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Bitter Seeds (Milkweed) [Kindle Edition]

Ian Tregillis
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Praise for "Bitter Seeds"

"A major talent." --George R. R. Martin

"Exciting and intense... The clash of magic and (mad) science meshes perfectly with the tumultuous setting." --"Publishers Weekly"

"A white-knuckle plot, beautiful descriptions, and complex characters--an unstoppable Vickers of a novel." --Cory Doctorow

""Bitter Seeds" may rival Naomi Novik's Tales of Temeraire as a sustained historical fantasy."
--"Booklist"

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A major talent ... I can't wait to see more George R. R. Martin, author of A Game of Thrones Mad English warlocks battling twisted Nazi psychics? Yes please, thank you. Tregillis's debut has a white-knuckle plot, beautiful descriptions, and complex characters - an unstoppable Vickers of a novel Cory Doctorow Tregillis delivers a dynamite first novel in Bitter Seeds SFREVU Bitter Seeds shines in its characters about which we get to care a lot, and in the style which is just superb ... the one novel of 2010 I would recommend to anyone who believes that speculative fiction cannot compete with "literary" novels FANTASY BOOK CRITIC A damned entertaining novel. If Bitter Seeds is any indication of what's to come, then Tregillis will have a fertile writing career. The novel receives my highest recommendations SFFWORLD Bitter Seeds is nothing short of an awesome read as far as I'm concerned. It's a testament to what Tregillis has done here that I'm already of the opinion that he keeps writing then I'll keep reading his work. Can you tell I'm excited? Read Bitter Seeds and you'll see why. GRAEME'S FANTASY BOOK REVIEW An excellent first book, and I am eagerly awaiting number two Elizabeth Bear Bitter Seeds is an incredible debut that Tregillis should be very noted for. It blends a hodgepodge of literary genius, horror, paranormal and history with some amazing dark tones and incredibly believable, tragically flawed characters ... This is easily one of the most impressive debut works I've read BOOKWORM BLUES

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 480 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 416 Seiten
  • Verlag: Tor Books; Auflage: Reprint (13. April 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003GWX8JE
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Spannend, aber keineswegs bahnbrechend 7. Dezember 2010
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Die größte Hürde, die man beim Genießen dieses Buches überwinden muss, ist, dass Bitter Seeds 'Alternate History' ist, was so viel heißen soll wie, dass es keine pathetischen, epischen Geschichts-Motive in Sachen 2. Weltkrieg und Ähnlichem gibt in diesem Buch. Eher leichtfertig und der Spannung einer guten Fantasy-Erzählung unterworfen betrachtet man den Hintergrund des 2. Weltkriegs in der Erzählung. Natürlich ist dies in keinster Weise auf eine Art gemacht wurden, die man als ignorant oder naiv bezeichnen sollte. Aber es ist ganz klar zu sehen, wo die Prioritäten des Buches lagen - und es war nicht, ein Historien-Roman des 2. Weltkriegs zu sein.
Für ein Erstlings-Werk sehr gut geschrieben in Charakterisierung und Ambiente und die Ideen hinter der Story sind auch gut eingebracht wurden, wenn auch ein wenig die Materie der Ideen zu wünschen übrig lässt (kein philosophischer, okkulter, wissenschaftlicher Tiefsinn in der Darstellung des Übernatürlichen).
Warum dann also vier von fünf Sterne? Weil 1. das Buch trotz aller Makel gut geschrieben ist, 2. das Buch den ersten Teil in einer Reihe von Büchern darstellt und 3. weil es endlich mal ein 'Alternate History'-Buch des 2. Weltkriegs war, dass nicht die üblichen Motive anspricht, die man nahezu immer hat, wenn es um den 2. Weltkrieg geht.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Britische Magier vs. germanische Übermenschen 4. Oktober 2012
Von Erinome
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Der MI6-Spion Raybould Marsh hat 1939 im vom Bürgerkrieg gezeichneten Spanien eine seltsame Begegnung mit einer verstörenden Frau, aus deren Kopf Kabel kommen und die ihn zu kennen scheint, obwohl er sie zuvor noch nie gesehen hat. Marsh ahnt es noch nicht, aber die Deutschen haben nach jahrelangen, grausamen Experimenten Menschen mit übernatürlichen Fähigkeiten erschaffen. Diese germanischen Übermenschen sollen die Deutschen nun zum Sieg führen und Großbritannien hat bald unter nicht enden wollenden Angriffen zu leiden. In seiner Verzweiflung wendet sich Marsh an seinen alten Schulfreund Will Beauclerk, der von seinem Großvater zu einem Magier ausgebildet wurde. Zögerlich verspricht Will seine Hilfe, er ist jedoch nicht glücklich darüber. Denn jede Magie hat einen hohen Preis, der schnell weiter und weiter ansteigt und die Briten Kopf und Kragen kosten könnte.

