Phil Parker (tigertoy) wrote,
Phil Parker

Book review: Curious Notions

Today’s book review is Curious Notions by Harry Turtledove.  Actually, this is like Monday’s book review, but I had my LJ client tied up with my FKO report in progress.

A long time ago, Harry Turtledove wrote stories that I liked, that were of sane length and fun to read.  So, despite my displeasure with what I’ve read of his lately, I was intrigued when I saw this normal-thickness paperback with his name on it.  It’s a fairly nice little alternate-timeline story, allowing Turtledove to disguise one of his alternate history stories as a regular SF adventure.  It lets him investigate what might have happened if the US had remained isolationist and the Germans had won World War I.  It’s not a very pleasant scenario, and I won’t say any more about the plot than that.  The story itself is fairly simple, nothing for the ages, but enjoyable, and blessedly short.

Worth the time to read, but probably not worth going out of your way for, except to prove that Turtledove can still write something I have some interest in reading.  7 out of 10.
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