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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:51 pm 
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Just wanted to thank everyone who attended last Thursday night for a very civilised, educational and pleasant evening.
I appreciated all your kind words and cogent advice and recommendations.
I like forward to the next meeting.

 Post subject: Garry?s notes from the INFINITAS Review Group meeting Feb 08
PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 7:22 pm 

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Present were:

April, Julianne, Mark, Garry Dalrymple, Daniella, Dr Kowalski and Tim.

Discussion of Temeraire by Naomi Novic and Company of the Dead by David Kowalski.

Both of the books discussed at this month's meeting were on an 'Alternate History' themes, although treated very differently. This meeting report is in two parts, for reasons that will become obvious shortly.

Temeraire is an Alternate History set during a Dragon fixated Napoleonic Wars period (spot the POD) this book is part of a series. Mark read books one and two to try to understand it better, but ended up not liking it. The story line is; an intercepted ship is found to be carrying a dragon egg of a previously unknown type, intended as a gift to Emperor Napoleon of France. On hatching, as dragons do, it fixates on a promising young British Naval officer. Effectively terminating his naval career by means of a transfer to the lower status 'Air Wing', presumably the Commonwealth Dragon Detachment? The writer makes great efforts to quarantine the causality effects of there being 'real', jumbo jet sized dragons playing a part in military history! A bit of a stretch I would have thought. Danielle liked it, impressed by the 'out of station' life experiences caused by the point of view character's reluctant involvement with dragons and the turns of circumstances resulting. Cheryl Morgan (Emerald City) has reviewed the book and likens it to Hornblower meets The Dragon riders of Pern. Probably not a book for everyone, unless you like both Dragon and Military SF stories!

Company of the Dead by David Kowalski

This book sets up its Alternate History Point of Departure being the supply of a pair of infrared binoculars to the lookout man on the Titanic. John Astor did not die with the Titanic, he goes on to becomes US President. In this new reality, the US and the UK are estranged by the Titanic incident, and there are Aircraft carrier Airships! It is an enormously long book, a first book by its author.
Mark and Tim read it and enjoyed it greatly, in spite of the length and complexity of the story they could see no parts that could be edited out without lessening the impact of the whole book. Time travel / causality effects are played straight in the story, circular time effects include a gun that is in two places at once. The battle scenes are scarce, but they have an authenticity as feelings and emotions are fully explored.

Just as we had just about run out of steam (part way through page two of my notes) in discussing this book we received a 'house call'. Dr Kowalski turned up at the bookshop in surgical scrubs from Westmead Hospital, available (between contractions) to talk about his book and his experiences in writing it!

Three more pages of notes were to follow.
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 Post subject: Tangent discussions inspired by the book
PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 7:28 pm 

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If the Titanic missed the Iceberg and does not sink, the subsequent loss of life during during WW1 at sea would be worse, because they never would have got round to providing enough lifeboats, as they did, after the preventable loss of life when the Titanic sank!
Also discussed: Did the outbreak of the Spanish Flu effectively end WW1?

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