Wer in BITTER SEEDS wildes Schlachtengetümmel und nonstop Action erwartet, wird vermutlich herb enttäuscht werden. Obwohl vor allem die deutschen Übermenschen ihre Fähigkeiten mehrmals einsetzen und auch die britischen Magier öfter im Einsatz sind, stehen die Charaktere des Romans und deren Entwicklung eindeutig im Vordergrund. Es wird auch kaum auf historische Details des Zweiten Weltkriegs eingegangen, Ian Tregillis nützt diesen Zeitabschnitt nur als Kulisse und baut seine eigene Alternate History auf. Wer also großen Wert auf historische Genauigkeit legt, sollte hier ebenfalls vorsichtig sein.
In BITTER SEEDS gibt es drei Hauptfiguren: Marsh, Will und Klaus. Marsh ist völlig auf das Ziel, die Deutschen unschädlich zu machen, fokussiert und er ist ein Mann der Tat.
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Damit hat man das Buch schon ziemlich beschrieben. Teil 1 in einer Trilogie (was zu erwarten war) handelt im zweiten Weltkrieg. Die bösen Deutschen gegen die geknechteten Briten.

Leider hängen die Figuren in ihren Stereotypen fest, die deutsche Sprache wurde zwar anscheinend einmal von jemandem gelesen, der Deutsch spricht, aber so ganz stimmig ist das Ganze nicht. Man hat den Verdacht, der Autor hätte seine Recherchen in der Wikipedia durchgeführt, dazu noch einige Kriegsfilme gesehen und das Ganze in ein Buch verwandelt. (Erinnert das an Dan Brown? Irgendwie schon.)

Trotzdem sicher ein nettes Buch für Steampunk-Fans - und die eine oder andere interessante Idee hatte der Autor schon.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A flawed but ultimately likeable debut 24. August 2010
Von A. Whitehead - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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1939. In the closing weeks of the Spanish Civil War, British intelligence agent Raybould Marsh is dispatched to meet an informant who claims to have vital information about some of Nazi Germany's top-secret weapons being field-tested in the conflict. The informant explodes in front of Marsh with no apparent cause. As the clock ticks down to war between Britain and Germany, it is discovered that Germany has developed technology that can turn certain, gifted individuals into super-beings, people who can turn invisible, manipulate fire or even predict the future.

Britain's fortunes in the war turn sour as the Germans seem to be constantly one step ahead of them, destroying the transports carrying out the evacuation of Dunkirk and striking down the radar towers that will be needed to protect the country from Luftwaffe bombing. But Britain is not completely unprotected, and the newly-formed Milkweed organisation has resources to call upon which dwarf even the powers of the German ubermensch. But these powers are not to be summoned lightly...

Bitter Seeds is Ian Tregillis' debut novel and is a brash, refreshing alt-history which sees Nazi superhumans and British warlocks battling to the death during WWII. It's a cool premise, generally well-handled with a large and complex story being effectively told through a small number of POV characters on both sides. However, if the story sounds too big to be contained within a single volume, you would be right. In an increasingly annoying trend in modern SFF publishing, Bitter Seeds is the first novel in a trilogy (dubbed The Milkweed Triptych) despite this fact not being mentioned anywhere on the cover or inside the book. The story doesn't come to an end or really any kind of conclusion, just screeches to a halt 350 pages in with a number of stories broken off mid-flow. The follow-up volumes will be entitled The Coldest War and Necessary Evil.

