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Drakas! (Draka #5)

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The Domination of the Draka begins as a British possession in Africa, but soon becomes far more. Absorbing refugees after the American Revolution, and later the Civil War, the Draka become a people bred to rule with an iron fist. They permanently enslave the peoples of Africa, when they do not simply kill them.

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Paperback, First Edition, 384 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Baen (first published 2000)
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Mark Henwick
I was really upset when I read this.

S. M. Stirling's Draka books are brilliant. I suspect he got p***ed off at the criticism that has been handed to him for writing a dystopian alternate history using the bad guys as MCs. I have heard he started to say that he finds the Draka 'boring' now, and I can understand that it would be difficult (but not impossible) to continue the stories as the Draka are so strong. That's not an excuse for this book...

All of which is me just winding up to say that this...more
I broadly do not like short story collections, and this collection suffers from all the usual problems: uneven quality and stories too short to get into.

Most of the ones that take the Drakon path (Drakas in "our world") are pretty dull. The ones set during the earlier books are better. Unsurprisingly, the ones whose authors I knew were much better written.
This anthology features short stories set in Stirling’s Draka universe. Twelve authors contribute. There are some real gems here, but you probably won’t appreciate them if you haven’t read the Draka series first.

As is usual with short stories, a few good, a few bad, most OK. I was very disappointed with one author's attempt to do a Flashman/Draka fusion piece.
Most of the stories complemented the original series.
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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.

More about S.M. Stirling...
Dies the Fire (Emberverse, #1) The Protector's War (Emberverse, #2) A Meeting at Corvallis (Emberverse, #3) Island in the Sea of Time (Nantucket, #1) The Sunrise Lands (Emberverse, #4)

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