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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: 10.7 x 2.4 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: #399,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harry Turtledove pays tribute to pulp science fiction, combining a favorite plot--invasion by technologically superior aliens--with an alternate history of WWII and its aftermath. His Worldwar Series began the story when a fleet of lizard-like aliens arrived to conquer Earth in May 1942. It ended in 1945 with a negotiated peace between the Race, the nuclear powers (the Reich, the USSR, and the USA), and the much-weakened Britain and Japan.

Colonization: Second Contact continues the saga, but you need not read the previous series to enjoy it. When the colonists arrive in 1962, they're unprepared for a half-conquered world. After several of their ships are destroyed by a nuclear missile of mysterious origin, they accuse the conquest forces of incompetence. Muslims in the conquered Middle East are staging an Intifada, the Chinese Communists continue guerrilla warfare against the invaders, and everyone's smuggling ginger, which is powerfully addictive among the Race and has unanticipated effects on the female colonists.

Turtledove's cast of characters includes sharply drawn alien soldiers and civilians as well as a mix of convincing historical and fictional humans from all over the world. He covers all the sixties issues: generational conflict, the drug culture, racial inequality, the threat of atomic apocalypse, and the frustration of soldiers in an unwinnable war. If you enjoy alternate history and old B movies, this book's for you. --Nona Vero --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In high fashion, the master of alternative SF launches a sequel series to his acclaimed Worldwar tetralogy (Striking the Balance, etc.). It is 1963, and Earth is divided among five independent powers (the U.S., the Soviet Union, the Third Reich, Britain, Japan) and the invading alien Lizards. Human adaptations of Lizard technology (including space flight) and the Lizard leaders' painful experience of fighting humans have led to an armed truce among all the parties. Now, however, the Lizard colony fleet, with 40 million sleep-frozen colonists, arrives to settle what they expect to be a completely subdued world. That the Tosevites (humans) are still holding out is only the first of several surprises to greet them. The nastiest is probably that ginger, merely addictive to Lizard males, brings Lizard females violently into heat?arousing an irresistible mating urge in the males. The Third Reich, meanwhile, under the leadership of Himmler, continues its odious ways; Jews maintain an uneasy peace with the Lizards, who saved them from the Holocaust; the Soviet Union (under Molotov) survives; and the U.S. is building a huge space station. Characters who have become old friends to readers of the earlier tetralogy abound, and new ones both human and Lizard appear by the double handful. Turtledove handles sexual themes with good taste and appropriate humor. With his fertile imagination running on overdrive, he develops an exciting, often surprising, story that will not only delight his fans but will probably send newcomers back to the Worldwar saga to fill in the backstory.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Same story line and characters as previous books. Turtledove does an excellent job of "refreshing" our memories so this can be a stand alone book.
The Lizards, who invaded during an alternative WWII, have control of the Middle East, Poland, China and Austrlia. There is an uneasy peace as the US, USSR, 3rd Reich all have the Atomic Bomb. USSR is supplying Mao with the means of rebelling. Arabs are waging a Jihad. The 3 super powers are jockying for Power amoungst themselves as well as the Lizards. It is not a world versus Lizard united front. (Probably very realistic in that sense). The US has a secret Space Project. Lizards are being corrupted by Human ways. Human youth is imitating the Lizards by running around naked with body paint.
Into this powderkeg are some great characters and character development. There are not too many characters that one will not be overwhelmed but enough to put this "history" into a personal perspective.
Turtledove can really pull off a situation like this and I am always awaiting his next book.
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