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 Posted: Mon Oct 31st, 2011 01:48 am
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I loved this book i have read it several times. Turtledove gives a point of view that lets you see what might have happened with slavery if the south had won. has anyone else read this book?



 Posted: Mon Oct 31st, 2011 02:04 am
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I want nothing to do with anything that ^%&*$ writes



 Posted: Mon Oct 31st, 2011 02:32 am
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why do you say that?



 Posted: Mon Oct 31st, 2011 12:41 pm
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Isn't that the one where some time-traveling bozos give the Confederacy a bunch of AK-47s? I couldn't get back the description on the back of the book.

Mark



 Posted: Mon Oct 31st, 2011 12:47 pm
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Mark-

  That gets me to thinking that an old M-60 tank might have been useful to the defenders of the Alamo.   :D



 Posted: Mon Oct 31st, 2011 02:59 pm
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TD:
Gunner, COAX, Santa Anna, 300m!

Were you a tanker back in the day?
Mark



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Mark-

  Roger that.



 Posted: Mon Oct 31st, 2011 09:15 pm
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i know it sounds stupid and i thought the same thing until i read it. it was a good book.



 Posted: Mon Oct 31st, 2011 10:28 pm
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Awesome TD! I'm a 19K myself.

Mark



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I think if you look at Guns of the South from a pulp fiction, sci-fi & fantasy point of view, it's an OK novel.

However, it's NOT really an alternative history/counterfactual scenario, and anyone who thinks otherwise is a dimwit. It's not a story of "what if?", but a story of freaking time travel! It's sci fi; a counterfactual novel is historical fiction. Compare anything Turtledove does to, oh, Robert Harris's Fatherland and you get the idea.

Finally, I must admit when I think about what kind of mind would produce a story about time traveling South African white supremacists trying to preserve a slave-owning Confederacy for their own ends ... well, let's just say I would not want to go get a beer with Turtledove. Ever.



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