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A Meeting at Corvallis (Emberverse #3)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  4,936 ratings  ·  191 reviews
In the tenth year of The Change, the survivors in western Oregon have learned how to live in a world without technology. But a confrontation between the forces of those who would rebuild the world peacefully and the feared Protector, who will use whatever means at his command to extend his power, threatens to plunge the entire region into open warfare.
Paperback, 640 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Roc (first published September 5th 2006)
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Morgan Ives
As a fantasy reader, I've read my share of tedious books. I have a high tolerance for world building, flowery descriptions, and long expository prose.

_A Meeting at Corvallis_ went far beyond my tolerance level. I picked up the book assuming that it was the first in the series; so thoroughly did the author rehash everything in past books that I did not realize it was the third until after I finished reading it. Nothing was left up to the imagination; every rock, tree, grass blade, hair, fold in f
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Kathy Davie
Third in the Emberverse science fiction dystopian series of an alternative history for the world and revolving around the survivors of an EMP.

It's 2008, and it's been seven months since The Protector's War , 2.

My Take
Oh. My. God. Make sure you have a TON of tissues before you finish this. I cried great gulping buckets. Even now, just thinking about it has me breaking into tears. A neighbor showed up at my door and was surprised by how much I was crying. Fortunately, she's a reader, so she unders
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Nathan Miller
"AMaC" picks up immediately after "The Protector's War." The two could probably be considered one story in two volumes. Curiously, there's more war in AMaC than there is in TPW. As one might expect, things go progressively downhill for the Allies, who are still collectively militarily outnumbered three to two by the Protectorate army. We see some more major plot movement, the resolution of some of the sub-plots from TPW, plus the introduction of some new ones. It's clear that the author intends ...more
Melissa
I'd have to give this installment of the series 3 1/2 stars. It was certainly better than The Protector's War, but not as good as the first book, Dies the Fire. These books should really be read in order, but the main thing about them is they center around an event called the Change. This change made things completely different for human beings. No longer do guns, other weapons, electricity, or other modern objects work. Those who have eeked out a living in this world are strong indeed and inclu ...more
Graham Crawford
I am not the most ideal person to review this book because I come to it with extreme prejudice. Firstly, I ignored all the warning labels in the Goodreads comments - they told me not to read this book first - the third in a trilogy. I should have listened. More importantly, this book is largely about the Society for Creative Anachronism - a group I was heavily involved with in my younger days (I was a Laurel - one of the folk "A Meeting at Corvallis" describes as a "Period Nazi").

I can't say rea
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Kris
This book concludes the first story line in Stirling's Emberverse series. In the story he builds up two big plot lines one which revovles around the big conflict between the Protector and the indepedant states in the Willamette valley and then the small conflict around Rudi and Matilda the two young heirs. Along the way we learn more details about Corvallis and the Mt Angel groups as well as watch the reavling of the various plots and counter plots weaved by the warring factions which all leads ...more
Wesley
Emberverse book 3, overall I enjoyed it. I probably wouldn’t change anything. As mentioned in my book 2 review there are similar feelings. Given I didn’t have to wait for it to come out I wouldn’t be let down. One thing though the author doesn’t skimp on content, these are big books; they could have been made smaller with the same wait times. I like that. Like the first installment and the last the details don’t wear you down. This series is turning out to be great about that, which them makes h ...more
Roberta
I really should have enjoyed this book but it took me three weeks to read. The inevitable confrontation between the Portland Protective Association and the combined forces of Clan MacKenzie, the Bearkillers, the Dunedain Rangers, and their allies come to a head.

Stirling follows a tremendous cast of characters in telling how the confrontation builds and comes to a conclusion. I think therein lies the problem. He has a lot of interesting characters and some of them much more interesting than other
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Jen
Somewhere in the middle of this you realize that you are TOTALLY ATTACHED to these characters and their well-being. It sneaks up on you, which is delightful. For anyone who enjoys a good bit of swashbuckling as well as some fantastic commentaries on human interaction, this is a great read. It will never earn five stars from me, though, as there are a number of times when I just want Stirling to get out of his own way. With his continuing editorializing about religion (although here the Christian ...more
Rebecca Radnor
Remember how in the last book I said the blow by blow battle scenes were taking over the book in part cause there was little story and what there was was disjointed? ... well the story slows down EVEN more with even more battle scenes, in fact now we've got a full fledged war going on and we're just going from one battle directly into the next with almost nothing in the way of character development. You have to get to about the 50% mark before ANY story development kicks in. Again there's a lot ...more
Click Clack Gorilla // Book Punks
What a series. Sometime during book two (The Protector's War) I became totally obsessed. The writing is a bit sloppy (he tends to cut off in the middle of action and jump to a scene after its all finished, relating how the last scene ended through inferences) in places, but I really love the universe that Stirling has created. And I can't help but imagine him sitting around at the pub with George R.R. Martin discussing their books. (They are apparently friends.) I would recommend the series to a ...more
Jammastere
Wow, just wow. I can't say enough good stuff about the Embeverse books! This book picks up within a few months of where The Protector's War left off. The few remaining free territories in the South verses the Portland Protective Association in the North.

