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4.0 out of 5 stars Transtemporal influence, 21 Sep 2014
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I just finished the trilogy and heartily agree with all the descriptions of it as compulsive, unputdownable etc. The first volume however was marred for me by the series of setpiece torture scenes. I am not unduly squeamish, and read the battle scenes of heads being split to the breastbone, etc, with equanimity, but the almost obsessively detailed descriptions of the unspeakable things men do to other men are a bit too much. At the fifth such setpiece (the hideous murder of king Ella) I had had about enough, and swore a mighty oath that if they started yet another I would consign them and their books to Niflheim. Apparently this vibe reached them transtemporally for there were no further offences. I thoroughly enjoyed the development of the story in vols. 2 and 3. I was amused by the way Shef and his men anticipated so many of the inventions of the following twelve centuries or so.His first battleship was even called Dreadnought ( oh sorry, that's Fearnought), I half expected him to be using dive bombers by book three. Good fun.
A curious aspect. A John Holm is credited as co-author on the cover but not on the title page, and is never mentioned anywhere else in the books, on back cover blurbs etc. Also never mentioned by any reviewers. A moments googling reveals him to be a pen name of professor Kim Shippey, an authority on early English language and history. \So it seems that Harrison's brilliant research is really Shippey's professional knowledge. Almost a conspiracy of silence??
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4.0 out of 5 stars Happy, 25 Mar 2013
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Nice to see it as an e-book but like many books in a many other series they don't seem to be bringing the others to the format at all or in any semblance of order, which is damned frustrating if you want to buy them all for your Kindle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars harry harrison fan, 16 Jan 2013
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excellent book read it in my youth enloyed it once again type of book which can be re read time and time again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hammer the Cross, 9 Jan 2013
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A classic historical novel WITH a twist, set during Viking raids at time of Alfred the Great & how the people coped. Not history but an historical setting.
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