A supervolcanic eruption in Yellowstone Park sends lava and mud flowing toward populated areas, and clouds of ash drifting across the country. The fallout destroys crops and livestock, clogs machinery, and makes cities uninhabitable. Those who...more
and it has nothing to do with the frequent disparaging of rhode island. not content simply to use it as a unit of measurement (although he does), he also says many unflattering things about the state itself. but considering how crappy this book is, i am pretty sure ...more
I have to imagine that, should a nice chunk of the nation be obliterated, with major cities completely wiped out, and hundreds of thousands of people killed, even in California, they'd be more concerned with recent events than the fact that newspapers are getting thinner as paper ...more
So, Harry, where's the next book? Don't let little things like eating and sleeping slow you down, man - alteration of an entire planetary ...more
The details about Yellowstone and how it might erupt are done well enough; Turtledove does his ...more
What an ugly, caustic book. And I don't mean the garbage spewing out of the supervolcano. Reading through, yes, the main character is grumpy, curmudgeonly. Okay, let's keep going. His daughter is specifically called by ...more
Two of my favorite authors just came up with barely readable books...this must be a record.
Let me start by saying that this is not alternate history...this is not even science fiction...this is...this is...just like the film "2012'!
What I mean with that is a disjointed, confusing, repetitive, pointless, apocalyptic yarn that goes nowhere.
The ENTIRE cast of characters is fairly disagreeable...well maybe not the geologist...but everybody, and i mean everybody, else is ...more
Well this was disappointing. I've loved Harry Turtledove ever since I read "The Great War" trilogy, and after this I think he should stick to alternate history. While this is far from the worst book I've ever read, I wouldn't even call it bad, it focused on all of the most boring aspects.
Let's start with the positives: The build up to the eruption is great. All of the facts are clearly laid out and the horrors of what's coming ...more
The descriptions of the eruption were really good, the characters were not. One dimensional and unlikeable.
I don't care enough to read the rest of the series.
This may be a first for me in that the author has managed to craft an entire book without a single sympathetic character - except for Pickles, the cat ...more
This man has a PhD in Byzantine history. He has written some of the most well researched, best alternative history novels I've ever read.
Why at this point in his career he chose to write this USA network movie drivel I have no idea.
The characters are one dimensional and unlikable, the event itself in the book was underwhelming, and the aftermath was "So what?". No real drama, no tension. There was about a 10 page section that made me feel like I was playing The Sims. She took something out of ...more
I wanted to like this book SO MUCH and kept plowing through the choppy POV and crappy dialogue but I just can't even finish.
I made it to page 74 and after reading this: "One of the girls behind the desk, a blonde who'd be porky in another five or ten years, had not a clue concealed anywhere about her person."
YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FREAKING KIDDING ME.
No. Do not waste your time.
Synopsis for Eruption :
A supervolcanic eruption in Yellowstone Park sends lava and mud flowing...more
We open with Colin Ferguson, a Southern California cop, who is on vacation in the Yellowstone area getting over his ex-wife who left him for an aerobics instructor. (My first 'wtf?' moment was that the main character shares a name with an ...more
The basic premise is that the Supervolcano under Yellowstone Park erupts. Now this sounded like a really cool disaster novel.
There are a couple of problems with the novel:
•It takes at least 1/3 of the novel before the Supervolcano actually goes off. This should've happened sooner in the book.
•After it goes off, Harry Turtledove describes some of the devastation, but it's less graphic than I would've liked - ...more
In the beginning I was actually enjoying it quite a bit. I have read several books by Harry Turtledove and I have learned to forgive his lack of character development in favor of his incredible ability to weave historical and technical details into a realistic, while also fantastic story. I was enjoying the lead up to the volcano eruption, including all the little nerdy bits of volcano science, and was looking forward to an exciting ...more
These characters will all find themselves in a drastically ...more
I don't normally have trouble keeping characters straight in my head but for some reason I had problems with everyone except the main character and his girlfriend. I'd always have to think for a minute to orient myself with the change in point of view.
I guess I expected more of the book ...more
Please, Mr. Turtledove, don't put out a piece of crap like this again. You make my top five list of favorite authors but if you put out more stuff like this... I'd have to demote ...more
The author spent more time on less important plots than he did on the actual eruption. There is a killer loose in the LA burbs and that wastes a good 100 or do pages. There is enough family drama to invite Dr. Phill into the mix. Then there is a ...more
Have read many SciFi/Fantasy books as well as book from Turtlesove before. But this book rates as the worst I have ever read. This is a story of a bunch of characters that are frankly not interesting and little developed. The Supervolcano eruption is just a background distraction and not really well dealt with at all.the whole book is quite scatterbrained and little logic or goals come out of it. If you like Soap Operas you might like to read this. But if you are ...more
Harry Turtledove attended UCLA, where he received a Ph.D. in Byzantine history in 1977.
Turtledove has been dubbed "The Master of Alternate History". Within this genre he is known both for creating original ...more
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