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Making History [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Fry
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"Stephen Fry at his twinkling best" Sunday Times "His best novel yet ... an extravagant, deeply questioning work of science fiction" GQ "A sci-fi comedy that is also a time-travel thriller, constantly topical and always surprising... packed with the author's personal enthusiasm and hatreds, the former red-hot and the latter icy-black" Literary Review "A powerful imaginative pull that keeps the pages turning while the tea goes cold and the cat gets the goldfish" The Independent "A sprightly and entertaining read" Daily Telegraph

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A novel of ideas - comical, historical, frightening and unputdownable.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 684 KB
  • Print Length: 594 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099457067
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (24 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004071T9K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,234 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stephen Fry is one of Britain's national treasures and his television appearances include 'A Bit Of Fry and Laurie', 'Jeeves and Wooster', 'Blackadder', 'QI' and 'Kingdom'. His film roles include 'Peter's Friends' and 'Wilde'; and in the realm of television, the Emmy-award-winning 'The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive'. As a writer, he best known for his novel The Liar as well as his acclaimed autobiography Moab Is My Washpot, and his is the famous voice of the Harry Potter audio books.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Had to keep reading! 29 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Having enjoyed both Stephen Fry's autobiography, 'Moab is my Washpot', and his first novel, 'The Liar', I expected 'Making History' to run along similar lines. How wrong I was!
I must admit, it took a few pages before I got into the story, but once I did, I couldn't stop reading it! This story is written in Stephen Fry's usual witty, rambling way, yet still manages to be a gripping read. The story's concept is that of an alternative present-day life brought about by the non-existance of Hitler. However, the way in which Fry blends events of a 'changed' history with those taking place in an alternative present, makes for a thought-provoking read. I found that I couldn't wait to find out the changes that had occurred as a result. A refreshingly different, non-boring way of learning modern history - great stuff!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 11 Dec 2007
Format:Paperback
This was the first of SF's books I had read and didn't know what to expect. I started reading it and found the first couple of chapters hard to follow and couldn't see what the book was getting at. After about the 3rd chapter I found it difficult to put this book down and finished reading it in about a week. What a far fetched but excellent idea of fact/science fiction. Couldn't recommend it any more highly.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good old bit of fun 25 Nov 2006
Format:Paperback
Nazis. Gas chambers. Mass murder. Fun? OK that's an unusual quartet but it applies here. I read this because Stephen Fry is just a genial bloke with a sharp turn of phrase,... but with trepidation as the "what if Hitler had made a couple of different decisions" idea has been explored by so many people, it couldn't be original. Wrong! Somehow Mr Fry has used a hotchpotch of familiar ideas and merged them into an original story. OK, there are some easy ways to get out of difficult situations by blaming mysterious time travel "rules" (first seen in the original Star Trek - coincidentally Mr F is a fan I believe), but over all this is an appealing take on the "what if" idea. I certainly learned a lot about Herr Schicklgruber's pre WW2 years, and surpisingly this is the content, 3 years after reading the book, that has stuck with me. If you want to learn a little about history and enjoy a "ripping yarn" (SF is truly a Python of the 21st Century) at the same time, read this silly stuff.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars self indulgent but still brilliant 2 Nov 2005
Format:Paperback
It would be easy to give up after the first few pages, when it does look rather as if a creative writing student has been ordered to Write About What You Know. But once you are used to Stephen Fry's habit of playing at length with every concept it quickly becomes engrossing. The war scenes are remarkably authentic and the modern scenes often brilliantly witty. I never really liked his lapses into film scripts as they broke up the emotional tension, reminding us forcefully that the characters are fictional. But undoubtedly he does dialogue well. Most self indulgent bit (defnintely calls for a bit of editing) is Fry's long discussion of an IT system that would be better than Microsoft. (And they said the first Star Wars prequel had a dull plot. Somehow I thought alternative reality fiction would not focus so much on word processing software.) But this is a rare lapse. The gradually emerging love story is all the more affecting because it is done with such a light hand. By the end only a first class grouch could emerge without a lump in the throat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More to be said than a normal good book 9 Jan 2005
Format:Paperback
I first read Stephen Fry about a year ago, starting with his novel, "The Liar." The humor and interesting plot alone were more than enough to keep me reading his books, but I found the differences between "Making History" and "The Liar" to be amazing. Fry goes from writing simply for the sake of a good story, to having a very thoughtful book, providing different views on life and the situation in Europe after the 1920s. The novel challenges your views on what is better, along with what would happen if circumstances in the past had been different.
