August 06, 2003

1632, by Eric Flint

I first read this last year, and thoroughly enjoyed it. My previous review explains the book tolerably well, so I won't go into all that here. The short version is this: for a thoroughly and comprehensively and artistically absurd reason, the town of Grantville and its environs are transported from modern day West Virginia to the Germany of 1632. The 30 Years War, a truly nasty conflict, has been on-going for about fifteen years; mercenary troops loot, pillage, and rape freely. The citizens of Grantville conclude almost unanimously that This Has Got To Stop, and proceed to open the biggest can of whup-ass that Thuringia has ever seen.

The whole thing is unlikely, of course; still, it's a delight to read a book that celebrates American values and recognizes that there are ideals worth laying down our lives for.

Posted by Will Duquette at August 6, 2003 06:21 PM