I have just read 1632 and 1633 by Eric Flint. 1632 was an interesting story set in an alternative universe where a small American modern town ended up in Germany in 1632. I think the idea for this book was great, and that the story was very good. I especially like Gustavus Adolphus, and that he wasn’t killed in Lützen. (No more spoilers here…)
1633 was the next book in the series. David Weber helped Eric Flint with this book. Personally I guess that was the wrong person to pick for such a project. The main character became something of a super hero. Just like in his Harrington books. 🙁 My friend Jonas, who read these books just before me had warned me about this. The book was still quite good, but not as good as 1632.
I’ll probably read some other book in the series since the setting was nice. There is also a RPG about this setting. From what I read about it, I guess that it would be better to use GURPS (or other generic rules) for this setting instead. GURPS Alternate Earths or Infinite Worlds would be helpful. Then You can use maps and ideas from the 1632 Fan Site.
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Flag in Exile is the third book by David Weber about Honor Harrington that I have read.
After reading two previous books, everything becomes quite predictable. Honor is still an expert in everything, and a tactical genius, and her ‘cat bleeks and Honor talks with a cool soprano voice and everybody else frowns.
I liked the first book about Honor Harrington that I read; On Basilisk Station.
The second book; Field of Dishonor was interesting, but more soap-opera, than space opera. This third book, became predictable and boring.
In Traveller terms Manticore is a gov-C world. It always make me think of the Sex-Pistols song “God save the Queen“. Grayson is a gov-D world. I would say that the type-B government of Haven seems a lot nicer than the planets that Honor fights for…
But Honor always wins, and she is so smart and she has always the right skills, because she has grown up at a Hi-G world. She is so good at everything that she wins duels over sportsmen when the sportsmen can use a weapon of their choice. (Just as likely as I would beat Tiger Woods in golf.)
The reason that I started reading these books was because there was so much talk about Honor Harrington at the TML. I wanted to know what this was, and if I had missed something. Now I know. I will not read any more Honor Harrington books! 🙁