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1636: Seas of Fortune (Ring of Fire Series Book 15) by [Cooper, Iver]
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About the Author

Iver Cooper has been an active contributor to Eric Flint's Ring of Fire universe, with 22 short stories and 40 articles published so far in the online Grantville Gazette, and another short story in the hardcover anthology Ring of Fire II. Cooper is an intellectual property law attorney with Browdy & Neimark, Washington DC. He has received legal writing awards from the American Patent Law Association, the U.S. Trademark Association, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and is the sole author of Biotechnology and the Law," now in its twenty-something edition. In his spare time, he teaches swing and folk dancing, and participates in local photo club competitions. Cooper is married with a son and daughter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1927 KB
  • Print Length: 656 pages
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  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (15 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HCLRJDG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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This book expands the 1632 universe to both the new world and to the far east, looking at the "butterfly effect" as the arrival of Grantville creates a new history as the ripples from it expand. The first half (looking at the efforts of the USE/Dutch to establish a presence in south america) is by far and away the better of the two, its very well written on the whole, has an excellent sense of place, and has some great characterisation. It also has a brief spell in Grantville itself and one "uptime" character- which i think helps it along- its always easier to have Uptimers as a point of view character to comment on the world they are encountering, it gives the story (and contrasts in world view) more power. The second story does suffer from not having a direct link to Grantville or an uptimer- theres only rumours and a few books/items made it to Japan- so we see the world exclusively through the eyes of contempory people and it lacks the culture clash that is such a feature as a whole of the series. I also had considerable problems telling one character from another with all the Japanese names/titles flying about and its distracting to be flicking to the appendices all the time. The second half of the book also has a very strange ending- not a cliffhanger, not a resolution it just sort of ends.
Overall though Mr Cooper has done a very good job on these, much better than almost all the recent contributors to the series. Can we PLEASE have some main timeline books out soon though!
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good fun alt history
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Love the 1632 series anyway and this was another tale in the saga
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A rather disappointing addition to the series
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Weak Addition to the Series 25 Jan. 2014
By Al Hence - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
According to the author's preface this is not a novel, it is a "weave". Well, he's half right, it's not a novel. It is two sets of more or less related stories featuring recurring characters. What it reads like is pieces of two short novels that the author didn't bother to connect into a coherent whole. Furthermore, the two sections are, first, a National Geographic tour of northeastern South America circa 1634. There is a lot of information about the flora, fauna and geographic features of the area presented in the form of "great horking blocks of exposition." There is a story in there someplace but the foliage is too thick around it. The second starts off with a lot of extraneous information about Japanese politics c. 1633-34. It then segues ungracefully into a walking tour of central California while Japanese explorers look for minerals. That's about it. Authors like Turtledove and Hienlien mastered the trick of presenting this kind of information in an interesting manner. Mr. Cooper has not. The connection with the Ring of Fire series is pretty tenuous in both cases. This is another series that is turning into its own cottage industry and not to its benefit.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rehashed short stories 27 Jan. 2014
By Stephen Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the Ring of Fire series and have read all of the published books. That said, if you are not a follower of the series, do not start with this book, it is the weakest entry of the series. The ROF series has a lot of officially blessed fan fiction published in the Grantville Gazette. These stories are canon, but do not greatly effect the main story threads. Some Gazette stories have been assembled into novel length and offered by Ring of Fire Press. That is where this book would normally belong. It is a series of short stories arranged in chronological order. It is close to a serialized story, but shows signs of the sections being written as stand-alone short stories, not chapters of a greater story. It is not a novel. This severely limited the depth of the story. The fact that it is published as a ROF book means it is now part of the main story thread. It deserved a rewrite of the original short stories to create a true novel with more coherence and depth.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre at best 18 Jan. 2014
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None of the people in Eric Flint's ecosystem come close to him in talent. Yet another who needs a good editor and a lot more practice to be ready for prime time. Little character development or real interest generated in the protagonists. I'm not happy I spent the money for this mediocre effort.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Its true, these stories aren't new! 12 Feb. 2014
By curiousDave - Published on Amazon.com
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If all you read of the Ring of Fire series is the books, this may be an OK read for you. If you read the Grantville Gazette series, now up to volume 52 or something close to that, you've already read most of the book. (Grantville Gazette is a "monthly" e-zine format publication featuring reader submissions. Most are pretty good and a few of the writers have become writers or co-writers of books in the primary Ring of Fire series.) Since I read both series, I feel pretty much ripped off at buying again what I had already purchased. For those of you wondering, I saw nothing on the Amazon site, nor on the Baen Publishing site, to tell me this was essentially an anthology of Grantville Gazette stories.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor addition to the series 14 Jan. 2014
By Duane Marble - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading this book I find it difficult to understand the gushing five star reviews presented here. It is poorly organized and poorly written. The character development found in most of the other books in the series is lacking and to say that the characters are shallow is to say something nice about them. You don't agree? I suggest you go back and reread one or two of the first books. The plot? After the first couple of hundred pages I gave up looking for one. Suggestions for one appeared here and there but they were soon forgotten. 1636: Seas of Fortune adds nothing to reputation of the series. I do not recommend it to anyone.
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