Dies the Fire (Emberverse #1)
The Change occurred when an electrical storm centered over the island of Nantucket produced a blinding white flash that rendered all electronic devices and fuels inoperable. What follows is the most terrible global catastrophe in the history of the human race-and a Dark Age more universal and complete than could possibly be imagined.
I've been reading this book, the first of a series, for a while and, well, we just haven't hit it off. Usually, I'm really interested in post-Apocalyptic, sociological books - The Stand and The Postman are both favorites. The books in the Dresden Files are ones that I can't put down, but Dies the Fire is one of those that it's hard to pick back up. (I've been taking it with me to doctor appoint...more
The book starts off in contemporary West Coast America, following two characters (a pilot and a Ren Faire musician) on a normal day, when The Change happens. This shoots the story right into action, as the characters have to immediately adjust and survive in a world where electricity no longer works. The first third of the book is compelling reading, I finish...more
Which brings m...more
The survivors, though, have to figure out how to live in this new world as civilization collapses. We don't get a primitivist's utopia, however, but a competently wri...more
Actually, I feel kind of ranty about the book. It is such an archtypical tale, an Aesop’s fable with details–lots and lots of details–but no originality, no finesse in characterization or plotting that it is really...more
The essence of this story is just a catchy premise, stretched painfully to cover an entire novel. I usually see this kind...more
I enjoyed this well enough, but I don't see me pursuing the entire series. Fun characters, though, and lots to talk about regarding social structures, canibalism, etc.
But by the Three-Aspect Goddess, I'm so glad that my Wiccan friends don't talk like Lady Juniper! Sheesh!
This story is told from the perspective of two very different...more
The gimmick here is that "the Change" that causes the end of civilization literally changes the laws of physics. Gunpowder, internal combustion, an...more
That's all well and good, you can build something interesting around that. What we get from Stirling are one dimensional characters written to satisfy stereotypes. Every character has one defining aspect, for...more
The Change occurred when an electrical storm centered over the island of Nantucket produced a blinding white flash that rendered all electronic devices and firearms inoperable--and plunged the world into a dark age humanity was unprepared to face . . .
S.M. Stirling has written a trilogy of novels about how humanity adapts to the sudden, catastrophic change in potentialities: where, basically, the technologies of medieval times are all that "w...more
Many other reviews have pointed out this book's flaws--the implausibility of everyone knowing how to build bows and arrows and chain mail armor, the uninspired and one dimensional characters,...more
I really liked quie a bit of this post apocalyptic novel, but do feel that it left me a little unsatisified.
There is a sudden white flash, followed by pain and confusion, and voila no more electricity, and no more gun powder. Our protagonists never really try to figure out the how's or the why's behind the "Change", they simply speculate about it in a matter of fact way.
There are some really great characterizations in this novel, I liked many of the heroes of this story.
Stirling does an...more
This story is about the world after a freak electrical storm knocks out every electronic device in the world and renders explosives uselss. The world reverts to riding horses and carrying swords. I wonder how ofte...more
If you didn't read it, here's the premise: Tech suddenly stops working. Electricity can't...more
The thing that kept making me cringe was how the post-Change...more