Category Archives: Historical Fiction

The Translator

Just in the nick of time, I’ve finished the last of the five books Jenny selected for me to read in 2014. I enjoyed this book by John Crowley very much, but I’m at a bit of a loss as … Continue reading

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The Feast of the Goat

When Herod the King heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. (Matthew 2:3) The dictator novel is a Latin American genre that examines the role of a dictator, or caudillo (political strongman.) This can be a historical … Continue reading

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The King Must Die

You’ve probably heard the story. Fourteen young Athenians, seven boys and seven girls, are sent to Crete as tributes to King Minos. There they will be placed in a labyrinth with the fearsome Minotaur, the half-human half-bull son of Queen … Continue reading

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Checkmate

The sixth and final book in Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles finds Lymond and Philippa in France. Their relationship remains unchanged since The Ringed Castle, but they plan to dissolve the relationship after the wedding of Mary, Queen of Scotland, to … Continue reading

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The Paying Guests

Sarah Waters is one of a handful of authors whose books I will always read, and she’s not so prolific that it’s impossible to keep up. I’ve been looking forward to her new book, The Paying Guests, since its publication … Continue reading

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No One Is Here Except All of Us

This book by Ramona Ausubel opens on a tiny, isolated village in Romania in 1939. The citizens are about to learn of the doom that awaits them, but there are no warning signs: One Friday evening, the sun hung heavy … Continue reading

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The Taste of Sorrow

Now that I’ve read all seven novels by the Brontë sisters, I am proceeding to books about them. First up is Jude Morgan’s wonderful novel about their lives. As far as I can tell, not having read any biographies of … Continue reading

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Midnight in Europe

Alan Furst’s new novel enters new territory for me. Instead of focusing on Paris before and during World War II, in Midnight in Europe, Furst turns to the Spanish Civil War, a conflict I knew nothing at all about. The … Continue reading

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Bring Up the Bodies

Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall was one of the very last books I read in December 2013, and it couldn’t have surprised me more. Instead of being an overhyped, overwritten contender for a sometimes-lackluster prize, it took a man who has … Continue reading

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The Signature of All Things

Alma Whittaker was born at the dawn of the 19th century. Her father, Henry, had pulled himself out of poverty and built a thriving business that made him the wealthiest man in Philadelphia. Alma’s mother, Beatrix, was an intellectual from … Continue reading

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