1634: The Ram Rebellion
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.
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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.
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 ...more
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