• Title: Opening Atlantis
  • Author: Harry Turtledove
  • ISBN: 9780451461742
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Opening Atlantis New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove has intrigued readers with such thought provoking what if scenarios as a conquered Elizabethan England in Ruled Britannia and a Japanese occupation o
    New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove has intrigued readers with such thought provoking what if scenarios as a conquered Elizabethan England in Ruled Britannia and a Japanese occupation of Hawaii in Days of Infamy and End of the Beginning Now, in the first of a brand new trilogy, he rewrites the history of the world with the existence of an eighth New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove has intrigued readers with such thought provoking what if scenarios as a conquered Elizabethan England in Ruled Britannia and a Japanese occupation of Hawaii in Days of Infamy and End of the Beginning Now, in the first of a brand new trilogy, he rewrites the history of the world with the existence of an eighth continent Atlantis lies between Europe and the East Coast of Terranova For many years, this land of opportunity lured dreamers from around the globe with its natural resources, offering a new beginning for those willing to brave the wonders of the unexplored land.

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    1. em-and-emm/2011/1Harry Turtledove is most famous for his alternate history novels. In this book, the first of a trilogy, Turtledove explores the idea of an extra continent (or large island) in the Atlantic Ocean. Although this island is named Atlantis by its discoverers, it's not actually the lost Atlantis of legend. As you can see from the cover art above, Atlantis is basically the eastern United States, broken off from North America and now situated in the middle of the Atlantic. Opening Atlan [...]

    2. I was surprised by this book. I hadn't heard anything about it and when I saw Turtledove, I expected something along the lines of his other books.That's not what I got.Some of the dialogue is awkward and the pace is uneven -- this isn't what I expected. Some of his phrasing is trite and has a contemporary feel, but it's peppered with the odd nautical or idiomatic expression that doesn't blend well with the rest. It seems forced, as if he's saying, "They'll find this little gem interesting, so I' [...]

    3. I started to read this book, but alas, I will not finish it. I cannot seem to get into the story, and even then, the story itself seems to be very boring. I do not want to waste my time on it as I have other more awesome books to read.

    4. Turtledove never fails in creating new and interesting alternate history worlds. He has a keen grasp of economics and warfare, and can paint a pretty good picture of how things might have gone.He lacks, however, the human touch. None of his characters ever really feel 3-D. They are simply props used to illustrate the course of his alternate history.In this book, for example, we are given three novellas set in the mid-15th, late 16th and mid-18th centuries in a world where the eastern seaboard of [...]

    5. Okay, a little over a month later I tried to come back to this book and pick up where I left off deep into section 3. No dice, tired of it after finishing the final 3 pages of Chapter 23. Pulled the bookmarker out and chunked it into the resell bag. A fist ever for any Harry Turtledove speculative fiction.Far to grand in it ambitions? I don't know but this book really started to suffer from a disconnect after the first generational skip and the second did not improve at all. In section three har [...]

    6. I usually like alternate-history books, but this one disappoints. It's actually fantasy to me. Plus I usually like this author, but didn't like the style this time around. It wasn't clear to me what the change(s) were to history except for the existence of Atlantis - which you know about from the title - maybe I just don't know enough detailed history, but that was frustrating. Some of the characterizations were very well-done, and some of the plot suspenseful, but unfortunately that portion was [...]

    7. Don't think I will continue with the series. I had high hopes for the premise (What if Atlantis existed?) but rather than a traditional Atlantis with a lost civilization type story, it is simply an island that has not seen any human settlements in its long history.The history story itself was somewhat interesting but moved slowly in places. The division of the book into three sections separated by generations was reminiscent of Steven Saylor's Roma, but did not seem to work as well. It was hard [...]

    8. I have to admit I was glad to be over with this book. The first part was really interesting when they were settling Atlantis . I enjoyed how the main character was always working towards preventing war. The second part was ok but not into pirates. The third part about war was just not as interesting. I think if I was a guy and into war stories and fictional history I would be really into this book. However, I was expecting something else with the title of Opening Atlantis. Something more science [...]

    9. Well, my family brought this to me to read in Russia, and they based their decision to bring this on "What Jo will like reading, but not be too committed to to bring home." Exactly. It's an alternate history of the New World, but doesn't seem to differ enough from the actual history of North America to make it innovative or even that interesting. It jumps around, chronicling the descendants of the "first settlers" in the mid-1400's until the eighteenth century, but the style is such that I neith [...]

    10. I was really hoping/expecting more sci-fi (or fantasy), and instead it's just an alternate look at what might happen if there was a landmass between the New World and Europe. It starts with the founding of a colony there and follows with a couple of stories involving people descended from the founder. It's well written, but it's not something I would have read if not picked out for a book club.

    11. I wish this book was better, because the premise was very interesting: an alternate history starting in the 15th century, as if there were actually a continent in the Atlantic between North America and Europe. The book is interestingbut in my opinion just not very well-written. Yeah, having finished it that pretty much sums up my opinon of this one.

