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How Few Remain pdf How Few Remain, ebook How Few Remain, epub How Few Remain, doc How Few Remain, e-pub How Few Remain, How Few Remain 4e7cde5795e From The Master Of Alternate History Comes An Epic Of The Second Civil War It Was An Epoch Of Glory And Success, Of Disaster And Despair A Generation After The South Won The Civil War, America Writhed Once In The Bloody Throes Of Battle Furious Over The Annexation Of Key Mexican Territory, The United States Declared Total War Against The Confederate States Of America Once Again But This Was A New Kind Of War, Fought On A Lawless Frontier Where The Blue And Gray Battled Not Only Each Other But The Apache, The Outlaw, The French, And The English As Confederate General Stonewall Jackson Again Demonstrated His Military Expertise, The North Struggled To Find A Leader Who Could Prove His Equal In The Second War Between The States, The Times, The Stakes, And The Battle Lines Had Changed And So Would History


10 thoughts on “How Few Remain

  1. says:

    1.5 stars Pretty well written, but DRY as a desert Great setting for the future novels but this book was a SLOG, SLOG, SLOG to get through I will probably read the next book in the series at some point because I love the premise and I am obviously a glutton for punishment but I did not really like this one Nominee Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1999


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    RE READ REVIEW I m not sure what motivated me to read this one again As you can see by my review below, I was bored to tears by it the first time around I guess I just had a nagging feeling I didn t approach it correctly or expected something different Not hurting matters is the fact that I already bought the second book in the series and its concept WW1 fought between the CSA and USA is a great one Well, it certainly was of a fun read this time around It s just not really about action or excitement but exploring the alternative history of the series in an almost academic way while spending time with real historical figures like a pre Mark Twain Sam Clemens, Stonewall Jackson, Frederick Douglass, and best of all, Abraham Lincoln obviously Booth had no reason to kill poor Honest Abe in this timeline because the south won the civil war To kind of digress a bit, how much of a pussy move was assassinating Lincoln It was like a boxer sucker punching his opponent after he s lost the match and the other guy has his back turned It s still not a fantastic read, but I m glad I gave it another shot.PS I really didn t need to read and imagine a scene of Custer blowing a load on some woman s stomach, though Honestly Turtledove, what the fuck.ORIGINAL REVIEW It really sucks when your relationship with a book devolves to the point of it sullenly dwelling in the loser s spot at the bottom of the stack on the nightstand, bookmark dwelling in the halfway point like a jilted lover unwilling to let go, just gathering dustand I got pretty rapidly to that point with this one, which totally blows because I totally love the concept and already fuckin bought the second bookhonestly, how was I not supposed to American WW1 fought between the Confederacy and US I was basically obligated to I still might read it, but this one was definitely a no go for me It committed the cardinal sin of a novel it s boring It stupefies me as to how a book centering around a bloody rematch between the States could be boring, but I swear by the Gods it is It really is.The characters are all historical figures, and while Turtledove has done his research and can cleverly throw in true traits of the character like Jackson and his lemons they just don t do entertaining stuff Lincoln spends most of the book hanging out with Mormonsthey get all rebel y later on but it s not fun stuff The war scenes were terminally dull, which is weird because all the shooting and explosions in Guns of the South were neat, vivid and gripping It just wasn t good times for me Also, Turtledove s Confederate hero worship is getting annoying view spoiler I was irritated that the Confederates won, which is probably a petty complaint but still I m aware that most academics believe the heart of the Civil War was about states rights, but that doesn t mean I have to give a shit or sympathize If those states are engaging in slavery they gotta go Turtledove seems bent on insisting that the Confederates were good guys, but even he ended this by saying Yeah they began manumission nationwide but only because the UK and France demanded it If the Confederates don t get thrashed in the next book I m done Also, making Custer into a badass hero was unforgivable hide spoiler


