Books by Harry Turtledove

THINGS FALL APART by Harry Turtledove
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"A lifeless apocalyptic thriller/social drama."
Another go 'round with the Ferguson family, supervolcano survivors and utter literary ciphers. Read full book review >
TWO FRONTS by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 2013

"Stick with it—there will be surprises, just not the ones you were expecting."
Turtledove (Coup d'Etat, 2012, etc.) delivers the fifth installment in his latest series—a final volume is promised—developing an alternate-history version of World War II. Read full book review >
ALL FALL DOWN by Harry Turtledove
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"This disaster tale abounds with plotlines but leaves the reader emotionally detached."
In the aftermath of a supervolcano's eruption, the world is plunged into a cold, post-apocalyptic, nearly uninhabitable environment. Resources are scarce. Human nature is put to the test. Read full book review >
THE WAR THAT CAME EARLY: COUP D'ETAT by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 31, 2012

"A fair middle chapter in the series, which will undoubtedly appeal to Turtledove's fans."
Turtledove (The War That Came Early: The Big Switch, 2011, etc.) delivers the fourth installment in his latest series, depicting an alternate-history version of World War II. Read full book review >
SUPERVOLCANO: ERUPTION by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"The novel doesn't so much conclude as vaguely trail off at a convenient stopping point; that and Turtledove's penchant for series suggest sequels are in the offing."
Turtledove offers a realistic but not terribly gripping depiction of the desperate slog life would become if a beloved national landmark became the epicenter of a devastating natural disaster. Read full book review >
GOLDEN SHRINE by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Definitely worth a look for Turtledove's fans and fantasy enthusiasts in general."
Third installment of a fantasy epic set in the Bronze Age (The Breath of God, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
END OF THE BEGINNING by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Supremely satisfying speculative combat fiction."
The Japanese are regretting their occupation of Hawaii after all. Read full book review >
HOMEWARD BOUND by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"More ambitious themes are barely developed in a volume that ultimately seems to serve merely as a catapult toward another interminable "what if?" series."
It's the end of the line for a pair of wildly popular alt-history series—or is it? Read full book review >
SETTLING ACCOUNTS: RETURN ENGAGEMENT by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 3, 2004

"Turtledove plays heady games with actual history, scattering object lessons and bitter ironies along the way. Strong, complex characters against a sweeping alt-historical background."
Eighth in an alternate history in which the Confederacy won independence, then lost WWI to the US. Read full book review >
CONAN OF VENARIUM by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Decades later, into his 50s, Conan will return to rule Aquilonia in de Camp and Carter's Conan of Aquilonia. Locked-in audience."
Turtledove abandons the multivolume military fantasy epic of his World War and Great War series to join other Conan chroniclers. Read full book review >
THE BEST ALTERNATE HISTORY STORIES OF THE 20TH CENTURY by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"LookingglassssalggnikooL pleasuresserusaelp."
Brightly conceived, even though the most widely known alternative history tale of modern times is ignored, James Cameron's Terminator II. Read full book review >
AMERICAN EMPIRE: BLOOD AND IRON by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"As always with Turtledove, there are no clear heroes or villains, just a broad assortment of proud, flawed, skillfully detailed personalities who, when they aren't talking about politics, make Turtledove's tediously bewildering alternate America come alive."
Turtledove's 22nd series novel begins yet another trilogy that continues his exploration of an America in which, among other things, the Confederacy won the Civil War and Custer didn't die at the Little Bighorn. Read full book review >
RULERS OF THE DARKNESS by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2001

"This vast portrait of nations in conflict makes War and Peace a breezy read."
Fourth outing, with a cliffhanger that promises more, in Turtledove's tangled fantasy epic of empires fighting a pointless war in which magic kills just as horribly as TNT. Read full book review >
THROUGH THE DARKNESS by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2001

"Here as elsewhere, though, Turtledove doesn't even pretend to write a satisfying ending: prolific he is, and he just keeps churning 'em out."
Third in Turtledove's alternate world/fantasy series (Darkness Descending, 2000, etc.) recasting WWII as a magical battle between Algarve, the lebensraum-seeking equivalent of Nazi Germany, and its numerous smaller opponents who desperately seek shaky alliances in the hope of stemming the tide. Read full book review >
COLONIZATION: AFTERSHOCKS by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 12, 2001

"Don't take bets."
Billed as the conclusion to the present trilogy (following Colonization: Down to Earth, 2000, etc.), which itself is a direct sequel to a tetralogy (the Worldwar yarns) about the invasion of Earth in the middle of WWII by the dimwitted, lizard-like Race: from an author who's built several other skyscrapers out of alternate history (the Great War series, etc.). Read full book review >
SENTRY PEAK by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Turtledove has a following, but nevertheless: shrug, so what?"
More fantasy-history from the prodigious Turtledove production line (Into the Darkness, p. 218, etc.). Read full book review >
THE GREAT WAR: BREAKTHROUGHS by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"All this is not so much alternate history as patriotic solipsism, Comrade, with likely sounding ingredients heated and stirred into an unrecognizable goulash: what-if transformed into what-not."
Third in Turtledove's series of increasingly improbable alternate-history yarns (The Great War: Walk in Hell, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
DARKNESS DESCENDING by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2000