Really, would life be better if Hitler did not exist? "Making History" says that if Hitler had not risen to power, someone else would have. And if not him, then who? Someone who would use his power better, or worse? The same situation had existed in Europe at that time, whether Adolf Hitler had been born or not.
Besides the questions that arise in the reader's mind, this book has much more of interest to it. Stephen Fry has an amazing ability to turn absolutely terrible situations into laughable comedy scenes, from being left by a girlfriend, to a battle in World War I. From there he can take his humor and disperse it, such that intensity, suspense, and drama are still brought into effect.
The characters are strange but interesting. The young Englishman, Michael, seems to dislike American styles of living, while at the same time he adopts their words and language. He tries perhaps too hard to be cool, but at the same time he truly is himself. His girlfriend, who is intolerable of just about any nonsense, a character who cannot be lured into making herself ever look stupid or foolish, seems much the type of girl Michael is likely NOT to be with.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More to be said than a normal good book 22 Mar 2004
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Format:Paperback
I first read Stephen Fry about a year ago, starting with his novel, "The Liar." The humor and interesting plot alone were more than enough to keep me reading his books, but I found the differences between "Making History" and "The Liar" to be amazing. Fry goes from writing just simply for the sake of a good story, to suddenly having a very thoughtful book, providing different views on life and the situation in Europe after the 1920s. The novel challenges your views on what is better, along with what would happen if circumstances in the past had been different.
Really, would life be better if Hitler did not exist? "Making History" says that if Hitler had not risen to power, someone else would have. And if not him, then who? Someone who would use his power better, or worse? The same situation was existing in Europe, whether Adolf Hitler were born or not.
Besides the questions that arise in the readers mind, this book has much more of interest to it. Stephen Fry has an amazing ability to turn absolutely terrible situations into laughable comedy scenes, from being left by a girlfriend, to a battle in World War I. From there he can take his humor and disperse it, such that intensity, suspense, and drama are still effected.
The characters are strange but interesting. The young Englishman, Michael, seems to dislike American styles of living, while at the same time he adopts their words and language. He tries perhaps too hard to be cool, but at the same time he truly is himself. His girlfriend, who is intolerable of just about any nonsense, a character who cannot be lured into making herself ever look stupid or foolish, seems much the type of girl Michael is likely NOT to be with.
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3.0 out of 5 stars s
odd but interesting, as you would expect from Stephen Fry
Published 4 days ago by travelreader
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It's Stephen Fry - you can't go wrong.
Published 9 days ago by alistair beattie
2.0 out of 5 stars An interesting start but loses its way a bit
A decent start but loses its way half way through the book when the protagonist changes the past - what happens to the protagonist from that point feels quite contrived and spoils... Read more
Published 13 days ago by doctorblunkett
3.0 out of 5 stars Very thought provoking
A fascinating if disturbing idea that there can always be a worse outcome than some thing you thought couldn't get any worse. Fry 's style is simple yet effective.
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Dawson
2.0 out of 5 stars Layered 1984 cliche: a novel which fulfills time, nothing else.
To put it simply, I did not enjoy this novel. The many and tiresome references to a "brave new world", quite obviously suggested by the title, lessen the effect of a novel... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Aidan Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars A CLEVER JUXTAPOSITIONING OF IDEAS
I must admit that this was not quite the read I imagined I was going to have. I found it hard to get into at first, but the ideas of 'IF THIS HAD HAPPENED' are always quite... Read more
Published 3 months ago by bibliophile
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth picking up for a few giggles
Making History, first published in 1996, is a book written by Stephen Fry, and is essentially a long and thorough answer to the question If you could go back in time and kill... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Photocritic.org
2.0 out of 5 stars There's a good story in there somewhere.
As a 200 page book, it would have been a reasonable, if hardly original, science fiction story. Or possibly, since there's no actual explanation of the 'science' part, a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by James Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Absolutely captivating and a highly recommended read for anybody with the slightest interest in Nazi Germany. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!!!!
Great writing style and just the right mix of humour, cleverness and history, just what you' expect from Stephen Fry. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andi
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