Bronze Summer (Northland 2) Hardcover – 15 Sep 2011
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"Thought-provoking, the characters within fascinating....Add to this Stephen's own unique writing style, cracking prose...a piece that demonstrates the futility of war, [and that] creates a story that will stay with you long after the final page is turned."--"Falcata Times""
""An interesting world and a compelling narrative."--Solarbridge.com
"Thought-provoking...a story that will stay with you long after the final page is turned."--"Falcata Times"
"A super alternate history from an SF master."--Risingshadow
"An interesting world and a compelling narrative."--Solar Bridge
Thought-provoking a story that will stay with you long after the final page is turned. "Falcata Times"
A super alternate history from an SF master. Risingshadow
An interesting world and a compelling narrative. Solar Bridge" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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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.Published on 12 Sept. 2013 by Amazon Customer
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... Read morePublished on 26 Mar. 2013 by Peter Suydam
I have been a keen reader of Stephen Baxter ever since I discovered RING in my local library and proceeded to buy all the Xeelee books and also some of his earlier works. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2012 by Microlighter
I agree with many of the sentiments expressed by previous reviewers. I enjoyed Stone Spring and eagerly looked forward to reading this book. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2012 by Amazon Customer
bronze summer by stephen baxter the second in the northland trilogy the first being the stone spring a good book about the tidal wave that engulfed doggerland -this second book... Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2011 by mark1000