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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (1 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439134227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439134221
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,040,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Flint is the author/creator of the New York Times" best-selling Ring of Fire series. His impressive first novel, "Mother of Demons" (Baen), was selected by "SF Chronicle" as one of the best novels of 1997. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the Belisarius series, and with David Weber collaborated on two novels in the Ring of Fire series, "1633" and 1634: The Baltic War" (a NY Times "best seller), as well as "Crown of Slaves," a best of the year pick by "Publishers Weekly," and Torch of Freedom" (another New York Times" best seller). Flint received his masters degree in history from UCLA and was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in East Chicago, IL, with his wife and is working on more books in the best-selling Ring of Fire series.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fredrik Johnson on 12 Sept. 2009
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As one who has read all of mr Flints 1632 novels/stories I must say that this collection has a good mix of adventure and hard sf. The collection of stories seems tighter and not so narrow "American" as some of these collections has been. There was only one story that left me completly cold and that was V DeMarce . Why that story was allowed to be included i cant understand. However that only about 10 pages out of some 450. The rest of the book is a fine read. But i want to read more about the Admiral and what is going on in the UK. I realy hope mr Flint gets down to writing more of those. To en this review i can recommend this book its a good read.
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By john f emery on 11 Jan. 2013
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Another winner for Eric Flint and his variety pack of contributors. This edition maintains the essence of the "Ring of Fire" series whilst adding some new twists. Well done guys.........
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By andrew ward on 15 Feb. 2015
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
As Usual...A "Mixed Bag." 22 Oct. 2009
By Rodger Raubach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
These Grantville Gazette volumes are a real paradox for a reviewer. Since several different authors are involved, it is really difficult to separate the "wheat from the chaff." In general and without belaboring the good, the bad, and the downright ugly on a blow-by-blow basis, I always enjoy these volumes, since they manage to keep the 163x fan in me satisfied 'till the next major work hits the printers.

As both a chess player and amateur astronomer, I enjoyed the tales thus related. I didn't care much for the "electric buddha" business, since it really didn't add much to the ongoing Grantville saga.

I particularly view author David Carrico as an emerging talent.

2 "thumbs up" and 4 stars.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Gazette begines to catch up. 30 Nov. 2009
By Rick Boatright - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
With volume V, the paper editions of the Grantville Gazette begin the painful process of catching up with the series. By switching to a "best of" annual volume instead of duplicating each electronic edition, the editors can select the most deserving stories from the semi-monthly electronic edition of the Gazette.

It was past-time to do this, since Gazette IV came out in an electronic edition some five years ago now. The every-other-month publication of the electronic edition resulted in the electronic Gazettes being up to volume 26.

The advantage to readers is, the editors get to choose the BEST stories from the issues in question. This volume includes what may be my favorite Gazette story of all time, "The Dali Lama and the Electric Buddha".

I freely admit my pleasure that Gazette V contains "Can'st Thou Send Lightnings?" My first fiction piece in the Gazette.

Anyone who has read any of the 1632 stories, even if only the first volume will enjoy this one.

It's a goody.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Continuing the Story 5 Aug. 2009
By Arthur W. Jordin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Grantville Gazette V (2009) is the fifth alternate history anthology in this series, following Grantville Gazette IV. It is set in the alternate universe of the 1632 series and consists of twenty-six short stories, a Editor's Preface, and An Afterword on Doctor Johnson.

Editor's Preface by Eric Flint tells several things about this edition within the series, including a new approach with selections of the best from the Grantville Gazette electronic editions 5-11. It explains the tradition of a new story based on the cover illustration. It also mentions the Order of Doctor Johnson and the Afterword.

Steady Girl by Eric Flint is a tale about Denise Beasley and Eddie Junker. With the demise of Jim Baen, Tom Kidd -- the regular artist for the series -- offered the current cover and dared Flint to write the story.

Schwarza Falls by Douglas W. Jones covers the death and damage that resulted from the Ring of Fire. It is told from point of view of both the Americans and Germans.

Recyling by Philip Schillawsky and Jon Rigby concerns a bag lady who makes good. One wonders if the story was written to set up the final pun.

A Question of Faith by Anette Pederson shows Father Johannes Grunwald an alternative to the Inquisition.

Got My Buck by Barry Swift relates a tale of a mercenary who was facing a battle with Grantville uptimers.

