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The Winter of the World

3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  99 ratings  ·  7 reviews
A corpse in Arvanneth was nothing except food for stray dogs. That's why adventurer Josserek Derrain was so cautious as he slipped across the city's limits under cover of darkness. By now even the lowliest guard in the Southern Empire was looking to slit his throat for the reward. Josserek's intention was to see that no one ever collected that money.

As he moved quickly onw
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Hardcover, 182 pages
Published by Nelson Doubleday, Inc. (first published 1976)
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Mike
Not bad, but nothing special either. In a future ice age, various savages scrounge for metal in the iced-over cities of the past while new empires are rising to the south and trying to conquer their neighbors. The main characters are a general in one of the southern empire's armies; a spy from a enlightened merchant-seaman kingdom; and a savage woman from the north who both fall in love with. Anderson has often written about "savages" defeating or outsmarting more advanced civilizations and that ...more
Lyn
Say what you will about Poul Anderson’s politics, morals or philosophies, but at the end of the day he tells a good story. Winter of the World describes a far future Earth where an Ice Age has transformed humanity into new and different cultures. This work displays Anderson’s early libertarianism, and a hint of a recurring Nordic centrism. Anderson, an only slightly less literary lothario than Heinlein, has in his canon created a hedonistic harem of female characters, but Donya of the Northfolk ...more
Rae
I did not like this book. Too many gory details about events that occurred during World War II. Some of the history was interesting.
Elizabeth Hunter
I really enjoyed the word Anderson builds in this one. I haven't read any of his work before (that I recollect) mainly because I never know where to start, so it was fun to have this one tossed at me by a friend. His writing is a little heavy on exposition, but he's definitely thinking things through.

The edition I read also includes the short story collect The Queen of Air and Darkness, of which the title story is definitely the best.
Fredrick Danysh
Earth has been ravaged by a new Ice Age. As Josserek Derrain tries to sneak out of Arvanneth is is captured by a female of the Rogaviki who are trying to protect their northern hunting grounds from the Empire. The two will end up facing numerous perils together.
Mystfromthesea
I was sort of interested in this book when I started reading it, but it didn't seem to go anywhere. I'm not really in to lots of political intrigue. I skimmed through to see if it got any better but there didn't seem to be much action.
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I am rereading this book. I read it over 30 years ago.
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Pseudonym A. A. Craig, Michael Karageorge, Winston P. Sanders, P. A. Kingsley.

Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous a
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