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The Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove
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Jun 05, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: alternatehistory, fiction

Even though this is the first book of his I've read, he seems like a formula writer. Some character asides, reflections, actions as well as some locations have little to do with the story besides proving to the reader that Turtledove has, in fact, studied the historical period of which he is presenting an alternative fictional story. In terms of the "twist" that changes history with this one, it's a rather big dues ex machina, rather than a small pivotal detail. The main characters are all male and things largely happen TO the female characters; who are continually appealing to men for help and advice (even if they are soldiers!), and acquiescing to male demands and opinions. The honor of some southern gentleman seems to exaggerated; particularly when it gets tested against real politik. It would have been interesting to have had a black protagonist. The least historical characters being the time travellers who provide the guns, are flat and uninteresting with little in the way of details to distinguish one Afrikaner from another.

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