Category Archives: Historical Fiction

House of Names

It was supposed to be her wedding day. That’s what Agamemnon said when he sent for his daughter, Iphigenia. Her mother, Clytemnestra, was overcome with joy at the prospect of seeing her daughter married to the great Achilles. But after … Continue reading

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HHhH

This novel by Laurent Binet, translated from the French by Sam Taylor, tells the story of Operation Anthropoid, the plot to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, one of the key architects of Hitler’s Final Solution. Or, to be more accurate, it’s the story … Continue reading

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The Small Change Trilogy

Jo Walton is becoming one of my reliably enjoyable authors, someone whose books I will always read. That feeling was cemented as I read this alternate history series set in a version of Britain that made peace with Hitler during … Continue reading

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The Nutmeg of Consolation

The further I get into Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series, the more it feels like one long story, with each book just chronicling a new set of incidents in that story. So it’s harder to point to a specific novel and … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I was able to post — an entire month, gah. I’ve been reading, but I just have not had time to write in February! February is always dreadful. I’m hoping to catch … Continue reading

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Lanterns Across the Snow

If you’re like me, you associate Susan Hill with Gothic spookiness (The Woman in Black) and/or murder (her series of Simon Serrailler mysteries.) Lanterns Across the Snow is neither one nor the other, though her usual predilections peek out in … Continue reading

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Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

A couple of years ago, I watched the Grantchester mysteries on PBS Masterpiece. I enjoyed them thoroughly (I would enjoy anything with Robson Green in it!) and didn’t think much more about it. But when I discovered that the show … Continue reading

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Moonglow

It took me a while to get into Michael Chabon’s new novel, but once I did, I was fully hooked. The opening chapters are rough—they move around in time, and the main character is merely called “my grandfather.” The book … Continue reading

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A Long Way from Chicago and A Season of Gifts

I’m on record as believing that the Newbery committee has a thing for the Depression. I can name at least three or four books in the past decade or so set in the Depression that have won the Newbery medal. … Continue reading

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The Wonder

Many of you may know I’ve been annoyed at the lack of straightforward storytelling in the 2016 fiction that I’ve read. Emma Donoghue’s new novel looked like it might be exactly what I wanted—an exciting story with interesting questions to resolve … Continue reading

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