Mr. Curiosity read several medieval classics this year, based on recommendations from The Well-Trained Mind. While I like their recommendations, it focuses on Western literature. I wanted Mr. Curiosity to read one of the great Asian classics. I have him a choice between this one (a Chinese classic) and The Tale of Genji (a Japanese classic). I chose this edition (there are many) because our library had it.
Translated and edited by: Moss Roberts
Published: this edition in 1976; originally in the 15th century
Genre: medieval classic historical fiction
Length: 304 pages of text, 318 pages total
Setting: third century China
Summary: Short version: A long-ranging fight over who will control China Continue reading
We were at a different library than our usual one, so I thought I’d scan through their collection of graphic novels and see if they had anything interesting. This was one of the few we hadn’t read.
Illustrator: Rebecca Mock
Genre: middle grade historical fiction graphic novel
Length: 224 pages
Setting: 1860, Manhattan, Isthmus of Panama, and sailing around Cape Horn
Summary: Short version: Twin orphans get on the wrong side of a gang Continue reading
I was given a copy of this novella to review (although my views are my own). It’s published by Annorlunda Enterprises, a small-press publisher that focuses on stories that make you think.
Published: 2019 (it comes out today!)
Genre: historical fiction novella
Length: 134 pages
Setting: Victorian England, probably the mid-1800s
Summary: Short version: The story of Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell Continue reading
This is the companion book to Boxers which the family read recently.
Genre: historical fiction with a touch of fantasy
Length: 170 pages
Setting: China during the Boxer Rebellion, around 1900
Summary: Short version: Boxers told from the point of view of a Christian girl Continue reading
Sunset at Graham’s Harbor on San Salvador
This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.
Published: July, 2016 in Intergalactic Medicine Show
Setting: the fictional city of Pamera, Italy, medieval times
Summary: Short version: Sabina doesn’t realize the nunnery could be home until it’s too late Continue reading
This is the fifth and final book in the Memoirs of Lady Trent series. Sadly, the Erie County library system didn’t have it so I had to request it via interlibrary loan. I didn’t feel bad about it, though, since it was the last book in a series.
Genre: historical fantasy
Length: 333 pages
Setting: mostly the Mrtyahaima Mountains (a Himalayan equivalent), a bit after the events of In the Labyrinth of Drakes
Summary: Short version: Lady Trent discovers a living Draconean society Continue reading