Advance and Retreat

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Turning the American Civil War literally upside-down, this winning fantasy brings to life a war to free the blond serfs of the North and raise them to equality beside their swarthy masters. Turtledove not only swaps South for North but replaces rifles with crossbows, horses with unicorns and railways with magic carpets. The book opens in the fourth year of the war, when it`s clear that the gray-clad armies of King Avram of Detina have the advantage over the followers of the traitorous Grand Duke Geoffrey, who has proclaimed himself king of the seceded North. Many Northern infantrymen have been reduced to robbing Southern bodies for shoes and warm clothing; and while the North has the best wizards, the Southern engineers have invented a rapid-firing crossbow that gives their soldiers a tremendous advantage in battle. The course of this war closely parallels the real one, which makes for a somewhat predictable story but clears the way for a focus on the various entertaining and well-drawn characters, including numerous homages to-or parodies of-various historical figures. Charm and humor balance out the grimly realistic depictions of battlefields and occupied towns, flavor the beautifully subtle treatment of racism and help to mask the occasional lack of descriptive detail. While perhaps best suited to Civil War buffs, this tale proves quite enjoyable for the less tactically inclined, and it`s a must-have for any fan of alternate histories.

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Harry Norman Turtledove (English Harry Norman Turtledove ; born June 14, 1949, Los Angeles, California) is an American science fiction writer, representative of the genre of alternative history.  Aliases: Eric G Iverson Dan Chernenko Date of birth: June 14, 1949 Place of birth: Los Angeles, California, USA Citizenship: USA Occupation: prose writer Genre: alternative history Studied at Caltech with a degree in electrical engineering, but his humanities prevailed and eventually Turtledave graduated in 1977 from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in ancient history with a Ph.D.

in Byzantine history. A professional historian, he turned to literature at a mature age. The first novel was published in 1979 under the pseudonym Eric Iverson. This was followed by a series of works of small form; the best of them are collected in the collection "Kaleidoscope" (1990). The short stories Mismatch (1988) and Shrinking the Earth (1991) definitely belong to the h...

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Harry Norman Turtledove (English Harry Norman Turtledove ; born June 14, 1949, Los Angeles, California) is an American science fiction writer, representative of the genre of alternative history.  Aliases: Eric G Iverson Dan Chernenko Date of birth: June 14, 1949 Place of birth: Los Angeles, California, USA Citizenship: USA Occupation: prose writer Genre: alternative history Studied at Caltech with a degree in electrical engineering, but his humanities prevailed and eventually Turtledave graduated in 1977 from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in ancient history with a Ph.D. in Byzantine history. A professional historian, he turned to literature at a mature age. The first novel was published in 1979 under the pseudonym Eric Iverson. This was followed by a series of works of small form; the best of them are collected in the collection "Kaleidoscope" (1990). The short stories Mismatch (1988) and Shrinking the Earth (1991) definitely belong to the hard SF genre. Unusually for Tertledave, the action takes place not in an alternate world, but on Earth. However, the novel "Other Flesh" (1988) describes the events taking place in the "other" USA, and in the novel "World of Differences" (1989), the Soviet and American research crews collide on the "other" Mars. It is noticeable that the light themes of Tertledave are not attractive. His books are highly regarded by critics, and each new work is eagerly awaited. The main achievement of Tertledava the writer is the cycle of fantasy-historical novels "Videss", which opens with the novel "The Lost Legion" (1987). The mini-series "Crisp Videssky" adjoins this cycle, preceding "Videss" according to the internal chronology. from wiki