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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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Date:February 23rd, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
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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Date:February 23rd, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
I think you and forestcats make a very good point. I'm no longer interested in the mental exercise alone, I guess.

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