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Opening Atlantis by Harry Turtledove
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Jan 16, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: alternate-history
Recommended for: alternate history fans

While this book is not Turtledove's absolute best, Opening Atlantis is a good, solid novel based in an alternate world in which there is a small continent in the middle of the Atlantic made up of the land that would be the Eastern Seaboard of North America in our world, from New England to Florida.
It position leads to an earlier discovery date, allowing the author to explore the concept of European colonization at the time of the War of the Roses. He then carries the story forward, up until roughly the 1760s, telling three main stories: one of colonization, one of the pirate age, and one of the western colonies getting caught up in the European wars.
Of the three, the pirate tale and the later war story are both riveting, and use a device tying the characters to the same families who first colonized the "new world". He is also able to examine the economics and morality of slavery, with brief nods to the problems of interactions of ecologies and cultures.

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