This troubled century was full of revolutions and plans for more revolutions before the Americans arrived, and gave every would-be revolutionary an example of a revolution that succeeded. Europe is a pot coming to a boil, and Mike Stearns finds himself walking the fine line between keeping the pot boiling while keeping it from boiling over and destroying the USE in the process. The USE has the know-how of 20th century technology, but needs iron and steel to make the machines. The iron mines of the upper Palatinate were rendered inoperable by wartime damage, and American ingenuity is needed on the spot to pump them out and get the metal flowing again—a mission that will prove more complicated than anyone expects.
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The problem is one of too much information. The majority of his main works are alternate history science fiction, but he also writes humorous fantasy adventures. Essentially, the book is about different dynastic alliances and war results to OTL, with very little obvious impact from the up-timers. The problem is that the same effect could have been achieved in a much shorter book. Assiti Shards series by Eric Flint. The USE has the know-how of 20th century technology, frisis needs iron and steel to make the machines.
They were put, he said, into the middle of sentences. The result is a fun story that takes forever to get going, and then suddenly skips over large periods of time.
The recently widowed Duke Maximilian of Bavaria reluctantly assents to a dynastic marriage with his niece, Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, but her recent reading of an uptime encyclopedia and the American Constitution leads her to consider other, previously unimaginable options. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Oct 08, Leelan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This crisie the pace down considerably.
I hope the rest of the books in the series are not like this one, and more like the bavarlan one. Most of the books in this series are hard to get into, and that is both because of the massive cast of thousands over many different countries not all of which are familiarand because the books themselves are not written by the same authors.
Many of the characters have similar names and some are difficult to find in the appendix. I should mention one of the most important lessons from the book. A very ambitious plotline with a lot of interwoven stories, so I am glad I had a crisid copy of this book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. They seem to exist only to show something behind the scenes taking place. Bavatian little of the book bxvarian place in Grantville, nor even needed Grantville to make criais work.
Jun 11, Location: The Galileo Affair but mostly took place after But he nonetheless has the tendency to ignore what he knows intellectually and write a lot of nonsense which presents a group of random Americans from a small West Virginia town as Ubermenschen who would easily lord it over the down-timers, were they not ruled by the wise and omniscient Mike Stearns.
Also, most of the characters speak as if they are reciting encyclopedic articles. I lost count of the scenes that could profitably have been left out or skipped over in one line of dialogue. And if they bavarain the same titles to refer to the same people. The sheer mass of characters that are introduced in this book is staggering. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. She has had stories in the Ring of Fire anthology and Grantville Gazette 1and more stories in the online Grantville Gazettes.
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1634: The Bavarian Crisis
At the Passau Border, Bavaria Maria Anna stood passively, submitting to the protocol that required her to be undressed in public. Why flinch at this? After all, when they reached Munich, she would be married. Her wedding night would have witnesses who would take proofs of her virginity; she would give birth to her children with fifty or sixty people in the room, taking official notice of the event. Mama stood behind her, receiving the Austrian garments in her arms. That did not mean, of course, that the glorious dress she had been wearing to cross the border would go to waste.
1634: THE BAVARIAN CRISIS — snippet 60
Plot Summary Edit The novel begins by detailing the machinations the Habsburg heiress Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria to gather information, with the aid of her dowager aunt and her younger sister, behind the backs of her father Emperor Ferdinand II and his Jesuit watchdogs. Veronica Dreeson and Mary Simpson meanwhile plan a trip to tend to personal matters to the Upper Palatinate border region conquered by Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden and administered for him from Amberg by ally Duke Ernst of Saxe-Weimar , one of the four Wettin dukes that were supplanted by the formation of the New United States in and Events in the other novels The Galileo Affair , The Ram Rebellion, The Baltic War are integrated into the action and political events behind the scenes, and this book ties a host of little oddities into a coherent canvas capturing a snapshot of the state of Europe in early summer of Concurrent with their pet projects, Dreeson and Simpson are accompanied by a trade delegation with the strategic goal of restoring the iron production of the Upper Palatinate to feed the war needs of the USE.
Publication[ edit ] DeMarce, who wrote Flint congratulating him on his research and verisimilitude found in the novel soon joined with him as an expert collaborator and is one of the regular contributing writers to Tech Manual , the canonical Grantville Gazettes and a key member of the Research Committee with a PhD in history and an international expert specialized in European Genealogy. The Bavarian Crisis was delayed due to the delayed start and completion of the preceding major work in the set, The Baltic War. As it begins concurrently with the events revealed in that book and that of The Galileo Affair as well as The Ram Rebellion , the overall scope of plot detail historical canvas in the series might be readily intuited. Plot summary[ edit ] Early revelations detail machinations by the Habsburg heiress Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria — to gather information as aided and abetted by a dowager aunt and her younger sister behind the backs of her father Emperor Ferdinand II of the Holy Roman Empire and his Jesuit watchdogs. Events in the other novels The Galileo Affair, The Ram Rebellion, The Baltic War are integrated into the action and political events behind the scenes, and this book ties a host of little oddities into a coherent canvas capturing a snapshot of the state of Europe in early summer of