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  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reissue edition (Feb. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345430220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345430229
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 10.6 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #317,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoy explorations of alien races' cultures, so these books have been highly enjoyable in that respect.
However, one thing has marred my appreciation of the "Colonization" series: either Harry Turtledove thinks his readers have the short-term memory of an avocado, or he places a higher priority on wordcount than on good writing. How many times must we be told that Mordechai Anilewicz has pains in his leg muscles because he breathed Nazi poison gas twenty years ago? Every time he appears in the story, apparently. How frequently must we be reminded that Earth years are twice the length of the Race's years? Why, every time a member of the Race mentions years, or whenever a human mentions years to a member of the Race. How often must it be recounted that the Race prefers temperatures higher than those which humans find comfortable? Any time someone enters or exits a building inhabited by the Race! How many times must we be told that Sam Yeager's wife would disapprove of common-usage English? Every time her husband or son speaks or thinks in the vernacular, of course! If you come away from this book (and its sequels) without knowing the effect ginger has on females of the Race, then you clearly read only the first and last pages, because (as with many more things) it's described at great length more times than you'll be able to count.
Characters explain the same things over and over again, sometimes even to the same people. When nobody else is around, they'll sometimes think the explanations to themselves! Further padding out the wordcount is the all-too-common SF cliche that intelligent aliens seem unable to grasp the concept of contractions when speaking English.
I loved the tale, but the telling of it could have been vastly improved by an editor who'd had the fortitude to tell Harry Turtledove to trim the fat.
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This is a continuation of the first series of books involving alien contact in the middle of WWII called Worldwar. I like this continuation better, actually. It deals with more complex issues, and it actually HAS a little of that alternate history Turtledove fans brag so much about. Too often, in Turtledove's books, the Worldwar series being an excellent example, there is very little alternate history in the sense that we have no feel for the forces that shape history, for the decisions that different people had to make, and so one. In "Worldwar" we find that FDR, Hitler, et al have to join together, but there is little effort or detail regarding those problems. It's mostly a shoot-em-up war book with lotsa combat. Fair enough--but lets not oooh and aaah over the barely existent "alternate history." This book does a bit better, and is more pointed than the first series. It also deals with more complex issues, for example whether someone is a traitor or hero. (...) This series is again an improvement. IN WORLDWAR it sometimes seemed as if each character would be reintroduced with every last motivation they held every last time. We could never meet Atvar for instance without being told how he regretted that Earth was an industrial power and not the primitive society he thought his probes showed. So maybe Turtledove got an editor in this series? If so it helps--although the problem is not entirely cured.
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I swore never to subject myself to another Turtledove alternate history but I was a bad boy and didn't keep my word. His novels have always appeared incredibly preposterous for one reason: Despite stupendous changes and dramatic events on the alternate world, the same old people emerge from the rubble - Kennedy, FDR, Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Ho Chi Minh, MLK, etc.... Different circumstances demand different leadership in all worlds except Harry's.
The writing is just...awful. What can one say? Repititious, long-winded, dull, predicatable, everyone's character is on the extreme. Hitler is a madman 24 hours/day, FDR is constantly thoughtful and "leading", Stalin is ruthless, secretive and cunning, etc... And what can one say about the RACE - an alien species with the ability to cross interstellar space but unable to defeat a backward Earth? They must be the dumbest aliens in existence. And if I hear one more time about how humans seem to catch on "quickly" I will scream.
Turtledove is stuck in a groove - one that needs uprooting. The problem is not alternate historical fiction - it is the fact that he has run out of ideas and is into repeat mode. As one reader says, "Nothing Happened." Don't waste your time with this dreadful "novel".
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Fans of the World War series will not be let down. Many of your favorite characters are back, some changed by the years, some not.
My only negative criticism is that unlike the books of the World War series, there is no definite ending. Going from the last chapter of the first book into the second, and from the second to the third is much like just going on to the next chapter in the same book. So plan on having a copy of the next one handy when you are finishing up. Bad luck for us that have finished the 3rd book and are waiting for the next chapter.
The 3rd book can leave you feeling a little unsatisfied, but, as always, the characterizations are great and the story is very believable.
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