That out the way, Bitter Seeds works successfully on a number of levels. Characters are drawn pretty well, with British secret agent Raybould Marsh being an effective central character, driven by passion and rage, whilst his amateur magician friend, Will Beauclerk, makes a good foil for him. Will's story assumes greater importance as the novel proceeds, culminating in some shocking moments near the end of the book that hint that his role in the sequels will be very interesting indeed. The opposing characters, such as Klaus and his River Tam-like sister Gretel, are also intriguing characters, although the way Tregillis handles Gretel's potentially tension-destroying prescience (by making her a whimsical fruitcake who sometimes lets the Nazis lose battles due to the callings of A Higher Plan) seems to be dramatically unsatisfying, with Gretel working as a constant deus ex machina-in-residence, who may or may not defeat our heroes' plans at the whim of the author.

Elsewhere, Tregillis has done his homework, with WWII Britain described in convincing detail and atmosphere, even if the book's (relatively) slim page count means that some elements need to be skipped or drawn only in broad strokes. His alteration of history is well-conceived but is a little inconsistent: at first it appears that the Nazi superhumans will be providing explanations for real oddities in the war (like the ease with which the German armoured columns passed through the supposedly impenetrable Ardennes Forest), but later the outcome and course of the war shifts very dramatically away from the historical, and in fact becomes credence-stretching by the time we get to the end of the novel. This is fair in that it reflects the tone and plot of the novel, as supernatural forces become increasingly prevalent in their impact on the world, but those who prefer their alt-history to be more closely tied to real events may be underwhelmed as the book deviates radically from established history by the end.

Tregillis has a nice way with words, particularly in descriptive prose, but this is inconsistent. Nice, flowing prose is replaced by a more prosaic, infodump-heavy mode with little forewarning, increasingly favouring the latter as the novel progresses. This is disappointing as Tregellis' writing is what lifts the book above more plot-driven WWII alt-histories by the likes of Harry Turtledove and John Birmingham, but as the book continues to unfold his prose becomes more ordinary and less engaging.

All of that said, the book is short, fast-paced and, for all its faults, remains something of a page-turner. It is the finely-judged character interrelationships, particularly the increasingly tense friendship between Raybould and Will and the fraught sibling relationship of Klaus and Gretel, which defines the novel and leaves the reader eager to read on into the next novel.

Bitter Seeds (***) fails to live up to its full potential, but remains an effective and readable debut novel. It is available now in the USA and on import in the UK.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderfully complex 19. April 2010
Von Susan Loyal - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Ian Tregillis' stunning debut novel, Bitter Seeds, escapes categories and defies description. It's an alternate history of World War II, in which the Germans truly develop "supermen," battery-powered, and in which the beleaguered British secretly call on malevolent powers beyond our space/time to defend their island, paying in blood. Tregillis bases his fantastic elements so thoroughly in philosophical, scientific, and occult preoccupations from the mid-20th century, however, that the novel reads almost like mainstream historical fiction. The echoing footsteps in the halls of the Admiralty after the blackout curtains have been drawn might almost be sounding in C.P. Snow's Strangers and Brothers novels. Indeed, the escalating cost of defending Britain, though expressed as dark fantasy, resonates strongly of the desperate race to develop a nuclear bomb that Snow recounts in his novel The New Men.The New Men (Strangers and Brothers)

Our primary viewpoint characters are Klaus, proud of his successful engineering as a superman but increasingly haunted by the process, and Raybould Marsh, an intelligence officer who would have preferred to be in an Alan Furst novel. As Marsh begins to grasp how much the Gotterelektrongruppe changes the nature of the war, he turns to William Beauclerk, whose grandfather taught him a secret language that allows negotiation with the Eidolon--a language Will would much rather forget. The internal conflicts that drive the main characters make them complex and interesting. Additionally, both Klaus and Marsh come to realize that they are being manipulated by Klaus' precognitive sister, Gretel, who has her own enigmatic agenda.

The plot runs like an advanced-level ski slope with perfect snow, and the novel can be thoroughly enjoyed just at that level. We are left in the end with a question that drives deeper, however. When you have done the unbearable to keep others from doing the unthinkable, who have you become?

