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Collection #3 of rollicking and idea-packed alternate history tales written by today’s hottest science fiction writers and edited by New York Times best-seller Eric Flint. After a cosmic accident sets the modern-day West Virginia town of Grantville down in war-torn seventeenth century Europe, these everyday, resourceful Americans must adapt – or be trod into the dust of th Collection #3 of rollicking and idea-packed alternate history tales written by today’s hottest science fiction writers and edited by New York Times best-seller Eric Flint. After a cosmic accident sets the modern-day West Virginia town of Grantville down in war-torn seventeenth century Europe, these everyday, resourceful Americans must adapt – or be trod into the dust of the past. Let’s do the “Time Warp” again!  Another rollicking, thought-provoking collection of tales by a star-studded array of top writers such as bestseller Mercedes Lackey and Eric Flint himself – all set in Eric Flint’s phenomenal Ring of Fire series. Rock on, Renaissance!  A cosmic accident sets the modern West Virginia town of Grantville down in war-torn seventeenth century Europe.  It will take all the gumption of the resourceful, freedom-loving up-timers to find a way to flourish in mad and bloody end of  medieval times.  Are they up for it?  You bet they are.  The third rollicking and idea-packed collection of Grantville tales edited by Eric Flint, and inspired by his now-legendary 1632. About Eric Flint’s “Ring of Fire” series: “[Eric] Flint's 1632 universe seems to be inspiring a whole new crop of gifted alternate historians.” -Booklist  “[Eric Flint] can entertain and edify in equal, and major, measure.” -Publishers Weekly


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Collection #3 of rollicking and idea-packed alternate history tales written by today’s hottest science fiction writers and edited by New York Times best-seller Eric Flint. After a cosmic accident sets the modern-day West Virginia town of Grantville down in war-torn seventeenth century Europe, these everyday, resourceful Americans must adapt – or be trod into the dust of th Collection #3 of rollicking and idea-packed alternate history tales written by today’s hottest science fiction writers and edited by New York Times best-seller Eric Flint. After a cosmic accident sets the modern-day West Virginia town of Grantville down in war-torn seventeenth century Europe, these everyday, resourceful Americans must adapt – or be trod into the dust of the past. Let’s do the “Time Warp” again!  Another rollicking, thought-provoking collection of tales by a star-studded array of top writers such as bestseller Mercedes Lackey and Eric Flint himself – all set in Eric Flint’s phenomenal Ring of Fire series. Rock on, Renaissance!  A cosmic accident sets the modern West Virginia town of Grantville down in war-torn seventeenth century Europe.  It will take all the gumption of the resourceful, freedom-loving up-timers to find a way to flourish in mad and bloody end of  medieval times.  Are they up for it?  You bet they are.  The third rollicking and idea-packed collection of Grantville tales edited by Eric Flint, and inspired by his now-legendary 1632. About Eric Flint’s “Ring of Fire” series: “[Eric] Flint's 1632 universe seems to be inspiring a whole new crop of gifted alternate historians.” -Booklist  “[Eric Flint] can entertain and edify in equal, and major, measure.” -Publishers Weekly

