Tag Archives: historical fiction

Compass South by Hope Larson

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

Published: 2016

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

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The Dodo Knight by Michelle Rene

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

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Saints by Gene Luen Yang

This is the companion book to Boxers which the family read recently.

Published: 2013

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

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Only Then Consume Them by Aimee Picchi

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

Genre: fantasy

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

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Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan

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.

Published: 2017

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

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The Beautiful Bird Sits No Longer Singing in the Nest by Kate Lechler

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: September, 2016 at PodCastle, where you can listen to or read the story for free

Genre: fantastical historical fiction

Setting: 19th century England

Summary: Short version: We hear Mr. Rochester’s first wife’s story Continue reading

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The Princess Bride by William Goldman

“The Princess Bride” is one of my favorite movies. I enjoy the book as well and decided it was time to read it to my kids.

Published: 1973

Genre: historical fiction/fantasy

Length: 283 pages

Setting: Guilder, medieval technology and 1970s New York City

Summary: Short version: True love conquers all Continue reading

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