    12. Difficult to relate to the characters. Storyline is there, but too hastily assembled. Hard to plow forward when my emotions are left roadside. I think this author had a couple hits, then phoned this one in.

    13. Opening Atlantis is an intriguing book that pretty much takes a reimagining of the settlement of the Americas and throws it on this island. All for a third of a boatload of cod. Either way, this book covers a whole lot of ground, picking up three specific time periods primarily following the Radcliffe family as they first sail over from England, then defend their new home. I do like that we do get some of those historic themes like slavery and nationalistic loyalty, but some of the individual ch [...]

    14. Turtledove writes to the tightest formula, 20 page chapters, breaks every 6-7 pages. His style is drumbeat tight, no variation, no experiments. It’s almost ordinary.I like the first Atlantis installment, highly recommended for anyone who likes alternative history. The appeal in this, like any Turtledove book, is the imagined wrinkles in history. Plenty of historical fact meets historical fiction. It’s a bit light, but sufficient.I do like that this book took on a single family history, for t [...]

    15. I picked up this book because of the title. It's not at all related to the stories of the lost continent. That's not necessarily a negative, but wasn't at all what I was expecting. What started as a story of exploration and newness became an expository story of the struggles of war. A few choice lines and clever criticism were sprinkled throughout, but by the time war was declared the entire story became a lot less interesting in my view. I borrowed the second book from the library at the same t [...]

    16. An intriguing alternate fiction story featuring the word if there was another continent in the Atlantic. The story went in some interesting directions I was not expecting. Will definitely check out the other two volumes.

    17. Lots of great characters and a wonderful story - the usual Turtledove story. Out of the 3 sections in this book, the 2nd part just felt less than complete, maybe even a bit longer than it should have been.Would I read it again though? Heck, yeah. Just for the fun!

    18. Wasn't what I thought it would be. Did like how you just got to know characters and then it just ahead in time.

    19. I'm still trying to decide if I like this book. There was only one character, Victor, who I thought was well developed. I also thought there was too much disconnect between the times the story took place.

    20. Opening Atlantis by Harry Turtledove In this alternative history, Atlantis is a sizable land mass that sits in the Atlantic ocean between England and Terra Nova. Multiple generations of the Radcliffe family are followed in this book, starting in the 1400s during the War of the Roses. In Part 1, Edward Radcliffe and his family are the first Englishman to settle in Atlantis. Part 2 is set a few generations later. The family has split and William Radcliff wants nothing to do with his pirate cousin [...]

    21. Alternate history of the discovery of the New World and it's settlement. In the mid-1400's, cod-fisherman discover new lands to the west in the Atlantic. The land is not nearly as far west as America is in our world and the fishermen's discovery pre-empt Columbus (thus creating a larger presence of English, Breton French, and Basque colonists). The new land is dubbed Atlantis, distinguishing it from Terra Nova that more closely fits our North America. The land is devoid of all mammals (including [...]

    22. Harry Turtledove's writing isn't going to awe anybody. He is not a great writer. That said, he is very imaginative, which makes up (at least in part) for his lack of writing skill. "Opening Atlantis" is, unsurprisingly, about Atlantis. This is a land, long thought to be the stuff of legend, that is discovered sometime in the Middle Ages, during the time of the Wars of the Roses. The continent lies in between the British Isles and North America. Turtledove skips around in time. We go from the tim [...]

    23. This is really three stories in one. Like Michener's epics, the book tells the story of the formation of an island's society by telling a series of stories about people discovering and living on the island. All the stories feature a main character from the Radcliffe (or Radcliff in some cases) family descended from the original main character.The first story worked well for me. It is about a 15th century English fisherman who learns of a new land to the west from a Breton fisherman, and settles [...]

    24. This is an interesting book. I think it re-affirms my opinions on Turtledove, which is that he is a very intelligent theoretical historian (or what ever the term would be for someone who intelligently imagines historical "what if"s) and a passable writer.In this book we experience a geographically altered earth. It seems that what we know as the eastern coast of the United States, has broken away (long ago) due to continental drift or tectonic plates or perhaps alien art forms. The end result is [...]

    25. While this book was well written, it was nothing like I expected it to be. I was misled by the word Atlantis. Sure the Lost Continent was found, but not like what I was thinking. Guess that's alternate history for you. I also didn't care much for the book being basically three smaller stories over a 300 year period. It may have followed the same family, but just as you were getting into the characters it would jump several generations later. I have the next two books in the series, but I have a [...]

    26. Turtledove turns out another engaging twist on alternate history. This time, he describes a world where a continent exists in the Atlantic Ocean, between Europe and North America, and naturally is named Atlantis. Opening Atlantis has three distinct stories, all focusing on the Radcliffe family.In the first section, Edward Radcliffe and his crew are shown the newly discovered land by a fellow fisherman, and quickly becomes the first group of settlers in the mid-15th century. This story tells of t [...]

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