30 review for Ring of Fire III

  1. 4 out of 5

    Timothy

    Though the third book of the Ring of Fire anthology series, "Ring of Fire III" is actually the 19th book of the actual Ring of Fire/1632 series; and as such it feels it's age. Originally created as a 'what if' of events when the present met past, this series by now feels like it has lost all focus of what to do and where to go. Some of the stories in Ring of Fire III were pretty interesting. The gem of the group was Mercedes Lackey's "Dye Another Day". Maybe it's because she's a well experienced Though the third book of the Ring of Fire anthology series, "Ring of Fire III" is actually the 19th book of the actual Ring of Fire/1632 series; and as such it feels it's age. Originally created as a 'what if' of events when the present met past, this series by now feels like it has lost all focus of what to do and where to go. Some of the stories in Ring of Fire III were pretty interesting. The gem of the group was Mercedes Lackey's "Dye Another Day". Maybe it's because she's a well experienced published author, but this first story in the book had the right balance of humor, character, and plot to make it an enjoyable read. Sadly, none of the other stories come as close to creating a well balanced story. Some might have an interesting plot, but suffered from a plethora of unmemorable characters; others might have interesting characters but were in plots so convoluted as to dilute their impact. And then there were some that just plain stank as the characters were just faceless window dressing to belch out dialogue to advance a sequence of events that could hardly be called a plot. Then there's Eric Flint's contribution. The last story of the anthology, "Four Days on the Danube" is basically a semi-sequel to the book "1636: The Saxon Uprising", and acts as the lead-in for an eventual sequel to this storyarc of the series. Being the work by the creator of the Ring of Fire/1632 series, one can be forgiven to have somewhat high expectations that this story might somewhat redeem the reader's efforts for reaching the end of this book. Unfortunately, although the second half of the story was pretty interesting, it wasn't helped by the fact that character moments in the first half of the book seems to go off on tangents that at times effectively put the brakes on any momentum from the plot, a problem Eric Flint seem to have from time to time. Ostentatiously written as a way to give story to behind the scenes and also to branch the series off into other directions, it's no secret by now that strength of story nor interesting characters is in abundant quality in both anthology series (Ring of Fire, Grantville Gazette). While it is admirable to allow fans of the series to become amateur authors, one gets the feeling that alot of the stories in these anthologies were given second treatment by an editor or just kept as fan fiction. Not to disparage any of the others, but the majority of the short stories seen in the anthologies seems to follow the formula of characters as mouthpieces to prove a moral, technological, or cultural point. That's fine and all, but without an interesting story to propel whatever plot the characters have to progress through, you're better off just writing a non-fiction technical piece instead. It'd be like a commercial that's trying to sell an idea as coming from the common person, but lays the delivery so thick as to turn the whole thing in to a caricature, but with no one laughing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Great selection of short fiction set in the 1632 universe, especially the novella telling the tale of Tom and Rita Simpson during the Bavarian raid on Ingolstadt. Even the tale by Virginia DeMarce, who can be tedious in her historical facts, was an important bit of background to larger events. I'm still a big fan of this universe, partly because the regular folks and their reactions are such a big part of the stories being told. This volume also takes us into other parts of the world, and I look Great selection of short fiction set in the 1632 universe, especially the novella telling the tale of Tom and Rita Simpson during the Bavarian raid on Ingolstadt. Even the tale by Virginia DeMarce, who can be tedious in her historical facts, was an important bit of background to larger events. I'm still a big fan of this universe, partly because the regular folks and their reactions are such a big part of the stories being told. This volume also takes us into other parts of the world, and I look forward to the ripples the ROF caused in events in Asia and America...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joe Price

    Ring 3 I enjoyed most of the book. There were a few spots that seemed a bit slow and tedious, but overall a pretty good read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Luci

    This was a good follow up to the last two. Some major plot threads are taken care of and some new characters developed. A bunch of solid stories were in this one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Liviu

    The third RoF anthology was ok but because the universe of the series got too crowded with so many stories and side novels beyond the main storyline which is still excellent, and I was left very meh overall by it; not even the usually dependable main author (E Flint) novella contribution impressed me that much - the last 10 pages were very good but a lot of the rest was truly by the numbers prose i felt the author copy/pasted from other works and changed names and a little here and there. None o The third RoF anthology was ok but because the universe of the series got too crowded with so many stories and side novels beyond the main storyline which is still excellent, and I was left very meh overall by it; not even the usually dependable main author (E Flint) novella contribution impressed me that much - the last 10 pages were very good but a lot of the rest was truly by the numbers prose i felt the author copy/pasted from other works and changed names and a little here and there. None of the rest of the stories stood out either though they were all readable. The first anthologies had some great stuff that fit with the novels (Wallenstein, siege of Amsterdam etc) but could not be covered at length due to space consideration, here though... As with the side novels I feel the saturation point has been reached and there simply are not enough interesting stories to tell- or maybe not enough good authors beside Mr. Flint to tell them - since now almost all the angles of the mix between the 21 century Americans and the native 17th century people - tech, social, religion, arts, media, politics... - have been explored and what remains is an odd new world where the story crawls at the snails pace of the main plot that only Mr. Flint develops (after 100's of stories including the Gazette and tons of novels we are still in 1636 essentially, so all is compressed in 5 years from the 1631 beginning of the original RoF event) I am pretty sure this new world has tons of good stories and indeed it is fascinating to see what happens, but that is essentially the main storyline of Mr. Flint and as mentioned it is very slow going compared with the huge output of the rest of the writers... Bring new mainline novels and stories out, cherry pick several side stories and forget about the rest and I think the series would be much stronger for it

