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Island in the Sea of Time by S.M. Stirling
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Jul 30, 11

bookshelves: alternate-history
Read in July, 2011

Comparing Stirling's first venture into the alternate history subgenre to the grandmaster Harry Turtledove might not be altogether fair, except Stirling stands up quite favorably.

Not as many characters, nor as much of a swing between the intimate details of the characters and the broad picture of history as with Turtledove, but you really come to care for the handful of
main characters and despise the bad guys Walker and Hong.

Thankfully, Stirling has continued the storyline into a trilogy followed by two more trilogies all under the umbrella title "A Novel of the Change." This is a story you don't want to see the end of...and the author is trying to oblige!

If you're a fan of cultures impacting each other and the impact of technology and economics on cultures; if you enjoy strong and unique characters, you will truly enjoy this first title and the entire first trilogy of Stirling's masterwork.
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