Bitter Seeds is the first volume of the Milkweed Triptych. I strongly recommend it and eagerly await volume two, The Coldest War.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen entertaining action-packed alternate historical thriller 17. April 2010
Von Harriet Klausner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Wanting to build a superman and superwoman, German scientist Dr. von Westarp chooses WWI German orphans as his base for his experiments. Although many die and others are deformed, by 1939 the mad scientist has succeed in constructing his master race. However as WW II breaks out, he plans to use them to insure The Third Reich is victorious and remains in power for a thousand years. However, one of the successful test subjects Klaus fears his sister Gretel is using her precognitive skills to manipulate the team, but what agenda is remains unclear.

Meanwhile British secret agent Raybould Marsh, who has his own father figure in Stephenson, knows first hand how powerful the enemy supervillains are as the German war machine blitzkriegs through all enemies. He enlists mage Will Beauclerk to help the British side, whose chances of victory seem slim. Will brings on allies from the warlock community including Olivia whom Marsh marries and has a daughter with her. When he ignores the warning not to deal with the mysterious Eidelons who will offer little and demand a lot, Will sees no other hope as the Germans are winning in the air, land and sea due to being the superpower.

Although the cast is never fully developed beyond comic book stereotypes, readers will enjoy this entertaining action-packed alternate historical thriller. With homage to Moore's Watchmen, fans of action-packed WWII dramas will appreciate the loaded Bitter Seeds as superpower German warriors battle the mages of Britain for control of the continent and ultimately the world.

Harriet Klausner
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Conflicted, not in a good way 8. Juni 2010
Von Jennifer L. Rinehart - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The story starts out pretty great. I'd put it at the top of my imaginary list of the best first chapters I've read this year. But from the second chapter out it lags. I wanted to love this story. I got so excited when I read about this book on a favorite fantasy blog. I ran up to my husband with excited squeals of, well, excitement, 'there's a book coming out that has nazi super villains against British warlocks, yeahhh!' He gave me a bored look and quoted a list of comic book storylines similar to this, but I didn't care (and kinda didn't believe him) because the plot sounded so inspired and fun to me.

It isn't fun and all it inspired me to do was to reread The Lies of Locke Lamora and The Hobbit to minimize my disappointment.

Don't get me wrong, this is as fabulous a story as you will ever read, but actually following the story is terribly dull.

Let's start with the main characters; Marsh and Will.

Marsh, who is stereotypically stolid, brave and strong (also, a real hit with the ladies) has a romance with Olivia (which is skipped, of course). Romance being a no no in stories about WWII and other action-y stuff. I can accept that, but the long build up before Marsh actually does anything besides mention how mysterious things are, was boring. I have a low tolerance for the big B and wading through dull meetings between, Will and Marsh. Marsh and his contact at the War Office, Marsh and the dude who gave him a ride, was as blah as it sounds.

Now onto to Will. Will is a peer of the realm, (for some bizarro reason I kept thinking of Ashley from Gone With the Wind, but that's just me, I'm sure he was more manly than Scarlett's forbidden love). He's also pretty fly with the girls and has a family with a mysterious talent who he's had a falling out with for reasons that are hinted at until almost the middle of the book.

The story shows signs of nonsensical delays as you get hints about warlocks, but nothing definitive about what they are, what they can do and why the hell they haven't offered to help before now.

On the plus side, the super powered nazi kids are much better represented, I didn't have to stop and think to figure out who was who when the story flipped over to their part. I even felt bad for them, they had such an exploited and tortuous life. Their part of the story was much more interesting and dare I say, exciting?

Anyway, I guess you should read this book for yourself. My complaints are more of a stylistic nature than a content problem. I like a little more spice to my books and this just didn't do it for me.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Great premise, so so execution 17. September 2010
Von D. Roland Hess - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was completely jazzed about the premise, but leery because of some of the reviews. I ordered it anyway.

The premise is just too good and promising for what actually happens in the book. I found quite frequently that Tregillis was showing me parts of the action that I really didn't care about, and but only summarizing or alluding to the things I would rather have seen. I found myself *wanting* to like this book a lot more than I actually like it.

I disagree with the other reviewers who slammed the character development. It was okay. It's obviously not Thomas Hardy, but it's not Sidney Sheldon either. I think the problem some people are experiencing with the characterization is a side effect of the author's poor choices in what to highlight and show from an action stand point.

I'm also not sure why I didn't realize that this was the first book of a trilogy, but I went into it expecting a stand alone story. Unless reviews of future installations are significantly better, I won't be purchasing the next two volumes.
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