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1634: The Ram Rebellion

(Assiti Shards #4)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  2,169 ratings  ·  82 reviews
The Thirty Years War continues to ravage 17th century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20th century led by Mike Stearns who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident. Inspired by the example of ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Baen
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Malachi B.
1634: The Ram Rebellion isn't actually a single novel. Unlike the previous books, it is actually a collection of stories written by different authors. These stories seem strange at first, but make sense later. At the beginning, there is a large section about farming, sheep, and a ram that is constantly escaping. Then there are several pages of ballet, which is connected loosely to the rest of the story. About two thirds through the book, the constantly changing stories stop and Eric Flint takes ...more
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This being Science Fiction, a couple of definitions may be in order:

Alternate History - a sub genre of SF that deals with a universe similar to, but different from, our own based on some departure from what we consider history. For instance, the bullet fired at Abraham Lincoln grazes his skull instead of killing him. A single event (usually) sets in motion a range of possibilities that allow the writer to cast the story in a world close to, but not, our own.

Shared Universe Novel - A work created
Rainer Prem
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is not a novel. But it also isn't an anthology.

There are several short and not so stories in this book, written by different authors. There is also one novella length story, written by Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce.

The stories basically constitute several prequels to the final novella. As it is custom in the the 1632verse they are part of an immensely complex net of preconditions and unintended consequences.

A simple farmer trying to buy some more fields suddenly stumbles over the laws and
Michael Laine
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm about 450 pages in. It's snowing like crazy outside, and we're all trapped at the house. I bought the book for $.99 at Goodwill, as I was heading home before the big storm... So, given that preamble; it is certainly is fulfilling it's function.

Is it 'good'? Yes. Is it 'great'? No.

More later once I've finished it.

Finished. I liked it. I am a fan of this series, and I like political/historical novels in general. That this is a time-travel/warping political historical novel with a twis
Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
I read this one becaise I was bored and it was at the library. This is what strikes me as the down side of Eric Flint's attempt at a communal, shared world epic series. It's a lot of snippets that would, and some times are, amusing on their own.

But the book is definitely less than the sum of it's parts. The most coherent parts of a sort of novella (which was boring) and the main thrust of the story about the "Ram Rebellion" which was waaaayyyy to much politics and too little of anything interes
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winning title in the 1632 Verse. The Ram Rebellion tells a story from what I'll say is the tactical level of events, until the other Novels which deal with the 1632 Verse History at a much higher level. I really enjoyed all the real history and cultural lessons in this Alt-History story line. I highly recommend this series to any one interested in the 30 years War/Alt-History fans. ...more
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, 1632
Not my favorite of the 1632 series, but still a good read.
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Over all I enjoyed this collection of stories!
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a confusing book in the series. Good, but just a wee bit mixed up at times. I'm sure that's mostly the nature of being a complete story in an anthology layout with a story being told by a large group of writers.

The story is solid though, and it felt like one that needed to be told, if that makes sense at all. The historical side of these books puts everyone in a world of divides, and while we do see it in the other books, it always feels a bit lacking, usually because it's not the main
Winston Smith
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
I have mixed feelings about The Ram Rebellion. I enjoyed the way it transitioned from a story about a woman trying to breed sheep to humorous stories in the paper to political commentary to an actual political movement. It felt reasonably well done and believable.

I didn't enjoy the way the story was told primarily from the perspective of rather average people whose primary goal is to avoid getting involved in anything that might bring attention to themselves. There's lots of good up-time and dow
Jul 05, 2009 rated it liked it
People reading the 1632 series are likely to become confused upon reaching 1634. There are 4 books with "1634" in the title, and even after examining the books closely it wasn't clear which order they were supposed to be read in. Turns out it doesn't much matter as they all deal with very different characters and events, most of which occur in the title year. "The Ram Rebellion," moreover, is an anthology of stories by various authors set in this universe and bound together loosely with some seg ...more
Daniel Shellenbarger
The Ram Rebellion isn't my favorite Ring of Fire novel to date, but it's not as bad as I feared. Going into it, my previous experience with coauthor Virginia DeMarce's work in the series was 1634: The Bavarian Crisis and her various short stories, which aren't bad (well, except for that story about the lady looking into her family's genealogy in a Swabian monastery's archives, that was pretty bad) but generally I find her writing style to be a bit dry and overly detail-oriented with too many cha ...more
Michael Hatt
Jun 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
Started in on The Ram Rebellion quite some time ago. Found this book to be boring, dull, and impossible to stay focused on. Gave it a good try, but have set it aside with about 50 pages still to read. Just do not want to force my way through it.
The book is disjointed, containing many short stories that were connected only in someone's imagination. The so called star is a ram (as in sheep) named Brillo who actually talks in a couple of the segments. Brillo becomes the driving force in a rebellio
Sharon Dodge
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Daniel Bratell
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
As Eric Flint says himself, this is an odd novel. It's a novel with short stories included. The book starts in 1631, shortly after the ring of fire and goes all the way to 1634. There you get to follow various people in the Grantville vicinity when they try to build a new life. A new life as auditor, ballet instructor or sheep farmer.

