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A Meeting at Corvallis (Emberverse #3)

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In the tenth year of the Change, the survivors in western Oregon have learned how to live in a world without technology. The city-state of Corvallis has preserved its university, and trade flourishes via riverboats and horse-drawn railways. Under the strong hand of Michael Havel, the Bearkillers hold the lands west of Salem in peace and order. And in the eastern half of th ...more
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Published July 22nd 2008 by Tantor Media (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 under
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Nathan Miller
Oct 20, 2012 Nathan Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Nathan
Nov 16, 2016 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If one is invested in the series this is a solid conclusion. I know the series continues but this will be my stopping point, I remember the quality going down hill in the 20 year later books.
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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Melani
Jan 14, 2008 Melani rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
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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Melissa
Jan 26, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
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
Christopher
I've determined that the first three books 500 page books of the Emberverse series could just as easily have been one 600-750 page book and would have been far more satisfying. Let's consider this volume. It's about a meeting.

A MEETING. Do you feel your heart racing yet?

While the meeting itself actually is interesting as the warring factions in Oregon's Willammette Valley agree to meet to try to broker a truce, it ends inconclusively about a third of the way through the book and we're back to t
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Kris
Apr 23, 2010 Kris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Roberta
May 07, 2012 Roberta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sciencefiction
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
Dec 02, 2009 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
nks
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
Jean Hontz
May 25, 2016 Jean Hontz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is year 8, after The Change. People are trying to survive, relearning how to grow their own food, protect themselves from marauders and warlords. The Bear Killer Clan and Clan Mackenzie are separate but close, with a mutual pact to assist when the self-styled Protector once again sends his forces to conquer them.

Lots of details with regard to primitive survival, and a surprisingly strong emphasis on worship of the Goddess.

Characters are well drawn and strong, and the plot is clear and pointe
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Anita Marcoff
Jul 17, 2014 Anita Marcoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cried.
Ronald Vasicek
Would have been a more interesting book if the author had gone into why the power went out and a bit less time on witches.
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Kriss
Apr 11, 2011 Kriss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Cleverusername2
Jul 18, 2008 Cleverusername2 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best compliment I can pay to this third installment in Stirling’s Emberverse series, and sixth in the Nantucket event series, is that it brings most plot points to an end. Finally, we have the war between the Portland Protectorate Association and the alliance of Bearkillers, the monks of Mount Angel, and Clan McKenzie promised in the previous book, The Protector’s War. Two campaigns detailing the end game of the war are laid out, in fact. Unfortunately, while Stirling delivers on the grippin ...more
Vickey Foggin
Feb 27, 2017 Vickey Foggin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dystopian
This would be a very unsatisfying place to start the series because there is zero characterisation or character development. The world has been built well in the previous books and Stirling expects you to know his characters by this point so the book just tells you what they are up to and focuses on action. They are up to a lot - after a decade of skirmishing the looming war with the PPA finally occurs and it's exciting to read about the raids and battles. All in all a fun read and a solid end t ...more
Ryan G
Feb 08, 2010 Ryan G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Badseedgirl
Nov 17, 2013 Badseedgirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
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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Annette
Dec 18, 2011 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rrp
As the third book in the first trilogy, you expect the stakes to be raised. War, definitely. Probably some of the characters we know and love dying. Political intrigue, more fun weapons and farming hacks from these people still adapting to a changed world.

I was a little disappointed at first when everything seemed to jump around a bit. There are a lot of storylines here that all have to converge together, and thankfully Stirling does a pretty good job juggling them. It’s a far cry from the first
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JC
Jun 17, 2008 JC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Brandon
Jul 09, 2008 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  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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jammastere
Aug 05, 2014 jammastere rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Ken T
Dec 31, 2011 Ken T rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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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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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Tom Gaetjens
The past few years have seen an increase in interest for medieval fantasy with George R.R. Martin leading the charge. Make no mistake, though, despite the apparent friendship between Martin and Stirling, this book features all of the moral ambiguity of a Sunday school lesson. The villains are evil, which we know because we are told they are and because they talk about (though never actually do) some garden variety dastardly deeds. The heros are good, which we know because we are told they are an ...more
Jo Preston
Skimmed to complete trilogy

I enjoyed most of the first book in the trilogy (Dies the Fire), however I found the second two books a great disappointment and found myself skim reading this one just to complete the story arc.

I liked the original concept of the enigmatic Change, knocking out all modern technology and firearms and turning back the world to that of the Middle Ages. I also liked the meld of fantasy, medieval sword play, and Wiccan religion. I felt invested in some of the original chara
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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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I’m a writer by trade, born in France but Canadian by origin and American by naturalizat
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Other Books in the Series

Emberverse (1 - 10 of 14 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)
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