Book Genre: Historical Fiction

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Richard Yancey
Lily
3

Yancey takes the Victorian obsession with medical oddities to a new level in The Monstrumologist. It is not overtly scary, but definitely gory. It is not over-the-top in sickening detail, but there is definitely a fair share of blood and guts... but only about as much as you would...

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Louis L'Amour
seanamo
3

In the "About the Author" blurb, L'Amour is quoted as wanting to be remembered as a storyteller, sitting around the campfire weaving his tales. If The Sackett Brand is any indicator, L'Amour is indeed a good storyteller.

Tell Sackett and his wife, Ange, have traveled to Arizona to set up...

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Charlie Mac
mbrandstetter
2

Giving a new twist to an old story. In his first book, the author, Charlie Mac finds a way to bring home Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. After allowing people to think they had died in a ferocious gun battle with lawmen in Bolivia, with the assistance of Ms. Etta Place, they return to the U....

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Philippa Gregory
mbrandstetter
3

I've given The Red Queen a middle grade, not necessarily because I liked the book, but more because it did its job.  It's not that it's a bad book, nor is it poorly written or historically inaccurate. It's just that the main character, Margaret Beaufort, is probably one of the most...

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Lyndsay Faye
Jennifer
3

I suspect this book might gain in popularity since the release of the film 12 Years a Slave. This thriller/mystery is set in New York City during the infancy of the NYPD. A young copper finds himself enmeshed in the...

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S. J. Parris
Jennifer
3

An engaging historical thriller. I thought the drama was a bit over the top, at times, but an enjoyable read, nonetheless. I'm not much for thrillers in general, but the historical aspect definitely drew me in. This novel follows heretical priest, Giordano Bruno, as he flees the inquisition in...

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Philipp Meyer
Jennifer
5

I do not give five stars lightly, but I'd rank this book up there with Larry Mc Murtry's Lonesome Dove. Let me start off by saying that I made an initial attempt to read the print book without much success. The first few pages...

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C. Alan Bradley
KateM
4

I picked up this book because it was highly recommended by a coworker when she found out I have an aversion to mysteries and because my brother had recommended the book to me nearly four years ago. I figured two people who knew my tastes couldn’t be wrong, and they were spot on. The main...

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Terry Pratchett
Thane
3

Terry Pratchett leaves behind the usual fantasy trappings that have been the hallmark of his prolific body of work to venture into something new with Dodger. This book is essentially a piece of historical fiction set in streets (and sewers) of London in the early 1800's. Fictional liberties are...

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D. E. (Dorothy Emily) Stevenson
April
4

Barbara Buncle is in a bind: her small but steady income has all but disappeared and she needs to find a way to make money fast.  She thinks writing a book might answer her financial problems, but as she is not very confident in her imagination, she decides to write only what she knows, and...

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Anne Perry
Hope H
2

In the 21st installment of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, Superintendent Pitt gives testimony of circumstantial evidence which helps convict a respected soldier to hang for the murder of a republican scholar. This sets off a chain of events which uncovers not one, but two...

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Rachel Urquhart
KristinR
4

In this meticulous debut novel, Polly Kimball sets fire to her home, killing her father, in order to escape his abuse.  She finds shelter in a Shaker community not yet blessed with a Visionist during the Era of Manifestations, as extraordinary visions were sweeping across Shaker communities...

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Gail Carriger
Bobby
3

Vampires, werewolves, steampunk, and romance.  Any of these elements alone would typically have me scoffing without cracking open the cover.  But in an effort to expand my reading horizons and based on a colleague’s recommendation, I made it past my initial prejudices and enjoyed this...

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Matt Phelan
Georgia
3

Every summer is very typical for Henry Harrison until the summer of 1908, when a group of Vaudeville performers vacation nearby. Henry is infatuated with their exciting lives and hilarious performances. He quickly makes friends with one of the star performers, Buster. Henry envies Buster’s...

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Kate Alcott
April
4

Alice Barrow travels to Lowell to become a factory girl in a cotton mill run by iron-fisted Hiram Fiske and his two sons, Samuel and Jonathan.   In the boardinghouse where she stays, Alice meets feisty Lovey Cornell, an older mill girl who is as generous as she is reckless. ...

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Elizabeth Wein
April
5

The performance of this audiobook was excellent.  The narrators did such a great job of bringing to life the two main characters—Queenie/Julie, a Special Operations Executive, and Maddie, an Air Transport Auxiliary pilot.  Set in Britain and Nazi-occupied France during World War II,...

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Julia Alvarez
Angelita
5

The story is based on a true story, but all the accounts in the book are fictionalized, but the author did her research on the historical events that took place in the book.  The book can be heartbreaking because it's based on actual events and real people actually suffered this way.  ...

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John (John Edward) Williams
Jennifer B.
4

A literary western, Butcher's Crossing tells the story of Harvard dropout Will Andrews, who heads west to "see as much of the country as [he] can" after being inspired by a lecture by Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Will finds himself in Butcher's Crossing, Kansas, where he hooks up with a...

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Frances M Wood
Hope H
4

The last place Illinois-born Molly Gerry wants to be is Raton, New Mexico, but when her father finally dies of a long illness her older sister, Colleen, sees few options other than to lie about Molly's age and get them both jobs as waitresses on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe rail line....

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Amy Timberlake
Melody
5

When her sister disappeared, the sheriff came back with a body, but Georgie Burkhardt was not about to believe that the body could possibly be her sister. If no one else was going to set off to find the answers, she will  just have to take matters into her own hands. A reckless sharp...

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Fannie Flagg
Adelina
5

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is Fannie Flagg’s newest novel. I love this novel. I think everyone should read it.

Fannie Flagg’s memorable characters and her great storytelling blending of history and the present day makes you almost unaware of learning about the strength of...

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Twan Eng Tan
Beckyr
4

This is a wonderful book - part historic novel, part mystery, part romance. A highlands Malaysia tea plantation is the setting. The time period is post World War II. Characters include a gifted Japanese landscape designer, a former concentration camp prisoner, a European landowner. Very...

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Bec McMaster
seanamo
3

In this second volume of McMaster's London Steampunk series, we follow the Beast, Will Carver, a dangerous and solitary werewolf, and Lena Todd, a master clockworker and the younger sister of Will's boss' wife (Blade and Honoria from Kiss of Steel).

Because the verwulfen curse is a virus...

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Margarita Engle
Hope
5

The Lightning Dreamer is a beautiful book of prose from the perspective of Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, (Tula) a Cuban poet from the 1800's. Tula talks about her world and the concerns she has over being married off and living in a world of inequality, where slave labor is still common...

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Rafael Ábalos
mbrandstetter
4

Running away from his abusive uncle's tavern with a known thief and con artist named Durlib, Grimpow now leads the life of a vagabond. They travel from place to place, but have taken shelter for the winter in a cabin in the mountains of France. The year is 1313.  Coming back from...