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    This book really made me think I d read one of his other novels, Guns of the South, in which time travellers bring the AK 47 to the Confederacy, allowing them to win the Civil War.This novel was quite different It starts with a simple premise what if Lee s orders hadn t been lost and recovered by the North In Turtledove s eyes, it allowed the South to pull off a win, and backed by the recognition of the British and French governments, were able to establish and solidify the Confederate States of America This novel begins with the Empire of Mexico making an offer of land to the CSA, which the USA opposses The CSA s acceptance of the offer is what strkes off the Second War between the States, or what would be the Mexican American war Many familiar historical figures appear in the novel Teddy Roosevelt as a young man in the Montana territories, George Custer, the ousted former President Lincoln, Frederick Douglas and others What really made me think in this novel was the roll of agressor and defender nations The USA strikes first against the CSA, responding to a land deal they don t agree with for geo political reasons As much as I disagree with some of the policies of the CSA namely Slavery , I was much sympathetic to the plight of the CSA than I expected going into the novel, because it appeared to me, that the USA was interfering in a matter that they had no business really getting involved in.Of course, throughout the course of the novel are other sub plots The Mormons in Utah stir up trouble while the USA goverment is distracted Sam Clemens in San Francisco sits back and editorializes Lincoln becomes a outspoken proponent of worker s rights and tries to stir up some Socialist movements through his lectures as part of an effort to revitalize the Republican party, suffering due to two lost wars at the end of the novel If alternative history appeals, I d recommend this book The politics are interesting enough to allow someone to reconsider some of their moral views, as I did There s also plenty of action though not much romance, though there are several mentions of sexual relationships.


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    I consider myself a Civil War history nut One of the things that has always fascinated me is the fact that there are SO many what ifs So many things happened, as if by chance, that if they wouldn t have occurred the way they did, the entire war might have ended differently What if Lost Order No 191 was never lost and What if Stonewall Jackson had lived are two big ones many people have wondered about Here Harry Turtledove examines what might have happened if the Lost Order was never lost, and I have to say it was very interesting How Few Remain is a very long very detailed read It is not a pageturner, and frankly, I don t think it was meant to be You ll want to take your time with this one, so that you can ruminate over all the implications of this alternate history That being said, I did take 2 months to read this, but truth be told, I didn t really touch it at all for the month of January due to our move Anyway, back to the book I cannot stress enough how pleasantly surprised I was When my husband bought me this for Christmas, I was expecting some alt history stressing how the South should have won how the South will rise again I was SO wrong I m so glad to say I really loved this Part of what I loved was all of the different characters that the story followed There really wasn t one that I disliked, although I did think Custer was an asshat I think all the different perspectives really lent themselves to making the story unbiased, and I really appreciated that Not only that, but each character s story was well fleshed out at least to me, entirely believable Besides the characters, that was my favorite part of this book If I didn t already have a pretty solid grasp of Civil War history, I could have almost sworn I was reading a historical narrative Turtledove is crazy smart he doesn t just tell you that history is different than what you know he backs it up fleshes it out makes you believe it Add to that the sprinkling of real history easter eggs, and I just through this book was a blast book to read My husband is a history nerd too, and I had so much fun discussing different plot points with him as I read That all being said, I now come to why this got a 4 star rating instead of 5 stars I m not quite sure how to explain this I LOVE character driven stories, they are my favorite But in this book about the Second War Between the States, I got this feeling that the war took a backburner to the characters When I look back on the book in its entirety, the war looks like one big battle siege a couple of minor British bombardments Maybe I m just comparing to the actual American Civil War, but it just wasn t satisfying, although I see how it sets up for the first World War Which brings me to my next point, I m not really content with the ending I was until I saw that the next book in the series begins 30 years after this one ends Here s hoping for some resolution in the next book, maybe All in all, I thought this was a fascinating book I had a great time reading it I would definitely recommend it to history fans that aren t opposed to alt history, but I don t think this book is for everyone I m looking forward to the rest of the series.


