[Artemisia] S.M. Stirling, interesting reading

Mary Hodges hodgemary at onewest.net
Sat Jul 21 01:28:30 CDT 2007

I have read the books, but my suspension of disbelief failed (okay, 
okay, I had trouble believing that physics and chemistry would fail 
selectively, too) when Sterling ignored the presence of large numbers of 
trained soldiers at bases in the northwest, not to mention the reserves 
and national guard units.  Even without firearms, soldiers trained to 
work and fight as a unit, following an organized chain of command, would 
crush a disorganized group, or even a semi-organized group.  After all, 
the big difference between the Roman legions and the barbarians they 
conquered was organization, communication, and chain of command.


Allen Hall wrote:

>Greetings All,
>Hmm, things are a bit quiet, and we can't have that!  I wanted to let you 
>know about a three book series that Count Morgan turned me on to.
>The series is by a guy named S.M. Stirling.  The book titles are "Dies the 
>Fire", "The Protectors War" and "Meeting in Corvallis", in that order.
>The basic premise of the books does count on suspension of certain 
>realities, but heck, SCA folks can make that leap easily enough <bg>!  The 
>premise is that "something" happens and there is a change in the world.  The 
>"Change (tm)" makes internal combustion engines cease to work; gun power and 
>explosives suffer the same fate.
>So, put yourself in a world where cars, trucks, trains and planes won't work 
>anymore.  In that same world, the power of the firearm is now useless. 
>Kinda takes technology back about 500 years or so.  Sound right at home yet?
>The SCA is mentioned throughout the book, sometimes in good terms, sometimes 
>in not such good terms.
>Stirling can get you quit involved and wanting to read more.  The way book 
>two, the Protectors War, ends, will quickly send you to the bookstore to get 
>the final book!
>My family and several friends have read them and found them entertaining. 
>Also a bit mentally stimulating in that you ask yourself, "ok, how DO you 
>make that?" and such things.
>If anyone has read the books, I'd love to hear your impressions.
>Take care and hope to see many of you at Kingdom Birthday next week.
>YIS,  Alan
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