So the big news for me last week is that I am now on Tumblr. Ever since CounterFactual.net closed its doors, I have been looking for a new place to share my alternate history work and Tumblr seemed to be the perfect place to expand into. I may even post some non-alternate history articles there from time to time, but we shall see.
And now the news...
Book of the Week: Eagle in Exile by Alan Smale
I have posted a lot Alan Smale related articles in the recent weeks so now seems a perfect time to give a shout out to book two of the Clash of Eagles trilogy, Eagle in Exile. Here is the description from Amazon:
In A.D. 1218, Praetor Gaius Marcellinus is ordered to conquer North America and turning it into a Roman province. But outside the walls of the great city of Cahokia, his legion is destroyed outright; Marcellinus is the only one spared. In the months and years that follow, Marcellinus comes to see North America as his home and the Cahokians as his kin. He vows to defend these proud people from any threat, Roman or native.
After successfully repelling an invasion by the fearsome Iroqua tribes, Marcellinus realizes that a weak and fractured North America won’t stand a chance against the returning Roman army. Worse, rival factions from within threaten to tear Cahokia apart just when it needs to be most united and strong. Marcellinus is determined to save the civilization that has come to mean more to him than the empire he once served. But to survive the swords of Roma, he first must avert another Iroqua attack and bring Cahokia together. Only with the hearts and souls of a nation at his back can Marcellinus hope to know triumph.
If you want to learn more about this series, check out my reviews of a Clash of Eagles and Eagle in Exile over at Amazing Stories. Then you should head over to SFFWorld where I talked with Alan Smale about his newest book, flying, great historical walls and whether alternate historians can really enjoy the Superbowl.
Video of the Week
With the live action The Jungle Book out this weekend, most of the film-related YouTube channels I follow have been doing videos on the original animated version. How It Should Have Ended, however, produced the best one in my humble opinion:
You should also check out...
- How the Czech Republic is changing its official short geographic name to "Czechia" (via BBC).
- Paul Levinson's review of Episode 1 of Outlander Season 2.
- Garfield Robinson of Cricbuzz profile of an alternate history of cricket.
- How Hitler's plans for Germania would have torn Berlin apart (via The Guardian).
- Rosie Amber's review of Alison Morton's Aurelia.
- Jonathan Jones of The Guardian's argument as to why we should not repair the damage ISIS did to Palmyra.
- This map of every magical world in the multiverse (via Tor).
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Matt Mitrovich is the founder and editor of Alternate History Weekly Update, a blogger for Amazing Stories, a volunteer interviewer for SFFWorld and a Sidewise Awards for Alternate History judge. When not exploring alternate timelines he enjoys life with his beautiful wife Alana and prepares for the day when travel between parallel universes becomes a reality. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube. Learn how you can support his alternate history projects on Patreon.