It is interesting in a different way than the books that try to describe the big picture and I like the book, but I missed a few thread endings. Maybe they are in a
Stig Sydtangen
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
A largely bland entry in the 'ring of fire' series with flashes of interesting things taking place here and there.
Sadly it never feels like the book quite finds its pace and tries to keep track of too many characters at a time to really invest any significant time into most of them, leaving them shallow and artificial.

Would recommend considering this as a 'filler' in the series and could only recommend it if you feel like you'd like to know the minutia in-betweens of the main storyline which is
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
The first half was a set of short stories that bounced between pretty decent and kinda silly.
The second half was a more proper novel. It was just good enough to keep me reading, but the plot really jumped around a lot (at one point there was a scene that was only one paragraph long). There were also a lot of characters and I really had trouble remembering who was who. I think this was because there wasn't anything super distictive about several of them.
Anyway - i finished it so I can move on in
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting use of Short Stories written by different authors to bring an overarching story to life. The start of it doesn't seem to be leading to any real change in the World of the Ring of Fire, the stories are funny, especially when they are including the Ram Brillo and all of them are more even in the writing that you get from a normal collection of short stories. A very unusual way to present a story but well worth the read if you are taking an interest in the series. ...more
Jennifer Povey
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun mosaic novel, solidly written and well coordinated (the various authors match their tone and voice exceptionally well).

I'm not a 1632 fan, and I found it perfectly readable despite the fact that I hadn't read much of the series. It does get a bit ra ra ra modern democracy at times, which can impact the historical feel. It's a time travel novel, though.

And the ram is cute.
john ferguson
Not worth reading

Very disjointed and just not a very good book. I like the premise of explaining what is going on and avoiding the great man. I thought the first story was interesting but it really became a chore to read the rest of the book. Makes me have second thoughts on reading anymore of the series.
Samuel Lubell
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: alt-hist
This is an odd book. It's part a collection of stories, in part notes on the alternate history just barely fictionalized. There are too many characters here and it doesn't really hold together. The weakest entry in the series so far. ...more
Scott Storms
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this one, but it never caught my attention.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty good, but it felt a lot more like a compilation of somewhat related short stories rather than a normal book. That is all that really needs to be said.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, audio
If I had known this was more of an anthology of short stories by different authors with an overall story arc rather than a novel, it would have made much more sense. I was quite confused.
Big Bad Brillo ROF 4

many names, locations, and seamless transitions which sometimes left me feeling quite a bit lost. The rise of Brillo tho was interesting and sometimes funnt
George Sterling
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ran Rebellion

Just finished reading this book and really enjoyed it. It was a great sequel to the original. A must have if you liked the original.
Edward ott
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Less about the leaders and more about what happened on the ground.
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Originally posted at Forest Azuaron.

The most important thing to know about The Ram Rebellion is that it isn't a novel, but a series of short stories on the same topic (The Ram Rebellion) that culminate into a novella, and these shorts are not written by the same authors. The result is that the story quality is incredibly uneven; some are quite good, and some are quite bad.

The second most important thing to know is that the rebellion doesn't actually occur until half-way through the ending novell
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The Thirty Years War continues to ravage 17th century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20th century led by Mike Stearns who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident. Inspired by the example of American freedom and justice, a movement in Franconia among the peasants, who have revolted sever

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Eric Flint is a New York Times bestselling American author, editor, and e-publisher. The majority of his main works are alternate history science fiction, but he also writes humorous fantasy adventures.

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Assiti Shards (1 - 10 of 28 books)
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  • 1634: The Galileo Affair (Assiti Shards, #3)
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