This series is urban fantasy set in a world where the laws of physics were altered suddenly one day in the last 1990's. This book takes place 9 years after the "Change" as it has come to be called. The series is mostly focused on events in the Wi
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Tomislav
I've been writing reviews of stand-alone novels for a long time now, and I think I know how to avoid giving spoilers, by describing the basic premise without giving the plot. But the problem with reviewing a later book in a series, is that even the basic premise can contain what would be a spoiler with respect to one of the earlier books. That is the case with these books of "The Change", so all I can really say is that this one follows very closely on The Protector's War. Be sure to have both b ...more
Sherry
Surprisingly still good.

I've only ever read one other epic set like this (the Dune series) and got through that due to youthful enthusiasm and determination. I will see if this series holds me to the end. Since I can buy these one at a time I will continue to buy so long as the story continues to be good. I figured we would lose a main character at some point. I've been pleased that I've not been able to guess who will live, who will die and how certain sub plots will play out. I've also been pl
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Badseedgirl
Mr. S.M. Stirling, has finally with his third novel in the “Emberverse” series A Meeting At Corvallis, written a novel of the apocalyptic end of the world that no longer holds the faint roasted turkey leg whiff of a Medieval Renaissance festival gone horribly wrong. The setting of this current novel occurs almost 10 years after “The Change”.

Mr. Stirling finally delivered the war promised by his second novel The Protector’s War. He handles this war with a tone much more serious and with a tone mu
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Daniel Mala
I’m still working on this series and am a little split on it. On the up note I think that Stirling’s writing has improved over the last couple of books. I enjoy his depiction of the Willamette Valley after the change. And this book has more colorful and visual descriptions. I didn’t care for the dialog in the first book, but that has become more original and improved. For the most part I like the story line. I will always have a hard time with “the change”. It loses me a bit to have something oc ...more
Linda I
What an awesome, yet bittersweet ending to the first Emberverse series. Incredible how much I've become addicted to this story. It truly is one of the better sci-fi (though, admittedly, not much sci-fi stuff has happened yet outside the actual change) series I've ever read. Clan MacKenzie and the BearKillers continue to protect their hearth and home from the Lord Protectors association. Matilda and Rudi, rather predictably, become best friends and endure the back-and-forth capture and recapture ...more
Sharon
"A Meeting at Corvallis" is the last book in the "Dies the Fire" trilogy. Part of S.M. Stirling's excellent Change Novels series, these books discuss a civilization reawakening after some astral phenomenon renders modern technology useless. Those who survive are the people who had arcane skills such as soapmaking, weaving -- and even medieval cottage construction and battle tactics.

This book takes place in the ninth and 10th post-Change years, with characters from the previous three books growin
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Fatbaldguy60
This book concludes the first portion of this series. Two more books have come out, set about 20 years later. I enjoyed this series more than the Nantucket books. I thought he just got too complex with those books. These books stay a bit more local, with less world history thrown at the reader. Obviously, Stirling is a skilled writer, able to ratchet up the tension and provide a satisfying conclusion. Most of the characters had good depth and their own peculiar quirks. The battle and fight scene ...more
Ryan G
Because of various tactical planning by Juniper and her Clan, war with the Portland Protectorate Association hasn't quite broken out. Tensions though are rising and it's only a matter of time before Norman Arminger and his even more dangerous wife, the Lady Sandra Arminger, figure out a way to ride roughshod over the obstacles in the way.

This is a tense third book in the series and one that I found myself being unable to put down. The author is fantastic at creating completely believable worlds
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Brandon
Jul 25, 2008 Brandon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alternative history fans
Great end to this series, altho I understand that there is additional book(s)? that go on with this storyline. I was not expecting the ending to happen the way it did... was a great way to end it, tho. As always I find the Wican witch stuff a little bit dorky - but some of the characters are really fun to follow around.


