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Interesting Readings - January

Interesting Readings: a book club for the best in sci-fi, from quirky classics to fresh indie! Monthly meetings are held in the West Chester area.

Let's kick off the new year with Eric Flint's 1632.

Via It's 1632, and in northern Germany things couldn't get much worse. Famine. Disease. Religous war laying waste the cities. Only the aristocrats remained relatively unscathed; for the peasants, death was a mercy.

2000: Things are going OK in Grantville, West Virginia, and everybody attending the wedding of Mike Stearn's sister (including the entire local chapter of the United Mine Workers of America, which Mike leads) is having a good time.


When the dust settles, Mike leads a group of armed miners to find out what happened and finds the road into town is cut, as with a sword. On the other side, a scene out of Hell: a man nailed to a farmhouse door, his wife and daughter attacked by men in steel vests. Faced with this, Mike and his friends don't have to ask who to shoot. At that moment Freedom and Justice, American style, are introduced to the middle of the Thirty Years' War.

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  • Christopher S.

    I really enjoyed the discussion of the book 1632. I share the opinion that the book is a feel good book and too may things went right for the town. The consequences of such a shock as being thrown back in time by individuals was valid. Each person would have a different reaction and a number would be negative. I personally would miss my favorite TV shows but maybe I could develop new ways of living like staying fed and keeping a warm roof over my head. Things that I tend to take for granted too much presently.

    January 22, 2014

  • Paul


    January 15, 2014

  • Dale B.

    Appears I'm running a bit behind. I'll be there eventually!

    January 15, 2014

  • Susan C.

    I'm not going to make it tonight, either. I'm down with something and feeling miserable. Read the book...interesting. Have fun.

    January 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry, but I don't think I'm gonna make it tonight :( which sucks because I love Molly Maguires. Feeling like crap so going to get some much needed rest

    January 15, 2014

  • Mary D

    Sorry to have to cancel. Enjoyed the book.....

    January 12, 2014

  • Dawn

    I managed to rupture my Achilles tendon, and I'll be laid up for a couple of weeks. Sorry to miss this one!

    January 7, 2014

    • Dale B.

      We can all only hope it happened while victoriously riding a chariot. Get better soon!

      2 · January 7, 2014

    • Gwen W.

      Oh no! Wishing you a swift recovery.

      January 10, 2014

  • Susan C.

    BTW, this book is a free Kindle download on Amazon.

    2 · December 13, 2013

    • Dawn

      Thanks! Downloaded it today!

      December 26, 2013

  • Christopher S.

    I enjoyed reading the book and I hope it is entertaining for everyone.

    December 18, 2013

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