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February 23rd, 2011


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08:06 am
One book failed to keep me interested, yesterday, and that was Rising Sun Victorious edited by Peter Tsouras. The individual authors postulate one or two minor changes in what happened in the history of the Pacific Theater in WWII, and then suggest the likely end results. I guess that these scenarios make me too uncomfortable to read on. In any case, no. That bodes poorly for my enjoyment of other books of the genre. I have to wonder why I like Turtledove's books so well, though. He does essentially the same thing.

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From:forestcats
Date:February 23rd, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
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Do either of them use intriguing characters that perhaps you care about? I've not gone into the genre of alternative history because my understanding of history is so poor that I wouldn't probably appreciate the changes in an alternate world.
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From:mycroftca
Date:February 23rd, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
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These books are essentially written by historians, and they make very few changes in what happened. There's no "characters"; the people they discuss were real, but they never really describe them sufficiently for you to care about them.
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From:jamiethered
Date:February 23rd, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
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I think it takes a special kind of author to work that genre well. Not only do they have to suggest changes that would make a significant difference, but they have to build an entertaining story around it and convince us that their interpolation is sound. That's a lot to do in a short story.
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From:mycroftca
Date:February 23rd, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
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I think you and forestcats make a very good point. I'm no longer interested in the mental exercise alone, I guess.

From:mythusmage
Date:February 24th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
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In all his alternate histories Turtledove focuses on the people involved. That is where his work succeeds, and fails. I'm currently making my way through his Hitler's War series, and waiting for number three to come out. The course of the war follows available technolog and available man power. The accidental alliance of Germany and Poland follows from the events in the first two books, and makes sense in context.

Note that Harry thinks the France and Britain were better prepared for war than Germany was, and that Hitler got lucky when Chamberlain folded as he did.
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From:mycroftca
Date:February 24th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
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Maybe in 1938. Less so in 1940.
From:mythusmage
Date:February 24th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
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Harry's point exactly. While all three powers prepared in the two years, Germany did the most work in getting her military ready. The Schwerepunkt through the Ardennes was also devised in that time.
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From:rince1wind
Date:February 24th, 2011 05:21 am (UTC)
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What were the changes they made in the Pacific war?
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From:mycroftca
Date:February 24th, 2011 08:12 am (UTC)
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The book was a series of articles about WWII in the Pacific. Each one postulated different things about one battle or aspect of the war. For example, what if the Enterprise had had only one day of bad weather instead of two before Pearl Harbor? What if Nagumo had sent three waves of aircraft instead of two against Pearl? What if the Japanese had suspected that the US was interpreting their radio traffic before the Battle of the Coral Sea? Etc.

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From:rince1wind
Date:February 24th, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
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It sounds pretty tedious, actually. Or for a very specialized audience.
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From:rince1wind
Date:February 24th, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I'm just curious: Was it self-published? If not, who is the publisher?
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From:mycroftca
Date:February 24th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
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No, I don't think it was self-published because I bought it at a Borders. You'll have to look it up, yourself, I'm afraid, as I'm not at home to go look at it.

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From:mycroftca
Date:February 24th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
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That's certainly what I thought of it.
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