The Dalai Lama's Electric Buddha by Victor Klimov describes the presentation of a battery operated nightlight to Dalai Lama V.

Canst Thou Send Lightnings? by Rick Boatwright exposes the mission of a Jesuit priest to Grantville.

Grantville's Greatest Philosopher? by Terry Howard depicts James Richard Shaver in a new light.

Painter's Gambit by Iver P. Cooper portrays the worth of a good woman.

The Minstrel Boy by John Zeek addresses the needs of an orphan boy who has found a home.

A Taste of Home by Chris Racciato introduces an old delight into the life of Grantville.

N.C.I.S.: Young Love Lost by Jose J. Clavell confronts the new NCIS agency with a case of murder.

The Prepared Mind by Kim Mackey discloses the way that foresighted thinking in Grantville saved the lives of people in Cologne.

Capacity for Harm by Richard Evans displays the damage that con artists can do to themselves and others.

Little Angel by Kerryn Offord divulges how a needless death can motivate good people.

None So Blind by David Carrico examines the mindset of a petty crook.

On the Matter of D'Artagnan by Bradley H. Sinor concerns Richelieu, Dumas and the Three Musketeers.

A Filthy Story by Aamund Breivik involves sewage, sleeping bags, and the black market.

Treasure Hunters by Karen Bergstralh recounts a tale of thieves searching for hidden gold.

Bathing with Coal by Russ Ritters presents a husband of a bathhouse operator with the problem of the rising cost of firewood.

Lessons in Astronomy by Peter Hobson introduces a Catholic priest to a new tutor on astronomy and telescopes.

Wish Book by Geog Huff and Paula Goodlett illustrates the romantic potential of a general merchandise catalog.

O For a Muse of Fire by Jay Robinson reveals the trials and triumphs of a script writer.

Pilgrimage of Grace by Virginia DeMarce conveys the consequences to his family of the death of Johnny Lee Horton in Saal.

Twenty-eight Men by Mark Huston provides an event by event description of a coal mine accident and the aftermath.

An Afterword on Doctor Johnson by Eric Flint exposes the economics of writing stories and books. He says that most authors can't afford to quit their day jobs. OTOH, Doctor Samuel Johnson produced a number of quips and soundbytes, none of which brought in any income. Naturally, they did increase his reputation, so maybe they were just good public relations.

Some of these tales are about disaster of one sort or another. In some stories, they present a rather gloomy portrayal of humankind. Yet most seem to be optimistic and uplifting stories. The singular exceptions are Capacity for Harm and Treasure Hunters, which are cautionary tales.

Highly recommended for 1632 fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of alternate history, human ingenuity, and a bit of romance.

-Arthur W. Jordin
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Don't Miss This! 15 Jan. 2012
By watzizname - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first `best of' volume of GG, containing a selection of stories from electronic issues GG5 thru GG12. Like any anthology of shorter fiction, it is a mixed bag, but in this case, with gems. Of the 25 stories, ten rate (IMnsHO) five stars, and only three rate less than four. The weighted average [sum of (pages x stars) / total pages] is 4.657, which rounds to five.

The stories, in order of appearance:

* Steady Girl, by Eric Flint, *****, 40 pages. On Denise Beasley's recommendation, Don Francisco Nasi hires Eddie away from Noelle, which angers Noelle, but he manages to pacify her.
* Schwarza Falls, by Douglas W. Jones, ****, 32 pages. Chronologically, the earliest of the sequels; roughly contemporary with chapter 5 of 1632.
* Recycling, by Philip Schillawski & John Rigby, ****, 17 pages. Lee Ann turns out to be smarter than she looks.
* A Question of Faith, by Anette Pederson, ****½, 32 pages. Father Johannes gets an offer that might be more than it seems.
* Got my Buck, by Barry C. Swift, *** ½, 7 pages. Wili recounts what he's heard about Grantville.
* The Dalai Lama's Electric Buddha, by Victor Klimov, *** ½, 5 pages. The (historical) `Great Fifth' Dalai Lama receives a strange gift.
* Canst Thou Send Lightnings?, by Rick Boatright, *****, 29 pages. Father Smithson finds the answer to the uptimers' problem of building an RF generator, in an unexpected place.
* Grantville"s Greatest Philosopher?, by Terry Howard, *****, 24 pages. Wilhelm Krieger comes to Grantville seeking to meet Grantville's greatest philosopher, and who does he meet?
* The Painter's Gambit, by Iver P. Cooper, *****, 34 pages. Felix faces a strange challenge.
* The Minstrel Boy, by John Zeek, ****½, 34 pages. Private Hagen, 17, wants to go to Magdeburg with his unit, not stay in Grantville to complete his schooling. Will he?
* A Taste of Home, by Chris Racciato, ****, 12 pages. The Pridmores' hot pepper sauce is an unexpected hit.
* N.C.I.S: Young Love Lost, by Jose J. Clavell, *****, 20 pages. Gunther and Brunhilde of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service solve the murder of a young couple.
* The Prepared Mind, by Kim Mackey, ****¾, 16 pages. Downtimers find a suboptimal but doable solution to a problem that has eluded the uptimers.
* Capacity for Harm, by Richard Evans, ****¾, 8 pages. Tomas Eichemann faces painful questioning.
* Little Angel, by Karen Offord, ****½, 21 pages. Dell is determined that his granddaughter shall not have died in vain.
* None So Blind, by David Carrico, ****¾, 50 pages. The worst I have seen from David Carrico, but still much better than the best of most authors. Bill and Byron are seconded to the USE Department of Justice with results that are both fortunate and unfortunate.
* On the Matter of D'Artagnan, by Bradley H. Sinor, *****, 19 pages. After Reading Dumas, Cardinal Richelieu hires Charles D'Artagnan.
* A Filthy Story, by Aamund Brevik, **, 9 pages. Frozen pipes cause toilets to back up.
* The Treasure Hunters, by Karen Bergstrahl, ****¼, 28 pages. Confidence men get overconfident.
* Bathing with Coal, by Russ Rittgers, ****, 18 pages. When the price of firewood goes thru the roof, Barnabas and Margarete convert their bathhouse to coal-fired.
* Lessons in Astronomy, by Peter Hobson, ****, 7 pages. Downtimer Father Scheiner does an orbital calculation that is beyond amateur astronomer Johnnie Farrell of Grantville.
* Wish Book, by Gorg Huff & Paula Goodlett, *****, 42 pages. Paulus acquires more than he expected.
* O For A Muse of Fire, by Jay Robison, *****, 27 pages. Jumping the shark does not always succeed.
* Pilgrimage of Grace, by Virginia DeMarce, *****, 13 pages. Karyn Sue was `not the sharpest knife in the drawer,' but her sense of right and wrong was right on target.
* Twenty-eight Men, by Mark Huston, *****, 74 pages. As the song says, "Blood and bones are the price of coal."

These stories are part of the Ring of Fire hypernovel, of which at this writing some twenty books have been published and about another twenty are in the works. You will be better prepared to enjoy the Grantville Gazettes (and the Ring of Fire anthologies) if you first read 1632 and maybe 1633.

This is the most ambitious, and I think the best alternate history yet. I eagerly await the next volume, 1636: The Kremlin Games, which will be out in June.

NOTE TO HISTORY TEACHERS: These books are an excellent vehicle for getting students interested in European history. They are great fun to read, and can serve as springboards for discussions comparing the alternate history with actual history.

watziznayme@gmail.com
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent "best of" compilation, better introduction to the Grantville Gazette series for casual fans 5 Mar. 2012
By Joseph A. Admire - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With this paper-and-ink volume of the _Grantville Gazette_ series, Eric Flint has decided to go on a different tack with these short-story compilations than he'd originally planned. This is for purely practical reasons; the online _Grantville Gazette_, which had originally been intended to come out in tandem with the hardcopy version, is now so far ahead that it's just not possible to keep to the original schedule anymore. So, Flint changed tack and made the series a "best of" collection of the cream of the huge crop of stories that have been published in the Gazette.

As such, this is a fine collection of first-rate stories exploring the multitudes of different ways in which the ripples of the pebble thrown into the 17th-century pond by the Ring of Fire have spread out across the world. Some familiarity with the essentials of the 1632verse is still a definite plus to appreciate these stories (for instance, the first story, by Flint himself, gets its full value if you've read the novel _1635: The Dreeson Incident_ and - no spoilers here - helps set the stage for some important happenings in _1636: The Saxon Uprising_). However, you won't need to be a hardcore fan of the Ring of Fire mega-novel (as another reviewer calls this huge collection of text) to enjoy this book.
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