Second installment of Turtledove's alternate-world fantasy (Into the Darkness,1999). Read full book review >
HOUSEHOLD GODS by Judith Tarr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Far stronger—echoes aside—than its plot initially suggests."
Immensely prolific historical romancer Tarr, who recently mythicized Old Europe in Neolithic times (White Mare's Daughter, 1998) and goddess lore in ancient Egypt (The Shepherd Kings, 1999), joins forces with Byzantine scholar Turtledove—a prolific historical (and alternate-historical) novelist plus full-time SF and fantasy writer (Colonization: Second Contact, 1999, etc.)—to take on a time-travel adventure about one Nicole Gunther Perrin. Read full book review >
THE GREAT WAR by Harry Turtledove
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"All this is not so much alternate history as patriotic solipsism, Comrade, with likely sounding ingredients heated and stirred into an unrecognizable goulash: what-if transformed into what-not."
Third in Turtledove's series of increasingly improbable alternate-history yarns (The Great War: Walk in Hell, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
INTO THE DARKNESS by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 1999

"Turtledove devotees will probably want to give it the once-over, but there's little here to attract the uncommitted. (Author tour)"
The setting of alternate-history guru Turtledove's latest doorstopper is a world where magic works but human impulses remain pretty much the same. Read full book review >
COLONIZATION: SECOND CONTACT by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Will appeal to fans of the previous books, and—what with Turtledove's patient recaps and reminders—newcomers won't feel excluded either."
The lure of sequels evidently proved too great for Turtledove to resist (the Worldwar series, most recently Worldwar: Striking the Balance, 1996). Read full book review >
THE GREAT WAR by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"Expect another sequel."
The master of alternate history returns with this sequel to How Few Remain (1997), wherein the Confederate States of America, with the help of backing from the French and British, won its independence. Read full book review >
BETWEEN THE RIVERS by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Historically intriguing, splendidly textured, and full of stimulating ideas, though with two persistent flaws: remarkably stupid gods with no plausible motivations; and Turtledove's habitually vapid characters."
 Another alternate-world yarn from an author who specializes in historical might-have-beens (How Few Remain, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
HOW FEW REMAIN by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Expect sequels featuring Abraham Lincoln as America's Karl Marx."
 Turtledove, having previously won the Civil War for the Confederacy in The Guns of the South (1992), does it all over again in this otherwise unconnected new alternate history yarn. Read full book review >
WORLDWAR: STRIKING THE BALANCE by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"A cast of thousands with a plot to match, well-drawn if unoriginal aliens, a wealth of fascinating speculation—and scope for any number of sequels."
 Final installment of Turtledove's long alternate-history Worldwar saga (Upsetting the Balance, 1996, etc.), in which the progress of WW II is disrupted by lizardlike alien invaders. Read full book review >
THE TWO GEORGES by Richard Dreyfuss
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1996

"Despite the rather ponderous approach, Dreyfuss and Turtledove's might-have-been world—something like an indefinitely extended Victorian idyll—charms as it intrigues, and the above- average characters help compensate for the movie-ish sleuthing."
 Alternate-world yarn from Oscar winner Dreyfuss and Hugo winner Turtledove (Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance, 1995). Read full book review >
WORLDWAR: UPSETTING THE BALANCE by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Again sporadically gripping, with panoramic views and a cast of thousands."
 Third episode of Turtledove's vast, continuing saga, this following hard on the heels of Worldwar: Tilting the Balance (p. 34), that pits the once-warring nations of WW II against the infinitely more dangerous invading alien Race. Read full book review >
WORLDWAR: TILTING THE BALANCE by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1995

"Turtledove hasn't the knack of sketching really distinctive characters, but his patiently detailed panoramic saga—a detachment rather than an independent module—continues to engage. (Doubleday Science Fiction Book Club alternate selection)"
 The second installment of Turtledove's vast WW II/alien invasion saga simply picks up where Worldwar: In the Balance (1993) left off. Read full book review >
WORLDWAR: IN THE BALANCE by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"WW II buffs happy to settle in for a meandering journey of unspecified duration."
 Vast, churning alternate-world/alien-invasion saga. Read full book review >
THE GUNS OF THE SOUTH by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Literate rebs will read it again and again and again."
 Just as the Confederate cause seems doomed, deliverance arrives in the form of 20th-century weapons. Read full book review >