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Sunday, January 24th, 2010
2:53 pm
Hi there. my name is Sapphire
Do you have a specific time period that is your favorite to read about?
Regency-WWII. or (1813-1940). My particular favorites however are Regency and Victorian

Are you currently reading any historical fiction novels, or recently read one (within the past month or so)?
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham

Any historical fiction novels in your "to be read" pile?
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen & Atonement by Ian McEwan

What do you consider "historical fiction"?
anything set in the past with themes/conflicts prominent during that time.

Sunday, December 27th, 2009
5:34 pm
Ten Favorite CIVIL WAR Novels


Here is a LIST of my favorite novels set during the American Civil War.
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
9:00 pm
ABRAHAM LINCOLN's 200th Birthday - Historical Novels

Two hundred years ago this year (February 12, 1809), the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, was born on Sinking Spring Farm, in southeast Hardin County, Kentucky (now part of LaRue County); making him the first president born outside the original thirteen colonies. I could write an essay about his life and achievements. Instead, I have listed two historical novels centered around his four years as President: Read more...Collapse )
Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
6:05 pm
"FLASH FOR FREEDOM!" (1971) Book Review

"FLASH FOR FREEDOM!" (1971) Book Review

I wrote this REVIEW of George MacDonald Fraser's third entry in his Flashman Papers series called "FLASH FOR FREEDOM!". Published in 1971, the novel centers around Harry Flashman's experiences with the Atlantic slave trade and his adventures in the antebellum American South.
Friday, February 27th, 2009
11:18 am
A Weekly Comic of Historical Apocrypha
For just over nine years, I've been doing a weekly comic of historical micro-fiction. More often than not, they're completely absurd tales, shoe-horned into Western history, complete with [mostly] made-up research and footnotes.

Anyway, I've posted an example after the cut; or feel free to check them out here!

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Monday, February 9th, 2009
9:16 am
The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory, 2008.
This is my first posting to this community as I only just discovered it. I am quite fond of historical fiction, including historical murder mysteries!

I recently read Philippa Gregory's fictional biography The Other Queen. I had expected this would be similar to The Other Boleyn Girl, which I read last year (reviewed here). I had certainly enjoyed that book though was very aware of the liberties Gregory had taken with historical sources but approached it in the same vein as I did The Tudors TV series. It was clear though from the start of The Other Queen that Gregory had changed her style.

The novel covers the early years of Mary, Queen of Scots' imprisonment in England under the watchful eyes of the Earl and Countess of Shrewsbury and is written from the perspective of these three historical characters.

I will note that Gregory can't seem to win as she had often been criticised for her historical inaccuracies and soap opera style in earlier books such as The Other Boleyn Girl and then when she adopts a different approach and produces a work with a more serious tone and greater historical accuracy she is criticised because it isn't as fun or fast paced as earlier books. However, I enjoyed this more sober style and the tight focus of the novel as well as being pleased that it had two of my favourite women from the Elizabethan period at its heart. My full review can be read in my personal journal.
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
7:33 pm


I have written a REVIEW of the bestseller written by M.M. Kaye called "SHADOW OF THE MOON".
Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
6:24 pm


Here is a LINK to my list of top favorite historical novels.

What are yours?
Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
2:12 am
Reading at Park Slope (Brooklyn) Barnes and Noble May 15, 7PM
I'll be reading from my bisexual historical romantic comedy, Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander, this Thursday, May 15, at the Park Slope (Brooklyn) Barnes and Noble, 267 Seventh Avenue (at 6th St.) at 7 PM.

Anyone in the Brooklyn area, I'd love to see you. Take the F train to the Seventh Avenue stop, which lets you out at 9th St., and walk three blocks north.
Thursday, May 1st, 2008
6:31 pm
Thank you for being my friend
I want to say thank you to everyone who sent me good wishes on my publication day.

I've tried to reply to some of you individually, but I know I missed some. All these kind thoughts and words meant a lot to me, and I'm thrilled that people are interested in Phyllida's success.
Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
2:48 am
Publication eve
My "debut novel" (how's that for making me feel eighteen again?), Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander, is being released tomorrow. In this age of the life lived online, I have this nagging feeling there's something I'm supposed to say, something I should do to mark this momentous (to me) occasion. How can I expect potential readers to notice me and, more important, seek out my book, if I just sit quietly and let the moment pass?

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Monday, April 7th, 2008
8:44 am
Napoleon War and Math

Hello! I am math teacher  and ,actually I am writing books that help me to share my teachings: math + art + Science and history

It is a way to demystify those subjects
Mathematics is always present in the solution of enigmas, tactics and decision making in epic battles and during the investigation of a mystery.
I d like to invite you to read some page:

CAIUS ZIP, The Time Traveller, IN:
How some mathematical calculations can be crucial
for taking strategic decisions in this battle of empires


After the story, in a very original manner, Napoleon tells us his memories of that time.



Sunday, November 25th, 2007
9:25 pm
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford by Ron Hansen

Okay, so it's been two months since I read these books, but I've been thinking about Jesse James and outlaws in general a lot and haven't had time to write the post I wanted to until now. (Well I don't entirely have time now, but I'm just going to do it!)

