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Making History by Stephen Fry

I have a weakness for time travel stories, so I couldn't pass up this one. Michael "Pup" Young is a grad student in history, writing his dissertation on the young Hitler at Cambridge University.  He runs into a theoretical physicist who has invented a time machine, at the same time that his girlfriend is doing research on male sterility pills.  Michael convinces the physicist to send the pills back through time into the well that Hitler's father drinks from, causing the madman to never be born.

All seems well and good, when Michael wakes up as an American philosophy student in a world that has never heard of Hitler.  Unfortunately, they have heard of the Nazi party. In a world without Hitler, another man rose to power…but without Hitler's level of rabid anti-Semitism, rather than driving off the Jewish scientists he used them to enable Germany to be the first to develop the atomic bomb. With it, Germany conquered Europe and won World War II.  America was later able to independently develop the bomb, leading to the cold war.  Half a century later, tensions are still high..

Overall, Making History is an interesting book that's definitely worth a read. While I haven't read it yet, I'm told that Fry's The Hippopotamus is also good; it’s one of the next books on my list.
 


One Knight Only by Peter David

Star Trek fans may recognize Peter David as the author of such books as Q-in-Law, Q-Squared, and Imzadi, but he has also written some interesting fantasy.  In Knight Life, King Arthur is released from his imprisonment and, at Merlin's behest, runs for mayor of New York City.  In the sequel, One Knight Only, Arthur is now president of the United States, having successfully run as an independent.  He enjoys high approval ratings and has focused his attention on fighting terrorism. However, after his wife Gwen is shot by a terrorist and slips into a coma, Arthur resigns the presidency, sends a basilisk after the terrorist group responsible, and sets off on a quest for the Holy Grail.

I wouldn't put this book as Peter David's best work, but it was interesting enough to read straight through a few days ago. If you liked the books I mentioned above, then One Knight Only is worth a look.

 

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