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Book Title: How Few Remain|
The author of the book: Harry Turtledove
ISBN 13: 9780340715413
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 7.6
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Date of issue: July 16th 1998
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RE-READ REVIEW: I’m not sure what motivated me to read this one again. As you can see by my review below, I was bored to tears by it the first time around. I guess I just had a nagging feeling I didn’t approach it correctly or expected something different. Not hurting matters is the fact that I already bought the second book in the series and its concept (WW1 fought between the CSA and USA) is a great one. Well, it certainly was more of a fun read this time around.
It’s just not really about action or excitement but exploring the alternative history of the series in an almost academic way while spending time with real historical figures like a pre-Mark Twain Sam Clemens, Stonewall Jackson, Frederick Douglass, and best of all, Abraham Lincoln (obviously Booth had no reason to kill poor Honest Abe in this timeline because the south won the civil war. To kind of digress a bit, how much of a pussy move was assassinating Lincoln? It was like a boxer sucker punching his opponent after he’s lost the match and the other guy has his back turned.) It’s still not a fantastic read, but I’m glad I gave it another shot.
PS: I really didn’t need to read and imagine a scene of Custer blowing a load on some woman’s stomach, though. Honestly Turtledove, what the fuck.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: It really sucks when your relationship with a book devolves to the point of it sullenly dwelling in the loser's spot at the bottom of the stack on the nightstand, bookmark dwelling in the halfway point like a jilted lover unwilling to let go, just gathering dust...and I got pretty rapidly to that point with this one, which totally blows because I totally love the concept and already fuckin' bought the second book...honestly, how was I not supposed to. American WW1 fought between the Confederacy and US? I was basically obligated to. I still might read it, but this one was definitely a no-go for me. It committed the cardinal sin of a novel: it's boring. It stupefies me as to how a book centering around a bloody rematch between the States could be boring, but I swear by the Gods it is. It really is.
The characters are all historical figures, and while Turtledove has done his research and can cleverly throw in true traits of the character like Jackson and his lemons they just don't do entertaining stuff. Lincoln spends most of the book hanging out with Mormons...they get all rebel-y later on but it's not fun stuff. The war scenes were terminally dull, which is weird because all the shooting and explosions in Guns of the South were neat, vivid and gripping. It just wasn't good times for me. Also, Turtledove's Confederate hero worship is getting annoying. (view spoiler)[I was irritated that the Confederates won, which is probably a petty complaint but still. I'm aware that most academics believe the heart of the Civil War was about states' rights, but that doesn't mean I have to give a shit or sympathize. If those states are engaging in slavery they gotta go. Turtledove seems bent on insisting that the Confederates were good guys, but even he ended this by saying "Yeah they began manumission nationwide but only because the UK and France demanded it." If the Confederates don't get thrashed in the next book I'm done. Also, making Custer into a badass hero was unforgivable. (hide spoiler)]
Yeah, I'm not really sure how many different ways I can say "this book was boring". There's certainly good stuff in here--Turtledove is nothing if not imaginative and his attention to detail and obvious research of the actual era clearly come through. It's certainly not a bad book, just not one that connected with me. I can see a lot of people liking this, Turtledove fans or not. Obviously people are into it, as he continues this alternate timeline for like fifteen books...I'm gonna give the next one a try and see if this one was a fluke. I like Turtledove enough to do that, easily. He's kind of weird but I like him. He's creative and the man is a Doctor. A Doctor of what, you ask? Byzantine History. There is nothing cooler than that. Nothing.
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Read information about the authorDr Harry Norman Turtledove is an American novelist, who has produced a sizeable number of works in several genres including alternate history, historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction.
Harry Turtledove attended UCLA, where he received a Ph.D. in Byzantine history in 1977.
Turtledove has been dubbed "The Master of Alternate History". Within this genre he is known both for creating original scenarios: such as survival of the Byzantine Empire; an alien invasion in the middle of the World War II; and for giving a fresh and original treatment to themes previously dealt with by other authors, such as the victory of the South in the American Civil War; and of Nazi Germany in the Second World War.
His novels have been credited with bringing alternate history into the mainstream. His style of alternate history has a strong military theme.
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