to take her great-grandfather's writings to a museum. Interspersed with Yasmin's story is the story of her great-grandfather, a former slave who lived through Brown and Tubman's 1859 abolitionist uprising... The one where Tubman didn't fall sick, the supplies ...more
The following ma ...more
Generally, the past-history is far more engaging then the future-history. You only get a vision of the lives of a few people in a future built on the successful revolutionary war led by John Brown, but you never really get a vision of how there society works on a macro-scale (I have the ...more
The premise is pretty cool. What if John Brown's revolt had worked? Cool, right. How do you not want to at least pic ...more
I do wish that AH authors didn't seem to feel the need to include another AH novel in their story about our world and thus explain how the two timelines differ.
It's a g ...more
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