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Preview — The Peshawar Lancers by S.M. Stirling
The Peshawar Lancers
This book in particular deals with an alternate history where man's technological progress was halted in the 1870's by an asteroid colliding with the Earth. Flooding, long winters and cold summers, starvation, mass migration, cannibalism, and disease follow. Fast forward to 2025 where the maj...more
-Remotely sympathetic or even interesting characters
-Dialogue that was consistent from page to page
-Plot that made even a lick of sense
I respect the steampunky British Raj atmosphere that Stirling created, but the clunky writing, as well as the other issues listed above, just killed this for me.
For example: Stirling is so concerned with not saying "he" or nami...more
This is classic swords and horses adventure. Very gripping, with some great...more
It picks up, though. Oh, he never gets any less Marty-Stu. But it turns out that it's just that Stirling doesn't do deep characters, really at all. But at least Athelstane is not the only one. Hi...more
S. M. Sterling evokes Rudyard Kipling, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson and Bruce Sterling in this delightful alternate history view of a revived British Empire in the aftermath of a series of devestating cometary impacts on late 19th Century Earth. Comparing Stirling to Rudyard Kipling and other writers of Imperial Raj fiction seems most apt, since this novel is essentially an early 21st Century recounting of the "Great Game" played betwee...more
But the author, I felt, really lets you down. The characters tended to be flat and stereotypical. The basic plot was very simplistic (I foresaw every "twist" by the t...more
I read this years ago, before I moved to India. It was just a sort of pulp fiction novel. But since I returned from India, it is a lot more fun to read and imagine...more
While the root of the story lies in post-apocalyptic steampunk, these elements are not terribly prevalent in the actual narrative - they serve as a catalyst for creating the kind of society in which the story takes place, and provide set pieces for ma...more
It's an alternate history tale, where Victorian London (and significant parts of the northern hemisphere) are struck by meteors that leave desolation in their wake, forcing a mass emigration south. The Empire still exists, but its heart is in India, not London, and the ruling families have taken Indian culture and religion on board, amalgamating them seamlessly into their former way of...more
The story is a quest is to save the hero's family because it is going to play a pivotal part in saving the Empire. The action s...more
Die Welt, wie sie hätte sein können - Alternativweltenbeschreibungen sind ein faszinierender Zweig der Science Fiction, in denen es zwischen völlig veränderten Szenarien bis hin zu nur leicht verschobenen Fastrealitäten alles gibt. Bei "The Peshawar Lancers" haben wir es eher mit dem letzteren zu tun - keine große Fantastik, keine abstrusen Ideen, sondern nur die Vorstellung, was passiert wäre, wenn die Weltuhr im Jahre 1878 praktisch angehalten und jeder Fortschr...more
I picked up this book because Stirling co-authored several of the books collected in The Prince with Jerry Pournelle. I hadn't ever read a solo work by Stirling, so I was curious. I have had mixed success with Pournelle's co-authors. I tried reading a book by Niven, and while I liked it, I only liked it, I didn't love it. I picked up a work from Michael Flynn on the same day I bought this one, and I couldn't even finish it. I like Flynn enough to read his blog, but so far I've started but not fi...more
The book mainly takes place in 2025. Civilization is slowly recovering and so is technology. Transportation is mainly horse, boat, train or blimp. Motorcars are new and few.
Enter our hero, Athelstane King an officer in the Peshawar Lancers,...more