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APED: "watch on the rhine"

March 19th, 2009 (11:25 pm)

sireric08 requested a poem about a John Ringo story other than the Kildar series.

Okay. WATCH ON THE RHINE (written with Tom Kratman) it is.

Humans, arise! They come, the evil Posleen!
To savage us, to take our very lives.
Untarnish that which we know should be bright and pristine.
Men of the SS, the time has come. Arise!

Rejuvenate! Let fall the weight of ages.
The leftists quail. Strike their objections down.
Our history's not done; let's write the book new pages.
Let voices with "Horst Wessel Lied" resound!

Upon our collars, the lightning letters gleam now.
It's time to march! Let's show them what to fear!
True German blood will tell. Come, men! Let's show them how!
And in our wake, new Fatherland, appear!

Yes, if you haven't read it, the book is about Nazis being rejuvenated to fight aliens.

Yes, it is *exactly* like that description sounds.

Yes, this poem does scan to the "Horst Wessel Lied."

Yes, this is utterly horrifying.


Posted by: Cathryn (formerly catslash) (remindmeofthe)
Posted at: March 20th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
Doctor implode - credit discordanticons

HA HA HA HA what?

- you know what, don't answer that.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 20th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)

Yeah. You pretty much spend the whole book going, "What? What? WHAT?!?!?!" I was rather numb and horrified when I finally put it down. You think the premise alone is truly disturbing; it gets freakier. The bit where the stormtroopers go out to beat up left-wing protestors is really frightening, because you can almost feel the authors (Kratman in particular) wistfully sighing, "Man, if only!"

They don't do too badly with a couple of the characters, but the premise is rather ghastly and the battle scenes are numbingly repetitive.

Posted by: ~ (niqaeli)
Posted at: March 20th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)

I do not think there is enough D: in the WORLD.

*twitches in a corner*

Posted by: ~ (niqaeli)
Posted at: March 20th, 2009 08:37 am (UTC)

...oh John Ringo, NO. Just... what. Also, NO.

(well-written poem, though)

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 20th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
oh john ringo no

Yeah. I mean. WHAT.

(eh. I was just going for out-and-out horrifying. I think it works on that level.)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: March 20th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
So you _finally_ got around to it.

I was feeling left out, unwanted, unloved. Sniff.

Yeah, it's pretty horrifying. It's _supposed_ to be pretty horrifying. Pretty good discussion of it on RPGnet, Tangency, these last few days.


Tom Kratman

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 21st, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Re: So you _finally_ got around to it.

Hey, Tom! Thanks for stopping in.

Yeah, I got around to it. I mean to write a review one of these days -- it's a bizarre mixed bag, in that the premise is just horrifying, the battle scenes don't do anything for me -- too much same old same old -- but you do have a couple of decent character bits in there. So, um, that's something?

I will be reading CALIPHATE one of these days, though.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: March 21st, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
Re: So you _finally_ got around to it.

I thought about that, that the battles scenes are redundant. I'd be interested in reading how...unless you mean similar to the core series. Even there, though...well, you tell me.

Hmmm. You might try Yellow Eyes first, if for no other reasons that a) it's in cheaper paperback and b) the wife's really cute in the map illustration. ;)

I'm not sure you won't find the battles similar, though there are at least a couple of odd quirks, the Posleen get a somewhat different treatment and it isn't set in open, high order Euro-civilized, heavily industrialized country.

Oh, and it's not very political. Yeah, yeah, I know; hard to believe.

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