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Bitter Seeds It s The Nazis have supermen the British have demons and one perfectly normal man gets caught in between Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of the Second World War haun

  • Title: Bitter Seeds
  • Author: Ian Tregillis
  • ISBN: 9780765361202
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bitter Seeds By Ian Tregillis, It s 1939 The Nazis have supermen, the British have demons, and one perfectly normal man gets caught in between.Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of the Second World War, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him.When the Nazis sIt s 1939 The Nazis have supermen, the British have demons, and one perfectly normal man gets caught in between.Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of the Second World War, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him.When the Nazis start running missions with people who have unnatural abilities a woman who can turn invisible, a man who can walk through walls, and the woman Marsh saw in Spain who can use her knowledge of the future to twist the present Marsh is the man who has to face them He rallies the secret warlocks of Britain to hold the impending invasion at bay But magic always exacts a price Eventually, the sacrifice necessary to defeat the enemy will be as terrible as outright loss would be.Alan Furst meets Alan Moore in the opening of an epic of supernatural alternate history, Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis is a tale of a twentieth century like ours and also profoundly different.

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    1. While there s a cranky little munchkin in the back of my head vetoing the decision to give this a full 4 stars he s a hardass , most of me thought this was a wonderful debut novel Despite some minor gripes, I have mostly glowing, complimentary things to say about the book beginning with that I can t wait for the sequel The Coldest War to come out This is a series I intend to follow as I really enjoyed this Here s a quick story rundown PLOT SUMMARY Taking place between 1939 and 1941, the story is [...]

    2. Rating one annoyed star of five p58 I am on record around these parts as disliking books containing Majgicqk I have caused a slight coolness to come between myself and certain of my friends around here with my barely restrained snorts of derision at Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman and their comic book superhero storytelling ilk What I ve said about actual comic booksoh, do pardon, graphic novelswould have led to all out breach were the advocates of same not bound to my soul with hoops of steel Google [...]

    3. It s been a while since I ve been so infuriated by a read I am pissed this morning after finishing Bitter Seeds because the book is so fucking uneven The highs are very high, but the lows tend to be abyssal I considered giving it five stars at a couple of points, vowed to give it one star often, and finally decided that I had better split the difference Here goes for the Highs and Lows High 1 The conceit of Nazi engineered superheroes whose presence change the course of the war is a winner I am [...]

    4. If you have to give the Nazis credit for anything note you do not have to give the Nazis credit for anything , it s their thoroughness In addition to fighting a massive war on several fronts and systematically eliminating large swaths of the population in Europe, they also managed to conduct enough bizarre experiments to launch a thousand works of speculative fiction that basically boil down to, wow, those guys were totally fucking crazy.It s a bit galling that stories of German mad scientists p [...]

    5. I m sad to tell you that this book was not for me I m unabashedly fickle and self centered with my star ratings, so I have to give this book only three stars, when objectively it s probably a four star book Ian Tregillis is a GR author and friend of our beloved Ceridwen and Sock Puppet Sock Puppet even designed Mr Tregillis s beautiful website So what I m telling you is that this book is objectively awesome, and you should read it, even though it s not my personal bag of treats Also, what beauti [...]

    6. First allow me the indulgence of repeating what I said in one of my status updates on this book, as it still holds true and sums up quite well how much I enjoyed the book Okay, this book is AWESOME It s got a kickin pace, cool ideas, and likable characters even the bad guys it s a whole bucket o fun.If that tells you what you need to know, you can stop here Now I ll say what I really want to say, which has very little and very much to do with the book at hand I finished Bitter Seeds in July 2010 [...]

    7. I don t always get behind alternate histories There s something in me that screams for the truth These are definitely not the truth, look in a history book.Yeah, that s from the guy who reads 99 fantasy books out of 100 Oh and one of my favorites is Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell though that s much magical and fairyland ish But once you change the past, that just throws me off too much I don t know why Still haven t read a thing by Harry Turtledove.But throw superheros into an alternate World [...]

    8. To remember for the next book, questions than anything else.Alternate history of WWII I hear it s been researched for excruciating detail I m sorry I lack the knowledge to appreciate all of it.Britain has warlocks that seem to have kept themselves secret but are now eager to use their power for themselves doesn t seem like for the war effort except peripherally They have no power of their own but were trained to speak the language of powerful beings and negotiate for things in return for blood [...]