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    This is the first book in Harry Turtledove s alternate history TL 191 Timeline 191 series, which consists of this stand alone volume, plus two further trilogies, the American Front series and the American Empire series.The premise is that Special Order 191 thus TL 191 by General Robert Lee was not lost as in actual history, but was put into action and caused the defeat of Union forces Ultimately this caused the recognition of the Confederacy by Great Britain and France, creating two major American powers in North America.The main narrative of the novel takes place almost 20 years after the American Civil War and Southern independence The Confederate purchase of two Mexican provinces Mexico is an empire under emperor Maximilian in this timeline and has provinces rather than states , which breaks the US lock on access to the Pacific Ocean, causes another war between the USA and the CSA Various characters from actual history appear in the story, from Sam Clemens a reporter in San Francisco to Teddy Roosevelt an enthusiastic volunteer soldier to a disgraced Abraham Lincoln now a socialist agitator to an unscalped George Custer still a cavalry officer As the story flows on, new technologies and new alliances change the face of war and the continent.This book is fairly typical Harry Turtledove His grasp of history allows detailed descriptions of changed events and places, and the narrative covers both high level strategic decisions and everyday lives of regular people Unlike some of his other works, the number of viewpoint characters is large enough to provide variety, but not so large that they become unwieldy All in all, this is a good start to a classic series.


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    At first I was disappointed that the book focused almost exclusively on historical people, because I was interested in imagining what life would be like for the common person if the South had won the Civil War But I soon realized that the people who were made famous in our history weren t necessarily rising to fame in this alternative history Where would Mark Twain be without a defeated South A newspaper editor in San Francisco Where would Lincoln be if the North hadn t defeated the South Alive and disgraced, trying to redirect the attention of the Republican party.Apart from the unnecessary sex scenes who cares, anyway , I find this to be an intriguing concept pulled off in a realistic way.


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    I recently started listening to books on CD in my car The second one I worked through is How Few Remain, which is an alternate history novel based on the assumption that the South won the Civil War First of all, I have a problem with the plausibility of the premise I don t think one minor event as in the book could have changed the course of the war I think the industrial might of the North pre determined the outcome I was glad to see an essay in the book Alternate Gettysburgs from a professional historian which supported this point of view Still, it s interesting to think What If Warning, spoilers follow This book is set in 1881, just after the USA has finally elected another Republican president The Confederate States of America decide to purchase two Mexican provinces from the Empire of Mexico Lack of a strong USA has let French interference in Mexico persist The USA, fearful of a stronger CSA stretching to the Pacific, declares war The book is the story of the war told by looks at various famous people Abraham Lincoln, George Custer, Samuel Clemens, Stonewall Jackson, Jeb Stuart, Teddy Roosevelt and a few .It was definitely well researched, and I found it all very plausible, except for the whole idea that the North wouldn t wipe the floor with the South Then again, with the CSA having English and French allies, the balance is tipped against the USA One thing I noticed is that the author takes a lot of care only to include things that would follow from the premise nothing too unexpected ever happens This is good for the believability, but takes something away from the excitement in the novel Also, some of the details can be a little bit mind numbing Yes, Germans would be puzzled by American idioms No, that doesn t need to be mentioned every time it happens These flaws, however, are less of an issue for a book on CD, when I also have my fellow motorists to entertain me.In my view, the major flaw was the sex scenes Having a guy affecting a 19th century way of talking read you descriptions of Sam Clemens, George Custer and Teddy Roosevelt doing the wild thing is not an experience I recommend to you Thankfully, that only occurred three times in the entire 21 CD book.I did worry a little bit about potential pro South bias in the book They were the ones with slaves, which in my mind makes them the bad guys I don t think there was any the author also, I must admit, a professional historian was following the original idea to its logical conclusion The book did end with the CSA winning they got to keep part of Mexico, and the Brits annexed part of Maine But that just made me want to read the next book so I could hear the USA get revenge I hope RememberMaine


  8. says:

    A highly enjoyable and thoroughly researched alt history jaunt that explores the repercussions of a Confederate victory during the Civil War The book jumps between perspectives on both sides of the conflict, and is wonderfully nuanced People are people, and are complex creatures though Custer is the easiest one to hate, no question I do wish there had been some female perspectives as well, but I understand why there were not because of the tight military and political focus, mostly on men who survived the previous conflict or on rising stars, such as Theodore Roosevelt Since I wrote about Roosevelt in my own alt history series, I especially enjoyed Turtledove s take on the impetuous young civilian using his wealth and charisma to gather a volunteer troop almost twenty years in advance of when he actually assembled his Rough Riders.


