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Old 08-09-2019, 03:31 PM
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Should I wait until 2020 to read 'The War in 2020' by Ralph Peters?


Well despite being published in 1991 and languishing on my bookshelf for many years it is now finally* the turn of 'The War in 2020' by Ralph Peters to be read.

Except, I'm thinking it might be neat in a unexplainable sort of way to actually read it in the year in which it is set, 2020, which after all is only a few months away.

So what say you keen dopers, wait until then or read it now because not to do so is quite obviously tempting fate?

Danke!

*I choose my next read using a random number generator
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Old 08-09-2019, 03:38 PM
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I don't know... "Red Army" by Peters was a terrific read. I read it in about 1990 though, so Amazon wasn't around, and I never did see "War in 2020" in the bookstore. I'm pretty interested in reading it now.

But to wait until 2020 just for the sake of doing it? Maybe, if the book takes place over a relatively long stretch of the year. You could read it "as it happens", so to speak.
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Old 08-09-2019, 08:45 PM
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Going by Wikipedia's synopsis, the politics of the story is hopelessly dated and makes the various military alliances nonsensical. You can read it as alt-history but there's no point in waiting, our 2020 has nothing in common with the book.
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I received this book as a gift from my then girlfriend shortly after the paperback came out. We broke up about a month later.

Anyway, it suffers from what I call “Clancy Syndrome,” which is to say it didn’t age well. Might as well read it now. Or use it for kindling.
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Old 08-11-2019, 01:34 AM
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Wait for it! I read Nineteen Eighty-Four for the first time in 1984 and thought that was kinda neat. However, I was 12; there was a whole bunch I didn't get.

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Old 08-11-2019, 06:16 AM
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I say wait. For many years I would read The Stand in June to line up with the date the story starts.
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Old 08-11-2019, 04:12 PM
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I don't know... "Red Army" by Peters was a terrific read. I read it in about 1990 though, so Amazon wasn't around, and I never did see "War in 2020" in the bookstore. I'm pretty interested in reading it now.

But to wait until 2020 just for the sake of doing it? Maybe, if the book takes place over a relatively long stretch of the year. You could read it "as it happens", so to speak.
I really like that idea! On checking though the story actually commences in 2005, jumps to 2008 then 2016 and is about a fifth of the way in before we get to 2020. Maybe I should have started reading it in 2005, finished the chapter and waited until 2008...

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Going by Wikipedia's synopsis, the politics of the story is hopelessly dated and makes the various military alliances nonsensical. You can read it as alt-history but there's no point in waiting, our 2020 has nothing in common with the book.
I'm not reading it for anything other than entertainment value though, and I fully expect it to have little to nothing to do with the real world, that's part of the fun.

I have quite a few 'Cold War Gone Hot' books and they're also an interesting read as alternate-history.

Thanks for the answers everyone, looks like I'll wait!

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Old 08-12-2019, 02:48 PM
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I voted "no" but I'd like to change to "yes". Might as well wait since it's neat to read it in 2020, because as had been said, the real world doesn't resemble the book world at all.

It was a great book to read at the time it came out though.
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