    9. I have already reviewed Bitter Seeds, the remarkable first work from newly published author Ian Tregillis, over here That review was not really about the book per se, but about how the book had a positive influence in my life when I was dealing with some serious issues The book s message, or at least what I think was the book s message, changed my thinking in a positive way and helped me decide not to surrender in the face of pretty tough odds I decided to fight to keep something rare and valua [...]

    10. Rating 3.8 4.0 starsIan Tregillis Bitter Seeds is an alternate history where the Nazi s have trained up a group of technologically enhanced psychics a perverted Fantastic Four , and the desperate British have resorted to consorting with omniscient beings who would like nothing better than to wipe the stain of biological life from the Earth a la Lovecraft s Elder Gods in an attempt to defeat them.The mostly Good Guys Raybould Marsh Rescued from the slums of post WW I London by Stephenson, the fut [...]

    11. Most definitely loved this book Could not put it down The elegance in which the war was recast is impressive And the subtlety with which Tregellis balanced the blurred lines of right and wrong were impressive Plus as a fan of wartime Britain novels, he did a than fair job of capturing the essence of that time as I have seen it related in books from the era Well worth the read.

    12. Very good beginning to a trilogy and does the job of setting up for the next two books well I have enjoyed Tregellis s writing style and prose in all I have read of his so far Bitter Seeds plants the seeds for the trilogy introducing readers to an alternate history WW2 only this time the Nazi have been experimenting on creating super soldiers and the British are employing warlocks using blood magic What I really enjoyed about these were that they had limits They could not just use the powers all [...]

    13. I knew this was a retelling, an alternate history of WWII with a fantasy bent to it, and rather expected a Captain America feel I was very wrong on that count Gretel was thoroughly enjoyable as the main villain, and I still picture her in my mind as a young flighty woman who loves to read poetry and pick wildflowers and carries a secret torch for a young man Never mind that she s completely insane and is willing to sacrifice the world for her own gain.Actually, I was really impressed with the de [...]

    14. This book could have been a story arc in a comic book, and I mean that in a good way In fact, I m thinking that could be why I liked this book so much You have British warlocks versus Nazi Germany s engineered super soldiers in an alternate history of World War II.At this point in the story, the U.S is still out of the picture and the Soviet Union only gets involved later in the book The British have discovered that Nazi scientists have been developed a technology to create a group of supermen t [...]

    15. When I began this read, I was truly sucked in, but the glow began to unravel after the first third of the book This is just a personal preference of books that I like to read so it is not any disrespect to the author I did like the book, but I found that I would have really liked the book if there were details or interesting backgrounds on the warlocks themselves as well as the other main characters I wanted something that would make me want to peek into their dark windows Leaving Gretel a mys [...]

    16. There really aren t any descriptions that can do justice to Bitter Seeds It s quite different than any book I ve ever read It s set in an alternate WWII where the Germans have started training children to use superpowers shortly after WWI, and the English are using wizards to fight off the Germans Atrocities are committed on both sides of the channel Tregillis really drives home the point that war causes people to do evil and suffer the consequences of evil.Although the Germans have superhumans, [...]

    17. I have just finished this one April 13 debut US and it was awesome I will write a detailed mini review soon, but it s a novel that can appeal to fans of sf, fantasy and horror since it has elements of all.A to A gotta leave it a little to see how it settles this one fits the mainstream fantastic category better than core sf or core fantasy since it s a sort of alternate history with a little bit of supernatural at the beginning that turns into a lot as the novel goes on, great, great characters [...]

    18. It is clear that Ian Tregillis is a very talented writer, but Bitter Seeds offers a very simplistic view on everything related to the 2nd World War The Nazis have supermen, the British have demons and this is why the Blitzkrieg was successful and the invasion of Britain was not For anyone who read one or two books about WWII, reading this novel is like reading the Genesis from the Bible after you ve read Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

    19. An interesting alternative history of WWII The Germans create super powered humans and the British counter this magic.Not a bad premise and it was interesting for about the first half, but for me the story fizzled out towards the end The magic the Brits use is very black in nature and I question whether anyone would go to those extremes It s not like the large scale operations they carry out would completely go unnoticed A decent book but I m not in any rush to get to books 2 and 3.

