Ah, Historical Fiction Month continues in full force. While not all technically historical fiction, I am using my librarian-in-training superpowers to make them so. Just to review, so far we’ve got:
- The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. A good solid read for anyone who never knew they wanted to know all about Rose, excuse me, Josephine Bonaparte. Sequel awaiting me on my bookshelf.
- Hattie Big Sky. Determined orphan heroine. Prejudice. Homesteading. Influenza. Just enough in the way of little surprises to keep you on your toes.
- Year of Wonders. Read it. Seriously. It’s catching, kinda like the plague. It will consume you (no boils, though, thank God). Although I had to stretch my suspension of disbelief a bit for the ending, I must say I never saw a particular twist coming.
- Accidents of Nature. Set in 1970, so it totally counts as HF. This was somehow not what I expected, and I mean that in a good way. Set in a cripple camp, makes you realize what idiots some of people are. “You’ll never walk alone”? Priceless.
- Our Only May Amelia. Oh May Amelia, why did you have to make me cry so? I’m also really intrigued by the ‘voice’ in the book – all told as if casually relating a story rather than formal and all with “quotes.”
- The King of Attolia. So not historical fiction…but it feels historical. Loosely modeled on ancient Greece and all that. It was painful to finish it. (Even the second time around.) I feel as though it has been violently wrenched from my side. Speaking of…
- The Thirteenth Tale. Apart from the twin fetish, I enjoyed this. Okay, I had a few other quibbles with it, like annoyances with Margaret and the tone and…did the Angelfields have to be quite so insane? But, the twists and turns were fun. I listened to it on my ipod, and at work at that, and there were quite a few moments when I would stop, mouth agape, hoping no one would come across me until the tense moment had resolved itself. Wanna talk spoilers? Shoot me an email. (I know who you are.)