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Gunpowder Empire

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty (2004)
  • ASIN: B001TB19N6
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Gunpowder Empire

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perhaps im to old for this book but many other ya books i have read, i have thoroughly enjoyed but sadly not this one mainly because nothing really happens, this is perhaps a confusing statement about a book that is about parallel worlds and trading and being shipwrecked and having to survive but none the less in my humble opinion it is true. i would usually write SPOILER ALERT here in caps but this time i dont think its really worth it ( oh darn i did it anyway) mother gets ill father takes her home leaving kids to mind the store gateway closes kids left to fend for themselves. this is where it should get good but no, all that happens is that they have to accept gold instead of grain for the watches they sell, have to stab some guy in the arm when the invading army get over the wall for 5 minutes before running away ( i didnt mention the army because they are really not worth mentioning) and have to write a confusing memo to the city prefect cos some guys servant is a bit snooty. before we see the results of this memo said prefect asks the kids to do him a favour and give the invaders some presents so that they will go away, said army does go away then the gateway is restored ( it was of course terrorists) parents come back and they all live happily ever after.
what a load of rubbish, its as though the author wrote an adult book then took all the good bits out then took its soul a put a ya sticker on it. i bought this because i noticed this was a series but after reading this i went on fantastic fiction to read up on the other books which all seem to be stand alone novels just on different worlds so i wont bother with them. the only good thing i can find to write about this is that i got it for my kindle so i only wasted £1:99 on this, its not badly written its just relly boring
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Format: Hardcover
Turtledove's first novel geared at the teen market of fiction has all the trademarks of his other fiction: strange world where history had a defining moment, good background into the "real world" and events that defined the difference and the somewhat explicit violence of battlefields. If you've ever seen the TV show "Sliders" on Sci-Fi, this book has a similar premise: a future Earth, depleted of the resources needed to sustain it's population, has found a way to transverse multiple dimensions and bring back supplies from a infinite number of Earths. The focus of the book is the Solter family (and primarily their two children, Jeremy and Amanda), who for a portion of the year act as interdimensional traders, selling knick knacks that are a little beyond the scope of the civilization they travel to (in this case, a Roman Empire that advanced as far as the gunpowder cannons but little else) and return with wheat for their home. However, something goes wrong (it always does, or there would be no story) and the two teens are left trapped in their Roman outpost with an attacking army on the way.
As an introduction to the concept of alternative history and the ideas of "what-if?" for the tween ages, it works only partially. The characters are relatively bland, and it's hard to get a feel of (or feel for) them. In addition, outside of teens into Sliders, I just don't see what the overall pull on kids would be. Instead of feeling like it was being written for teens, I felt Turtledove simply wrote in particular style and then heavily edited it, effectively dumbing it down. In addition, with hardback books being as pricey as they are, this felt kind of limp in size. It would work much better as a trade paperback than the current binding.
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