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New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint’s 1632 presented listeners with a fascinating alternate history of the Thirty Years’ War, through the eyes of a West Virginia community tossed back in time to 17th-century Germany. Here, Flint teams up with acclaimed science fiction author David Weber to continue his epic tale. In 1633, the West Virginians attempt to use their modern-day knowledge to build a resistance against the forces of France, Spain, and England.
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|Listening Length||22 hours and 10 minutes|
|Author||Eric Flint, David Weber|
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|Audible.com Release Date||May 25, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #30,682 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#54 in Alternate History Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#134 in Time Travel Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#284 in Alternate History Science Fiction (Books)
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1633 is also highly educational and interested readers will easily learn a lot about what happened in W. European history during a very complex and important period. Still, all this education does slow down the book, even as the political situation becomes ever more complicated. Moreover, the author chose to expand the story from N. Germany to France, England, Scotland and the Netherlands and of course with still more history lessons. Although this is a long book, the action on so many different stages does not always hang together, not to mention the absence of explanations for simple things e.g. how did an "embassy" simply get to Paris from N. Germany in 1632-33, given the geography and the wars in progress.
All this said, 1633 is a good book, slower than 1632, but good. It might have been better had the authors taken a more balanced view of the aristocracy and governments of the period. Instead, they indulged in too many high school cliches against oligarchic and/or absolute rule. This was cute up a point, but unfortunately it was also repetitive. Readers familiar with 17th Century European history will be probably annoyed; I was and I am not even all that familiar.
In the Afterword, Mr. Flint explains why he chose to have a co-author, i.e. Mr Weber, a writer most famous for his interminable Safehold series. While I understood Mr Flint's points, I do regret that he did not continue with this series on his own. As it is, his first book was clearly better than 1633, but more importantly it has spawned an entire franchise with quite a few authors writing about different years and different countries within the 1632 universe. Depending on how long the virus related lockdown lasts, the 1632 universe is great for escapism that encourages thinking about history. For readers not inclined in this direction, I would suggest reading only 1634-The Baltic War as that will bring this story to a logical resting point.
I find the history interesting and well construed. The what if this then this is great. The people real and three dimensional. I enjoyed the different perspectives & development of existing characters. Not everyone seems to be thrilled with Mike Stearns here without being in outright opposition to him.
NICE plot, puts meat into it, things do not just occur, the why & how is given. Character also grow, & story flows. A most enjoyable read.
Once you read 1633 I would recommend reading he Grantville Gazettes I, 2 & 3 beforee going on to "1634 The Baltic War" as there is some background information in them. If you like the historical aspects of this series I think you will enjoy the "Gazettes" as they also have articles on the reality of the 1632 universe.
Below is a reading order list taken from Eric Flint's website to help you navigate this universe.
Ring of Fire
1634: The Baltic War
(Somewhere along the way, after you’ve finished 1632, read the stories and articles in the first three paper edition volumes of the Gazette.)
1634: The Ram Rebellion
1634: The Galileo Affair
1634: The Bavarian Crisis
1635: A Parcel of Rogues
(Somewhere along the way, read the stories and articles in the fourth paper edition volume of the Gazette.)
Ring of Fire II
1635: The Cannon Law
1635: The Dreeson Incident
1635: The Tangled Web (by Virginia DeMarce)
(Somewhere along the way, read the stories in Gazette V.)
1635: The Papal Stakes
1635: The Eastern Front
1636: The Saxon Uprising
Ring of Fire III
1636: The Kremlin Games
(Somewhere along the way, read the stories in Gazette VI.)
1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies
1636: The Cardinal Virtues
1635: Music and Murder (by David Carrico—this is an e-book edition only)
1636: The Devil’s Opera
1636: Seas of Fortune (by Iver Cooper)
1636: The Barbie Consortium (by Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett—this is an e-book edition only)
1636: The Viennese Waltz
(Somewhere along the way, read the stories in Gazette VII.)
Ring of Fire IV (forthcoming May, 2016)
1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz (forthcoming August, 2016)
1636: The Ottoman Onslaught (forthcoming January, 2017)
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What a disappointment! It’s taken me twice as long to read this ‘boys own adventure’ as it just didn’t hold my attention.
Think I’ll look carefully at the plot synopsis before I read another one…