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Bronze Summer (Northland Trilogy) [Mass Market Paperback]

Stephen Baxter
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Oct 2013 Northland Trilogy

Centuries have passed. The wall that Ana's people built has long outlasted her and history has been changed. The British Isles are still one with the European mainland and Doggerland has become a vibrant and rich land.

So rich that it has drawn the attention of the Greeks. An invasion is mounted and soon Greek Biremes are grinding ashore on a coastline we never knew and the world will be changed for ever.

Stephen Baxter's new series catapults forward from pre-history into the ancient world and charts a new and wonderful story for our world. This is a superb example of Baxter's belief that anything is possible for mankind - even making a new world.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; Reprint edition (Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451414861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451414861
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,197,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Baxter is the pre-eminent SF writer of his generation. Published around the world he has also won major awards in the UK, US, Germany, and Japan. Born in 1957 he has degrees from Cambridge and Southampton. He lives in Northumberland with his wife.

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An epic wall has been built to keep the sea out. And the history of the world has been changed. A superb alternate history from an SF master. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Stephen Baxter is the pre-eminent SF writer of his generation. Published around the world he has also won major awards in the UK, US, Germany and Japan. Born in 1957 he has degrees from Cambridge and Southampton. He lives in Northumberland with his wife. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Alternate History with a huge twist 30 Sep 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Having read the first novel in the series I was looking forward to returning to Northland in this title for quite some time as I pondered what the changes to Neolithic Britain would mean in the sense of having a land bridge to the rest of Europe. What Stephen does with this title is fast forward in time in much the same way he did in his Time Tapestry series picking times that he felt would mean major changes, in this case fast forwarding to a time when the Greeks would look at invading this rich and fertile land.

As with his other books it is thought provoking, the characters within fascinating and I think that its easy to forget what a subtle change to one part of history would have meant to the world as a whole. Add to this Stephen's own unique writing style, cracking prose and a piece that demonstrates the futility of war which creates a story that will stay with you long after the final page is turned. The third part is definitely going to interesting and I suspect that the second world war will never be the same.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining 12 Sep 2013
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I have enjoyed reading all three of this trilogy. As usual, I find Stephen Baxter a most entertaining author. For me, it was definitely a page turner.
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2.0 out of 5 stars More of the same 1 Dec 2012
Bronze Summer continues the alternate history begun in Stone Spring, where the British Isles remains joined to continental Europe, and what in our history became the North Sea became instead home to a prosperous Mesolithic community. Bronze Summer fast-forwards 8000 years to the Bronze Age, where Northland has become a cultural and economic power on a par with Mycenae, Troy and the city states of Mesopotamia.

Bronze Summer shares many of Stone Spring's flaws, but few of its qualities. On the positive side, Baxter does write good prose, and keeps the story moving along at a brisk pace. He writes interesting characters - the "goodies" have fatal flaws, and the "baddies" have plausible reasons for doing what they do. But the main dynamic of the story is almost identical to Stone Spring, just with a bronze age setting rather than a stone age one, and a different world-altering natural catastrophe.

But the biggest turn off for me - so much so that I just gave up reading about four-fifths of the way through - was the relentless depiction of sexual violence and cruelty that permeates the story. Scarcely a chapter goes by without men, women or children being raped, mutilated or otherwise violated and abused. The depictions are clinical rather than voyeuristic, but they add little to the story, and just make it harder to pick the book up again once you've put it down. For contrast, about the same time, I was reading the second book of S.M. Stirling's "Island in the Sea of Time" series. This also deals with the everyday horrors of Bronze Age life, but at least in a way that helps his narrative rather than hinders it.

So on balance I will probably give the third book in the Northland series a miss.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bronze summer 19 Oct 2013
By Clare O'Beara TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I was very interested by a prehistory in which Doggerland had been preserved for habitation. I had not seen Stone Spring but the concept was immediately attractive so I gave Bronze Summer a try.

By now the North Sea has been kept at bay by a massive wall - sounding too large for such an ancient world - but for no reason that is explained the people of this land are still hunter gatherers and fishers while the communities on either side, Britain and France / Spain, are farming. They have brought potatoes and corn from the New World - the potatoes particularly puzzled me as I did not think they had been developed to large enough tubers to sustain such a large community. There is no mention of oats which, when it arrived, enabled the early British people to keep horses over winter and to plant hardy grain in Scotland. And the potatoes and grain are traded to Europe and Asia as 'mash' not viable seeds... how did they stop mash from rotting? Was it partly fermented? This is not described and we don't see the cask makers or potters who would have been needed for this work, or the trains of animals to carry the casks... and what roads? I also found it hard to believe that a second sea wall would not have been needed on the south of this Northland.

Anyway the society has had to stratify, clans skilled at stonework, canal work and boats have arisen and writing has been developed, on the supposition that a society like the Egyptians or Mayans would be need to sustain such a massive build. Bronze is the usual weaponry and armour but light hardened iron arrows are being made by the Hittites - called Hatti - and the Northland leaders decide to find some way of working easily available iron, which means stealing secrets.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Strike 2 26 Mar 2013
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As I said in my previous review of "Spring", I gave the 2nd in the series a try but I'm afraid the first impression holds true: A fair start with promise of further quick pace, but soon it bogs down into excessive minutia of character over development and microcosmic battles.
This series seems to want to leave nothing to the readers imaginations, and they tend to engender boredom.
It's definitely not a "page-turner" or the usual sweeping panorama of time, space and images we know & love from Baxter. I won't be attempting another slog through "Winter" . I just hope that Stephen can return to his vibrant form.
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