So I was really excited about the movie The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and I found out that it was based on a novel by Ron Hansen. I realized that I didn't know much about Jesse James at all, and I wanted some historical perspective before seeing the movie. I wanted to read the book, too. So I perused various biographies online and settled on Jesse James Was His Name: Or, Fact and Fiction concerning the Careers of the Notorious James Brothers of Missouri by William A. Settle, Jr. After reading that, I read Hansen's book and saw the film (thank heavens I live in Austin, one of the very select cities where it opened). I suppose Hansen's book is the only thing relevant to this community, but I'm going to write about everything anyway.

Jesse James Was His Name by William A. Settle, Jr.Collapse )

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford by Ron HansenCollapse )

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford filmCollapse )

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Current Mood: thoughtful
Thursday, November 22nd, 2007
7:24 pm
My first novel is FINALLY OUT!
Pardon my shameless plug, but I think I can be forgiven a bit of giddiness - my debut novel was published on 2nd November!

More info here on my site

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007
7:08 pm
Journey by James Michener

Synopsis: A party of four English aristocrats and an Irish servant set out from London to read the Klondike traversing only land part of the British Empire.

Comments: This wasn't the usual sweeping saga Michener writes (and for which I'm a sucker), but I quite liked it anyway. The British stiff upper lip was abundant in this book, and despite his class prejudices, I had a mini-crush on Lord Luton (the expedition's leader). I loved the camaraderie among the members of the expedition and I especially loved the nights the travelers spent in intellectual pursuits. There were some wonderful passages about poetry, which I've excerpted hereCollapse )
Sunday, September 16th, 2007
10:02 pm
Oliver Wiswell by Kenneth Roberts
My uncle gave me Oliver Wiswell several years ago and it sat on my shelf (looking formidable at >800 pages) for a long time. I finally decided I was in the mood for some good historical fiction, so I picked it up. I absolutely loved it!

Synopsis: The American Revolution experienced by Loyalist Oliver Wiswell

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Current Mood: tired
9:26 pm
Zeke and Ned by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana
My mother gave me Zeke and Ned last Christmas and I just got around to reading it.

Synopsis: A fictionalized account of the last years of Cherokee Ned Christie's life

Comments: I didn't know anything about Ned Christie before I read this. I'll admit it; I have a crush on him now that I've read this book. He had faults, but he was a good man, wrongfully accused and persecuted by the white lawmen. This novel illustrates how a seemingly minor event can snowball and destroy numerous lives. I certainly wouldn't call it a feel good story, but I really enjoyed reading it. The characters were wonderfully described and I was very drawn in to the story. I had no idea what would happen (which often happens when I become really involved in a story), and I'm glad I read it with no prior knowledge.

Current Mood: contemplative
6:30 pm
The Gods of Newport by John Jakes

I love John Jakes, as does my mother, so I was thrilled that she'd bought his newest book: The Gods of Newport. I snagged it off her shelf when I was visiting.

Synopsis: Sam Driver is one of the nouveaux riche who tries to break into high society in Newport, RI, where the richest of the rich spend their summers. His concern is for his daughter, who seeks society's acceptance, but will it be what she really wanted?

Comments: I've been to Newport and seen some of the mansions (what opulence!) so I had some perspective for reading this book, which always helps. As usual, Jakes wove his fictional characters into history's framework, portraying such personages as Caroline Astor, Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish, Alva Vanderbilt, Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont, and James Gordon Bennett. The rich were not painted in the best light, but I didn't really expect them to be. I've never understood why societal acceptance is so important to some people and why some people think they are better than everyone else just because they have a lot of money. Predictably, Jenny Driver comes to the same conclusion. As with most of Jakes's other stand-alone novels, this lacks the sweeping epic quality of his series (like the Kent Family Chronicles and North and South trilogy). However, the story was interesting and I enjoyed reading it.

Current Mood: full
2:26 pm
Streets of Laredo by Larry McMurtry

I've been on a historical/western fiction kick lately. Lonesome Dove is my favorite mini-series, and I've read the book of the same title, as well as Dead Man's Walk and Comanche Moon (both prequels to LD). For some reason, I never got around to reading Streets of Laredo (LD's sequel), probably because I acquired it a while after reading the first three. I think I harbored this desire to reread the first three books before reading Streets of Laredo. I finally decided that was silly and after watching LD last weekend, I started reading the sequel.

Synopsis: About fifteen years after the conclusion of Lonesome Dove, Woodrow Call is a bounty hunter hired by the railroad to hunt down the train robber and murderer Joey Garza (a 19-year-old sociopath). The ever-faithful Pea Eye Parker accompanies him, though his wife Lorena and five children don't like it when he leaves the farm and goes off with Call. Various historical personages, such as Judge Roy Bean and John Wesley Hardin, also make appearances.

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I guess the bottom line (which means I'll stop babbling now!) is that I liked this book and I was glad to know what became of my beloved characters, but I'm not sure I'd like to reread it as I would Lonesome Dove.

Current Mood: unsettled
Wednesday, September 5th, 2007
8:48 pm
Philippa Gregory
I'm not sure if there's any other Philippa Gregory fans out there, but I know I was excited when I heard this news! Apparently she's signed a 3 book deal with her publisher. The books which are 'tentatively' titled "The White Queen", "The White Princess" and "The Red Queen" are based on the War of the Roses Period.

Philippa Gregory is also releasing another new book soon, called "The Other Queen" which is about Mary Queen of Scots!
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