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    All fiction asks what if What if a boy named Huck Finn ran away with a slave named Jim and sailed the Mississippi Science Fiction and Fantasy do this to an even greater extent What if a scientist was able to re animate a human corpse using lightning Within Sci Fi Fantasy the sub genre of Alternative History takes actual events from History and asks what if they had happened differently What if Hitler s Germany had won World War II Harry Turtledove is considered the master of Alternative History and in this novel he asks What if The North rises again in the stunning saga of the Second Civil War It s been a generation since the South defeated the North in the Civil War, and a disgraced Abraham Lincoln now roams the United States preaching the gospel of socialism Meanwhile, the Confederate States have purchased territories from the Empire of Mexico This would extend the CSA s rule from the Atlantic to the Pacific and the United States decides that they should not be allowed to expand, and thus begins the Second Civil War Many familiar names appear as the story unfolds George Armstrong Custer patrols the frontier of Kansas using the new fangled Gatling guns against the Indians General Stonewall Jackson is the supreme military commander of the Confederate forces and directs the Battle of St Louis Frederick Douglas is a journalist from Rochester, New York who travels to the dangerous border covering the war J.E.B Stuart leads the CSA forces in the newly annexed south west territories and Samuel Langhorne Clemens is the editor of a newspaper in San Francisco with a loving wife and two children The characters are all as vivid as one could hope for and the action of the war both on and off the battlefield moves the story along keeping the reader wondering what happened next.I m a huge Sci Fi Fantasy reader, but have never been much into Alternative History for some reason Also, I must admit that I have been reluctant to try Mr Turtledove due to my own preconceived notions You see, being from the North, I was never very interested in a story in which the South won the Civil War I now freely admit how wrong I was this novel was thoroughly enjoyable If you like Historical Fiction, then chances are good that you ll enjoy Harry Turtledove s exploration of what if there were a second Civil War in the 1880s I listened to this book on audio, and while it took me a while to finish it 21 CDs , I enjoyed listening to the talented and prolific George Guidall As of this writing, there s even an excerpt from this audio book on George s website One of the hallmarks of great fiction speculative, or otherwise is that it makes you stop and think and maybe even reconsider what you thought about the given subject How Few Remain certainly made me reconsider my views of the historical figures and events surrounding the Civil War.


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    Alternate history is such a complicated but interesting field of writing I love imagining the world as it might have been, and from Turtledove s wild flights of fantasy The World War II series where aliens invade in 1942, for instance to his pointed, alternate for the sake of reading historical figures pieces like the excellent Guns of the South he proves himself a thorough historian and an imaginative fiction writer.I have my issues with the way Turtledove likes to write from so many perspectives, but appreciate the wide view it gives us, even if some very interesting characters seem to suffer for it Poor Sherman in this novel and perhaps even tragic, poor General Grant I am torn between his fate in the novel or in real life being worse This is a book that reads history in a way that has the US building on the weaknesses it learned from the early years of the Civil War instead of the lessons it would learn in the latter years, once the army found its footing and importantly, its general While some of the lines of history here dragged specifically that of JEB Stuart toward the end, in my opinion and while I have never really LOVED his portrayals of Lincoln, this story is competently written, with only the weaknesses of his somewhat jumpy storytelling to make me complain I wish we would have had a greater sense of the larger war instead of such small, tantalizing pieces, but perhaps this is all we get The war itself is pondering, and perhaps that is why I feel the story is somewhat pondering at times too The tension of a war desperately fought is absent, and the lack of soldier perspectives which Turtledove so frequently uses in his other stories leaves us largely outside of combat The whole war is believable just sometimes unsatisfying Still, Mark Twain is witty, Teddy Roosevelt is heroic, and Custer is a giant, blustering piece of shit Frederick Douglass is desperate in a world where forward momentum against slavery is slow, and where the South is shored up by allies in Europe The potential of this universe, so fully realized and researched, interests me the most The Great War American Front promises to be even interesting, and perhaps my frustration with the Army of the Potomac will see some relief when Roosevelt gets old enough to fight like hell from the steps of the White house, and not just the empty fields of Montana circa 1881 If you liked this book, Turtledove s Guns of the South is a must read as are Bernard Cornwell s Arthur novels, as long as you like swords as much as you like muskets and tredegars.


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