***SPOILERS AND DETAILED COMMENTARY AHEAD***









In spite of the fact that it made me kinda sad, I'm glad that Micheal Havel died at the end... a miraculous recovery and continued reig
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JC
One thing to note about this series is that two of the main characters embrace, and base their society off of an aspect of Lord of the Rings. Norman Arminger, the bad guy, has basically created the kingdom of Mordor and made himself Sauron, while Astrid Larsen has created her own version of the Dunedain Rangers. I only mention this because this third book in the series has a bit of a "Return of the King" feel to it, that I don't think was accidental. What's particularly funny is that in the last ...more
Ricky
Picking up soon after The Protector's War, this book follows the combined forces of the three groups of survivors introduced in the first two Emberverse books - Juniper Mackenzie's clan, Mike Havel's Bearkiller warriors, and the British military team led by Nigel Loring - as they face off against the evil slaver Norman Arminger, medieval historian and "Lord Protector" of the Pacific Northwest.

I rate this book as the best of the original Emberverse trilogy, if only because it's the one with the m
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Spuddie
While I absolutely loved the first book in this series and really liked the second, I found this one to be unnecessarily long and draggy, with far too much detailed, repetitive description of the bloody war parts, of each and every (numerous!) character's armor and weapons, etc. The storyline about the people left living near Portland, Oregon after a devastating apocalyptic event is wonderful and all the complicated subplots add a richness to the story, but the endless descriptions, just...well, ...more
Melani
I like the idea of this novel/series better then the execution. And to be honest this is really more of a, "read the first half then the last ten pages and figured out the in between stuf" then an actual complete read. But I'm counting it.

a. The character of Juniper Mackenzie is directly based on Heather Alexander This wouldn't bother me so much, except it's more of a, "look how cool I am for including this person cause she's just the coolest thing EVER" In other words it's kinda like reading
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Ken T
This book continues the chronicle of the Portland area after a complete technological collapse. The idea is original and Stirling has created some interested characters, but overall the book was a bit disappointing.

As with the previous volume (The Protector's War), he creates a complicated storyline rich with vivid characters, but he fails to deliver. It felt as if Stirling decided to end the book rather than to pursue many of the various subplots that he sparks. In the last one hundred pages h
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Laylah
This was a frustrating read for me -- there were still things I really enjoyed, and things I think I *would* have enjoyed if they'd gone just a little bit differently (I wish I'd felt less conflicted about Tiphaine, because she had the potential to be really my type). But the overall impression I got coming away from it was that Stirling had pulled an Andrew Eldritch.

(Context: Andrew Eldritch created the Sisters of Mercy, one of the foundational bands that defined the goth scene for years. There
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Kriss
This is most definitly my favorite book out of the series thus far (although I started on the next one the other night and its pretty good so far, but I'm only about 50 pages in and I (view spoiler), even though Stirling didn't make many chapters out of his point of view in the last two books! (view spoiler) ...more
Gunnar Wiskoff
The 3rd book in the series by S.M. Stirling. On March 17, 1998, a major electrical disturbance that originated in Nantucket knocks the entire world into the Bronze Age. This series covers a few groups of people and how they deal with no electricity or high-density technology.
The Bearkillers, a group of several hundred that started with Mike Havel, an ex-Marine that was flying the Larssen family from Boise, ID to their ranch in Montana, crash landed in the Idaho wilderness and made their way back
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Stephen Michael Stirling is a French-born Canadian-American science fiction and fantasy author. Stirling is probably best known for his Draka series of alternate history novels and the more recent time travel/alternate history Nantucket series and Emberverse series.

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Other Books in the Series

Emberverse (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Dies the Fire (Emberverse, #1)
  • The Protector's War (Emberverse, #2)
  • The Sunrise Lands (Emberverse, #4)
  • The Scourge of God (Emberverse, #5)
  • The Sword of the Lady (Emberverse, #6)
  • The High King of Montival (Emberverse, #7)
  • The Tears of the Sun (Emberverse, #8)
  • Lord of Mountains (Emberverse, #9)
  • The Given Sacrifice (Emberverse, #10)
  • The Golden Princess (Emberverse, #11)
Dies the Fire (Emberverse, #1) The Protector's War (Emberverse, #2) Island in the Sea of Time (Nantucket, #1) The Sunrise Lands (Emberverse, #4) The Scourge of God (Emberverse, #5)

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