    20. Very strong, and surprisingly dark, with moral ambiguity galore The fantastical elements blended really well with the war story, creating a surprisingly grounded alternate history In fact, if you remove the Nazi superhumans, English warlocks, and genocidal demons, the novel had the tone of a high class espionage thriller.

    21. First Line Murder on the wind crows and ravens wheeled beneath a heavy sky, like spots of ink splashed across a leaden canvas.I had totally forgotten about Ian Tregillis Bitter Seeds until it arrived at the library and I read the jacket flap which immediately had me excited to read it The book features the creation of literal Nazi Supermen, super powered Nazi soldiers experimented on as children, facing off against a talented everyman spy who just so happens to be backed up by a small cabal of B [...]

    22. It is 1939 and the Second World War is well underway The British get a hold of a video showing disturbing footage of German soldiers with superhuman powers Thus begins the British secret mission to find out all they can about these enemy soldiers and develop ways to neutralize them.The British Intelligence Service mission Milkweed is spearheaded by Raybould Marsh, mentored at a young age to serve King and country He recruits Will Beauclarke, an old friend who once demonstrated to him an unusual [...]

    23. Bitter seeds is an alternate history retelling of World War II, in which the Germans have scientifically engineered supersoldiers with incredible abilities One can make himself invisible, pass through walls and avoid bullets, one is a human torch able to produce fire at will and others have superstrength and precognition These special soldiers are orphans and test subjects the result of decades spanning science experiments by a deranged Nazi scientist The process by which these supersoldiers are [...]

    24. Right out of the box I have to say that if you follow this author s blog you will know why I am and always am going to be a reader and not a writer True, I only know what Ian has been gracious enough to put on his blog for all his fans to follow but, it really sounds to me like he is getting the shaft left and right when it comes to getting his books published To his credit though he posts about all his dealings with the entire process which leads me to believe that along with his own struggle w [...]

    25. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this review, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally The reason I put this older 2010 urban fantasy alt history novel on reserve at my local library is because its sequel The Coldest War just came out, and the premise sounded interesting enough to warrant going back to the first book and catching up set within a Johnathan Strange like alt reality where magic is real [...]

    26. It s 1939 The Nazis have supermen, the British have demons, and one perfectly normal man gets caught in between that s the first line from the book summary and it reads like something out of a TV infomercial targeting innocent vulnerable geek girls everywhere Really, if you put the word supermen in this case they re like surgically altered super soldiers and demons together in the context of alternate WW history, my brain will process those information the same way as Lose 10 Kilos in 7 Days Ho [...]

    27. BITTER SEEDS is a fantastic debut novel from a very promising author The story is set during the second world war where the Germans have developed technological supermen who are also monsters and the English have turned to old school wizardswho are alsonsters a sense.Anyway, it is a ton of fun and I enjoyed every minute of it I will be patiently awaiting Tregillis next novel.

    28. I met Ian this week at the Jack Williamson Lectureship and everyone there kept talking about this book I am so excited to read it And what a doll Ian is.

    29. rantingdragon review oIn 2010, Ian Tregillis took the SF F world by storm with his stunning alternative World War II debut, Bitter Seeds Tregillis received a large amount of attention because he was groomed under the tutelage of some of fantasy s greats, such as George R.R Martin and Daniel Abraham If his teachers were not enough to lure you in, its arresting hardcover of a woman holding a novel and trampling over a pile of skulls just might be Given these pieces of information, you probably con [...]

    30. Nazi X MenBritish Warlocks Well, that escalated quickly Estas tr s frases eram tudo aquilo que eu sabia sobre o livro quando o comprei Pareciam promissoras, mas acho que isto acabou por ser bem melhor do que esperava Quando li o resumo achei que tinha feito uma boa escolha, e que parecia divertido, mas n o estava nada espera que isto estivesse t o bem escrito que por aquilo que est na capa e contracapa, este livro parece um daqueles policiais manhosos que por acaso tem elementos de fic o cient f [...]

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