"1632" Discussion

  1. Has anyone finished reading this book?
    I have and ready to discuss if any one else is ready.
    Anyway even if no one is ready the thread is here.:spin:
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    Thank you!
    I read it, enjoyed it, and will be ready to discuss it after attending a meeting at the hospital.
  4. by   prmenrs
    OK, what did you think? When I re-read it, I really read the preface--and when I read the last 2 paragraphs of it, I definitely understood the basis ("how in the WORLD...?") of the story. Finally.

    I did get attached to the characters--I find myself looking for more of their part of teh story in sequels and fanfic stories.

    I also started looking up some of the "down-time" players: King Gustav, etc. I sure know more about the 30yr war other than it was somewhere in Europe and lasted 30 years!
  5. by   Katnip
    My book hasn't come yet. So I got involved in Flags of Our Fathers.

    Great book so far. Sad, though.
  6. by   jmgrn65
    Quote from prmenrs
    OK, what did you think? When I re-read it, I really read the preface--and when I read the last 2 paragraphs of it, I definitely understood the basis ("how in the WORLD...?") of the story. Finally.

    I did get attached to the characters--I find myself looking for more of their part of teh story in sequels and fanfic stories.

    I also started looking up some of the "down-time" players: King Gustav, etc. I sure know more about the 30yr war other than it was somewhere in Europe and lasted 30 years!

    I also got attached to the characters which was good or I would have never finished the book.
    I really don't care for the politics and war, that is not my kind of book.
    It was interesting to see the diversity and how they interacted and wanted a prejudice free world.
  7. by   prmenrs
    I think the thing that is difficult about this book is the "macho" thing. The author glorifies "good ole boys", the gun culture in general. It's amazing that, when they drop into Germany, so many of the families of Grantville are sooo very well armed.

    I've been to the baen's bar website where they have discussions about this book, and have generated an amazing amount of "fan fiction" related to this series of books. People write very technical articles about how they can take what they have, and recreate what they had back home. Radios, bullets, adapting cars and trucks to horse drawn vehicles useable on farms, etc. Someone eventually builds a plane. And a warship.

    Assorted historical people come to Grantville and start reading books in hte school library, discovering all sorts of things about themselves--which has consequences!

    I had to get past the blood and guts of the battle scenes--after all, the "good guys" win, but it really fires the imagination. Haven't you ever thought of what you would do if you could go back? What would you do different or better? Boy, I sure would do some things different!

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