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Bitter Seeds, by Ian Tregillis

Second para of third chapter:
It had begun soon after Spain, when training regimens across the board went to live-fire exercises twice per week. And the training periods with nonlethal combatants doubled in length. "For endurance," said the doctor.
I got this when offered it as part of a freebie pack a few years ago, when it was getting some buzz; there wasn't enough buzz for me to read it any sooner. It's a story where the outcome of the Second World War is altered by people with psychic powers on each side, the British and German secret services trying to control their respective paranormal resources. I wasn't hugely satisfied by it; despite the existence of psychic powers, it takes until 1940 for history to diverge from our timeline; the Soviet Union barely features and the Holocaust not at all; and as with many such novels, the paranormal extends and then stops rather arbitrarily to suit the plot. The wartime Doctor Who novel that I read last month did it all much better.

This was the most popular book on LibraryThing that I bought in 2011 and had not yet read. Next on that list is Peter and Max (a Fables novel), by Bill Willingham.

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londonkds
Apr. 8th, 2016 10:26 pm (UTC)
Have you read Lavie Tidhar's The Violent Century? It's a "WWII with superpowered people" story which deliberately plays the extent to which history does not change for horror, with the superpeople effectively incapable of changing anything big while ironically convinced that their existence must have been the cause of things getting so terrible.
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