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    From the Preface of Ring of Fire III: In one way or another, all of the stories in this volume open up or further develop various themes in the 1632 series. Flint's short novel (“Four Days on the Danube”) provides the sub-plot hinted at in 1636: The Saxon Uprising and serves as a bridge to the next novel in the series centered on Mike Stearns. Chuck Gannon’s story “Upward Mobility” comes just before Flint's because it provides some of the background for my story. Mercedes Lackey’s story “Dye Anothe From the Preface of Ring of Fire III: In one way or another, all of the stories in this volume open up or further develop various themes in the 1632 series. Flint's short novel (“Four Days on the Danube”) provides the sub-plot hinted at in 1636: The Saxon Uprising and serves as a bridge to the next novel in the series centered on Mike Stearns. Chuck Gannon’s story “Upward Mobility” comes just before Flint's because it provides some of the background for my story. Mercedes Lackey’s story “Dye Another Day” lays some of the basis for a novel she and Flint will be writing later in the series. Walter Hunt’s story “Les Ailes du Papillon” is connected to a novel that he and Flint are working on at the moment. And, as with Chuck Gannon’s other story, “Birds of a Feather,” it starts to bring the New World into the series. Panteleimon Roberts’ “Mir Arash Khan” and Kim Mackey’s “Salonica” do the same thing for the Ottoman Empire, which will also come to play a prominent role in the series as time goes on. The Far East has so far been almost completely absent in the 1632 series. Garrett Vance’s “All God’s Children in the Burning East” begins to change that situation. Other stories develop the series in still different ways. Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett’s “Royal Dutch Airlines” illustrates the ongoing development of air travel—as does Gannon’s “Upward Mobility.” David Carrico’s “Sweet Strings” continues his exploration of the impact of the Ring of Fire on music—and, at least indirectly, helps lay some of the basis for a novel he and Flint are writing entitled 1636: Symphony for the Devil. Aspects of Jewish history have been an important part of the series since the very beginning. Tim Roesch’s “Falser Messiah” continues in that tradition.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ken Kugler

    I have been in love with this series for 10 years now and look forward to every new book. Now that I got that love thing out of the way I can tell you that there are 21 short(mostly) stories in the volume. Most are a whole lot of fun and some are a little off for my taste. With alternative history there is always the chance for some startling changes for real life characters we are all familiar with. The one with Milton was one of my favorite and surely rolls with what can happen when the time l I have been in love with this series for 10 years now and look forward to every new book. Now that I got that love thing out of the way I can tell you that there are 21 short(mostly) stories in the volume. Most are a whole lot of fun and some are a little off for my taste. With alternative history there is always the chance for some startling changes for real life characters we are all familiar with. The one with Milton was one of my favorite and surely rolls with what can happen when the time line is being messed with. Another fun story was the "Sound of Sweet Strings: a Serenade in One movement". I thought that the story takes the banjo to great heights when in the 1600' it becomes a classical instrument when introduced to the right people. Can you imagine that!!! The thing about including all the different writers is that it goes in directions that you can see and can't. The world gets fleshed out but only by staying within the rules of this world.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Topher

    The continuing saga of Grantville. The Ring of Fire books (those with that title, not the series) are more connected than the Gazettes, but not as connected as, say, The Ram Rebellion. Some of the stories were good, and some of them were very good. I definitely enjoy this series, though my enjoyment has definitely morphed. Originally, it was the problem of survival in a time displacement; now, it is clear that the town is here to stay, and its a question of how will history change as a result of The continuing saga of Grantville. The Ring of Fire books (those with that title, not the series) are more connected than the Gazettes, but not as connected as, say, The Ram Rebellion. Some of the stories were good, and some of them were very good. I definitely enjoy this series, though my enjoyment has definitely morphed. Originally, it was the problem of survival in a time displacement; now, it is clear that the town is here to stay, and its a question of how will history change as a result of them being there, and the knowledge they bring with them.

