• Title: Departures
  • Author: Harry Turtledove
  • ISBN: 9780345380111
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
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    Departures What if history had taken a different path made a detour and deviated just a little bit from the road it chose Here Harry Turtledove explores such what ifs in twenty alternate history stories rangi
    What if history had taken a different path, made a detour, and deviated just a little bit from the road it chose Here, Harry Turtledove explores such what ifs in twenty alternate history stories ranging from ancient times to the far, far different future.Persia has conquered Greece Athens is in ruins Yet even under Persia s rule, the power of the people can never be cWhat if history had taken a different path, made a detour, and deviated just a little bit from the road it chose Here, Harry Turtledove explores such what ifs in twenty alternate history stories ranging from ancient times to the far, far different future.Persia has conquered Greece Athens is in ruins Yet even under Persia s rule, the power of the people can never be completely broken.A werewolf boy tears through Cologne s medieval stretts in search of sanctuary from the angry mob But who will shelter a creature so hated and feared A student from the far off future sets off on a field trip to study Genghis Khan and finds him in the twentieth century And many He s one of the finest explorers of alternate histories ever Locus

    One Reply to “Departures”

    1. I want to like Harry Turtledove more than I do. His ideas are fascinating, but I find most of his novels either dense, profane/vulgar, or protracted. His shorter works, such as Crosstime Traffic and his short stories are another matter altogether. This is a strong collection of short stories. Most are alternate history, and a few are space opera. Some of the latter remind me of stories by Murray Leinster. This is one of the better anthologies I've read in recent years.

    2. All around great stories. He doesnt just explore alternate historical or political tracks, but different ways societies might have evolved, or might evolve. In other words, he captures what it would feel like to live in that society, doesn't just redraw borders in an interesting way. In my opinion, that is a prerequisite for being a great alternate history writer and Turtledove nails it.

    3. I love alternative history and Turtledove is one of the undisputed masters of the genre. Turtledove covers a lot of ground in his short story books. From space, early Greece, to Nazis, he explores them all. I love the versatility and characters. If you like his series books, you have to read his short stories.

    4. A good friend recommended Harry Turtledove's books. I chose this one because it is a short story collection and might give me a better idea of his talents. The stories in this collection are set in a variety of time periods. Some made me think. Some made me giggle. All were well written. I'm adding more of his books to my to-be-read list. Can't wait to get started.

    5. Overall, somewhat uneven. About 1/3 of the stories interested me, most of them weren't in areas of history I was interested in. The story about the time travelers who are looking for rare plays was good, as was the one about 'Genghis Khan'.

    6. A few short stories were good, but I found some to be quite dull. Maybe I'd have enjoyed them more if I was a historian.

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