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The Peshawar Lancers de S. M. Stirling
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The Peshawar Lancers (edició 2003)

de S. M. Stirling (Autor)

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In the mid-1870s, a violent spray of comets hits Earth, decimating cities, erasing shorelines, and changing the world's climate forever. And just as Earth's temperature dropped, so was civilization frozen in time. Instead of advancing technologically, humanity had to piece itself back together . . . In the twenty-first century, boats still run on steam, messages arrive by telegraph, and the British Empire, with its capital now in Delhi, controls much of the world. The other major world leader is the Czar of All the Russias. Everyone predicts an eventual, deadly showdown. But no one can predict the role that one man, Captain Athelstane King, reluctant spy and hero, will play . . .… (més)
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Títol:The Peshawar Lancers
Autors:S. M. Stirling (Autor)
Informació:Ace (2003), Edition: Reissue, 496 pages
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Etiquetes:alternate history, first print, Paperback

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The Peshawar Lancers de S. M. Stirling

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    King of the Khyber Rifles de Talbot Mundy (bespen)
    bespen: Stirling wrote something of a spiritual successor to Mundy's book set in an alternate timeline. The protagonist of Stirling's book is a descendant of Athelstan King.
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Es mostren 1-5 de 15 (següent | mostra-les totes)
This is a book you should not miss. ( )
  mirihawk | May 21, 2020 |
It's more 3.5 stars, but GoodReads doesn't do half stars.

I liked it - it's just that I have his other works to compare it to, and it's not quite up to their high standard. Still, a fun romp with engaging characters and an interesting world concept. ( )
  ranaverde | Dec 24, 2018 |
This was a delightful romp of steampunk, alternative history, action adventure and it was funny in places too. I chuckled over the bit where one character enjoys reading speculative novels about how history might have turned out if meteors hadn't hit in 1878 - but its a guilty habit and she doesn't like to admit it. Stirling applies a lighter touch (or some more ruthless editing) than he has in previous books.

This one kept me happily turning the pages of my kobo, enjoying some victorian-flavoured alternate history. Extra points awarded for being 100% zombie and vampires free. ( )
  MsMaison | Dec 5, 2017 |
neat story and good characters ( )
  longhorndaniel | Jul 19, 2017 |
My reaction to reading this novel in 2005.

Stirling thinks through the consequences of his alternate history. The point of divergence is a series of commentary impacts, mostly in the northern hemisphere, in 1878.

American civilization is wiped out. The British Isles are all but denuded of people. Prime Minister Disraeli marshals an exodus of the most important people, cultural knowledge, and technology and sends it to India. France is also wiped out but French culture lives on in Northern Africa. Islam is resurgent across the Middle East and Balkans. Russia has turned into a country of nominal Satan worshippers. Japan and China have combined. The Angrezi Raj, the cultural fusion of British and Indian culture, inherits the British empires (including new outposts in North America.)

The exposition is mostly in the first 60 pages of the book in which Stirling throws around a lot Indian/Hindu terms. He gets around to religious issues (basically the Anglican Church has accepted a lot of the Hindu gods and goddesses as versions of the Trinity) later on. To further show off his world building, he has five appendices with the background of the world. The culture is credible, and Stirling certainly makes this version of the British Empire seem noble and appealing with its personal ties of loyalty and honor and an intelligence run along informal lines.

Initially, I didn't like my first exposure to seeress Yasmini, whose visions of the future, I thought, brought an unwelcome element of magic to this alternate history. Then Stirling got around to rationalizing using an obvious, if oblique, version of Roger Penrose's idea that the brain is a quantum computer and thus (Penrose doesn't say this) can see alternate timelines. The presence of a Kali cult was to be expected even if they were minor villains allied to the Satanic Peacock Throne.

The novel has two faults though neither was enough to disgust me. The reason -- penetration of the Imperial intelligence services so vast that they can not be purged safely without first luring the traitors into the open --why Athelstane King and company have to sneak aboard the dirigible at the end seemed was a bit weak. I think Stirling, understandably, just wanted some scenes on a dirigible.

The end of the book descended into a wealth of cliches (presumably taken from the authors Stirling lists in the acknowledgements). There is not only a prince in disguise (the French envoy sent to arrange a marriage turns out to be the French prince who gets himself involved in a lot of combat during the book) but three marriages. The marriage of the French prince and Princess Sita was expected -- after all, that's why the envoy is there, to arrange it. But the marriage of Athelstane King and Yasmini, though hardly unexpected, was that old cliche of adventure plots. Worse was the convenient death of the Emperor and the marriage of scientist Cassandra King and the Crown Prince.

All three of the main women characters are of the same improbable action heroine mold beloved of modern authors. Stirling may have a thing for this sort of thing given the character of guerilla leader Skida Thibodeau in Jerry Pournelle and S. M. Stirling's Go Tell the Spartans. I think I was supposed to find the constant insults between King's faithful Sikh Narayan Singh and would be Pathan assassin Ibrahim Khan (who also turns out to be a prince) funny. I didn't mind them, but I usually didn't find them funny.
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  RandyStafford | Apr 24, 2014 |
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The Peshawar Lancers is an action-filled adventure through a future reminiscent of the British Raj. The characters are sympathetic and realistic despite the alternate world which they inhabit. Technological expositions are kept to a minimum and do not impede the pace of the novel.
 

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Tales, marvelous tales Of ships and stars and isles where good men rest Where nevermore the rose of sunset pales And winds and shadows fall towards the West ..."
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In the mid-1870s, a violent spray of comets hits Earth, decimating cities, erasing shorelines, and changing the world's climate forever. And just as Earth's temperature dropped, so was civilization frozen in time. Instead of advancing technologically, humanity had to piece itself back together . . . In the twenty-first century, boats still run on steam, messages arrive by telegraph, and the British Empire, with its capital now in Delhi, controls much of the world. The other major world leader is the Czar of All the Russias. Everyone predicts an eventual, deadly showdown. But no one can predict the role that one man, Captain Athelstane King, reluctant spy and hero, will play . . .

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