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Tales From Alternate Earths 2 by Daniel M. Bensen
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Uneven Anthology of Alternate History

Andy and Tina by Gideon Marcus. Andy and Tina are two Soviet cosmonauts caught in a continuing deception by their government. Lots of feelings on the part of Tina, the viewpoint character, but precious little action or decision.

The Matthew by Christopher Edwards. The Matthew is a ship which (in this version of history) took Christopher Columbus' brother to the New World under the auspices of Henry VII of England. Most of the narrative is taken up with the complicated political manuevering between the nations of Europe. Lots of tell, not much show.

The Emperor of the North by Rob Edwards is a tale of an alternate ice age coming upon us, and Finland's attempts to cling to habitability. The characters are as interesting as short story characters get, but the plot twist isn't much of one.

The Accused by Casia Courtier is a story of a girl accused of witchcraft in some future puritannical society. I found it to be unconvincing virtue signalling, and the ending deus-ex-machina

The Fairy Courts by Jeff Provine tells of a Victorian age in which fairies of various sorts are real and have been captured into a menagerie. Moderately interesting viewpoint character, but the plot demonstrates a flaw in the concept - were it that easy to set them loose to such damage, what would the world in which they live be like?

The Dust In The King's Library by Cindy Tomamichael was a ray of sunshine. A tale starting from a supposition that George III of England was cured of his ailments and sponsored scientific research, and the effects upon the future.

Pillars Of The Past by Brent A Harris is basically a melodrama that convinced me of nothing so much as that the author doesn't understand what causes political revolution or why tactics are tailored to fit a situation.

1969: A Space Oddity by Jessica Holmes is a tired moon-landing conspiracy trope.

Lueger's Wager by Bonnie Milani is a different take upon the notion of what if you could prevent Hitler from doing what he did.

Under Pressure by Leo McBride is a pleasant little whodunnit revolving around an underwater colony

The Goose's Wing by Daniel Bensen tells the tale of a 'Connections' type television personality trying to tell the tale of how gliders altered the path of the world he lives in starting in Andalusian Spain. I thought it interesting enough.


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Reading Progress

April 3, 2019 – Started Reading
April 3, 2019 – Shelved
April 8, 2019 – Finished Reading

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