  9. 4 out of 5

    James

    Another excellent entry to the 'Ring of Fire' canon. Stories from established authors like Eric Flint and Mercedes Lackey are supported by entries from less well known authors. If you were given the chance to read all the work you would write in the future, what would you do. This is the dilemma facing John Milton in Mark Huston's 'Milton's Choice'. Arrest on the orders of King Charles he is given the chance to read all his fututre work and asked to re-write two works critical of the King, or fac Another excellent entry to the 'Ring of Fire' canon. Stories from established authors like Eric Flint and Mercedes Lackey are supported by entries from less well known authors. If you were given the chance to read all the work you would write in the future, what would you do. This is the dilemma facing John Milton in Mark Huston's 'Milton's Choice'. Arrest on the orders of King Charles he is given the chance to read all his fututre work and asked to re-write two works critical of the King, or face execution. What would you do? Read the book to find out what Milton decided.

  10. 5 out of 5

    James

    Just started this book other than the first story it been very weak. Hopfully it well inprove as it goes along. There are some good storys in this book. Over all I gave it only 3 stars and very weak 3 stars. This book was not nearly as good as the early ones. Many of the stories did not grab you as the earlier books in the Ring of Fire did.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Leelan

    Wonderful! Except for about 25 missing pages. I've sent the book back to the seller since the manufacturer has not replied. I've been buying books since the second grade, maybe forty-six years now, and this is the first really defective book I've ever bought out of my library of over three thousand books. That's not too bad an average I think. Wonderful! Except for about 25 missing pages. I've sent the book back to the seller since the manufacturer has not replied. I've been buying books since the second grade, maybe forty-six years now, and this is the first really defective book I've ever bought out of my library of over three thousand books. That's not too bad an average I think.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    A very good update on lots of our characters. This world is moving very fast. I like what I see. The change of European historty is begining to show effects in other places around the world. I like it! Watch the skies above. Technology is coming.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    This a collection of short stories by top writers based on characters and events from the 1632 novel. All good, some better than others and n Eric's forward,it looks like there is plenty more to come as the new Grantville changed history expands to the far east and the Americas. This a collection of short stories by top writers based on characters and events from the 1632 novel. All good, some better than others and n Eric's forward,it looks like there is plenty more to come as the new Grantville changed history expands to the far east and the Americas.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bret

    I love the Ring of Fire universe but I found the short stories in this book to be more uneven than in the previous Ring of Fire anthologies. This felt more like a Grantville Gazette book than a Ring of Fire.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Though the multitude of characters is often bewildering in this series, this volume contains several excellent short stories that are largely tied together. It was enjoyable, and could even be enjoyed independently of other books in the series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth Waters

    I've always liked the 'Ring of Fire' universe, and this book is worth buying for the first story alone: Mercedes Lackey's "Dye Another Day." I've always liked the 'Ring of Fire' universe, and this book is worth buying for the first story alone: Mercedes Lackey's "Dye Another Day."

  17. 5 out of 5

    E Krieg

    Good collection.One story involving airships is great.This is still occuring around the 30 years War but there are changes.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stan Morris

    A solid book for this series and much better than the Grantville Gazette book. A lot of prologue for other novels and a good Eric Flint piece.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    A collection of tales set in the 1632 universe that fill in gaps in the main storyline. The last tale is crucial in filling in details in the sideshow that is Bohemia. Enjoy at your own risk.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bruce

    An excellent example of the second contemporary series that seems to defy degradation with extension.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia McIvers

    I read this book when it came out in 2011, and in context with the series, it was pretty good. Now, there are maybe three stories that are still good. The rest are... meh. Not bad, just boring.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gail Morris

    some of the stories were absolutely great, and

  23. 5 out of 5

    Paul Cassedy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  25. 5 out of 5

    Barbara A Hoch

  26. 4 out of 5

    Monica Boyd

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heather Wilke

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joe Simon

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kevin P

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dave Barnoske

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