Ring of Fire

Ring of Fire , Eric Flint Editor

Once again, this was a re-read, as I move along on my plan to catch up with the authors of this series.

This first anthology was rather a mixed bag. Some of the stories I liked a lot, some I didn't. The best story in the book was the last one - Eric Flint's The Wallenstein Gambit. I guess that makes sense, since at this point, no one knew the characters and future plot better than he did. All together, the book does succeed in making want to know more about all these people.

1632 by Eric Flint (second edition)

I have read this book before. Actually, this was the third time I'd read it. Even so, I found it to be just plain fun to read. That's in spite of the fact that there is plenty of violence, which is sometimes a bit disturbing. The novel is set in Germany, during the Thirty Years War, after all. The premise of the book is that somehow, a small town in West Virginia is scooped out of it's place and time and deposited in the middle of Germany in the year 1631. Europe would never be the same!

Ring of Fire IV edited by Eric Flint

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Ring of Fire IV

Book Author: 

Eric Flint

It is sometimes hard to give an overall rating to a book that contains shorter works by several authors. This particular book was just plain fun from beginning to end. It is true that the novels do leave things out. They have to, in order to tell the story that is intended. Still, the novels have let us know that there is a whole world affected by the Ring of Fire, It is in these shorter works, and those in the Grantville Gazette where we find the rest of that world. All together, it makes the United States of Europe seem more and more like a real place, even though we can't visit there.

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