Posted: April 29, 2012 by veeshir in L.L.A.P.H.

I read the book 1632 and liked it a lot, I then read 1633 and liked that one almost as much, the Baltic War was pretty good too.

All the rest I’ve read have been crap. I made the mistake of buying the first Grantville Gazette. Ugh. Then, I got the Galileo Affair and that was all about stupid. Having a book whose main characters are really secondary characters just isn’t very good. It was like Dr. Detroit, Dan Akroyd is a great second character, one of the best, but he’s not a good main character.

So I was wondering, does anybody know if any of the other books are any good and if so, which one(s)? I just don’t like buying disappointingly crappy books

I’m looking for books in the main sequence that don’t suck, not some side story about some minor character getting involved with the Portuguese in Macao or something like that that does suck.

As a side note, if anybody likes military sci-fi, the Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell (John Hemke) is pretty good. The second book in the second series (the war against the aliens) comes out 5/1 and I’m looking forward to it. I almost never buy hardcover sci-fi that’s not in the bargain bin, but I’m getting that. The first series was fantastic.

  1. Lemur King says:

    1 thru 1631 were unremarkable, I take it?

    I never buy hardcover unless it’s the e-book version. It’s much lighter.

    No, I’m not smoking crack. I’m being a dickhead. There’s a difference.

  2. kahr40 says:

    You can find ebooks of most of the series here: http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/23-TheEasternFrontCD/1635TheEasternFrontCD/. These aren’t pirated copies but legal issued by Baen and posted with their permission. Being free you can decide whether you like them or not for yourself.

  3. Inspektor says:

    The author, Flint, is a raging Trotskeyite. I make it a point not to buy any thing that piece of human waste has touched.

    • veeshir says:

      I didn’t know that. I’m surprised from his books. Especially the 1632 books.

      • Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder says:

        Flint’s protagonist in 1632 is a Union organizer and his political opponents are all racist hicks, so the Democratic Party values of the author do show through. I did enjoy 1634: The Bavarian Crisis, but 1635: Dreeson Incident has been sitting in the un-read stack for the last year. (The cover illustrations always give away the ending, which is bad editing.)

        • Saintonge says:

          Hey, don’t go calling my commie friend Eric a person possessed of “Democratic values.” He despises the Democrats. He’s also, btw, in favor of gun ownership by the people.

          The hero of 1632, Mike Stearns, is a patiotic American, a veteran, and a promoter of capitalism and democracy. Eric Flint is a rather more complicated fellow, politically, than you might think. And really, if he wrote a novel about a Border South town where NO ONE is a racist, it would be ridiculous. As it is, most of the people in the town are decidedly non-racist.

  4. Mark E says:

    There are at least 3 treads through the series.

    The action oriented ones — 1632, 1633, Baltic War, Eastern Front & Saxon Uprising — mostly military sci-fi with following few main characters & story lines with action that moves along.

    The touchy feely, can’t we all get along and over through our oppressors with cuteness ones — Ram Rabellion, Dreeson and most of the Gazettes

    And the wtf are you writing this for — Galileo & Canon Law [I decided that I really don’t care if the son of the largest pharmaceutical company owner (& former hippie commune drug grower) gets out of prison or not], and the Oliver Cromwell story line

    Keep in mind also that, unlike most books where there is a single author who follows a single or a small handful of people (like Honor Harrington books), there are many writers who pick & choose who to follow. There are a few who are good, a few who are ok and a few who need to try again.

    Yeah, Flint treated the president of a big company as an ass in the first book, but Simpson is made into a better character in the later ones and is made of the mold of wiser, calmer of our Founding Fathers.

    Regardless of Flint’s politics, you should be able to enjoy a group of bitter clingers thrown into the past and dead set on instituting capitalism, freedom of religion, truth, justice & the American Way — Freedom Arches (McDonalds), Committees of Correspondence, over throw of the monarchies, spread of personal freedoms, small business people succeeding,

    On a real world note, I also think that it is comic that radical leftist Flint has become a successful writer and appears to be doing fine with his part of the business end a Baen books. And, while he still seems to give money to causes that I would not support, at least he is giving away money that he earned rather than stole through my taxes.

    [Full disclosure — I lived for several years near to where the fictional town of Grantsville was located in WV and have traveled through the area of Thuringia where it went. Many of my closest friends are “Um-Mas” and you will not find a group of more American & patriot people out there]

    • Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder says:

      UMWA? Sounds Polish.

      • Saintonge says:

        That’s amusing, because a character in 1632 thinks the same thing, when coming on a notice signed UMWA. It stands for United Mine Workers of America, and the notice is next to some dead bodies (the miners encountered some soldiers enjoying “a bit of fun with a woman” [Joseph Stalin, 1946 approx.], and chastized the fellows, lethallly].

  5. Saintonge says:

    You’d probably like 1635: The Eastern Front, and 1636: The Saxon Uprising, which follow Stearns, and are sort of the “mainline” of the series. I rather liked 1636: The Kremlin Games, which follows a Grantville resident who moves to Russia to help them technologically, but you might not.

    There are sample chapters of all the books except Kremlin Games up on the Baen eBooks site, http://www.baenebooks.com/, so check them out there.

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