Book Genre: Historical Fiction

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Nicola Griffith
Hope H
3

Before Hild was born her mother, Breguswith, had a dream that the child she carried would be "the light of the world". Breguswith ensures it, training Hild from a young age to become the official seer of her uncle, King Edwin. Yet it is not through magic Hild sees the future. "Quiet mouth,...

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Gyles Daubeney Brandreth
Tara
4

The incomparable genius Oscar Wilde teams up with Arthur Conan Doyle and writer Robert Sherard to solve the mysterious murder of Billy Wood. Richly detailed with an intricate plot, this literary mystery is cozy while also being intellectually stimulating.

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Stephen King
Brett
5

This engaging ghost story marked a return to top form for Stephen King in 2013. The gruesome killing at the heart of this story is not emphasized throughout most of the book. Instead, King focuses on telling a heartfelt, nostalgic story about coming-of-age in the 1970’s. 21-year-old Devin comes...

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Philipp Meyer
Brett
5

This epic Western relates the violent history of Texas through the story of one powerful family. That story begins when 13-year-old Eli McCullough is captured by the Comanche in 1849 and traces his survivor’s spirit of resilience and ruthlessness through his progeny over the next 160 years, told...

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Brett
2

I’m pretty sure that somewhere in the orientation paperwork it was stated that, as a librarian, I am required to love this book. Same goes for booksellers or, really, anybody who loves books. Well, I am bucking that trend. I just didn’t like it.

Now, don’t get me wrong: the descriptions...

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Jeanette Winterson
Tara
4

Compelling and provocative, Jeanette Winterson’s latest complex work combines history and fantasy with tantalizing characters and mystical forces. It is horrifying to think that in 17th century England people were hunted and publicly killed for their religious beliefs, Catholics and those...

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Sarah MacLean
Kristi
3

In Regency England, Lady Pippa is about to marry her safe but boring duke. He’s a catch, but she’s not. She’s more interested in her science, dogs, and books.  She doesn’t care about the latest fashion or passion. For purely scientific reasons, she is interested in what might happen on her...

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Jonathan Stroud
Kristi
4

Lucy Carlyle has joined Lockwood & Co. It's a ghost hunting agency run by tweeners in turn of the century London. They are trying to deal with "the problem".  In their world ghosts are more present and dangerous and most people don't go out after dark because getting touched by a ghost...

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Laurence Sach
Kristi
3

I wasn’t expecting to be wowed by this graphic novel version of one of my favorite Austen novels. I thought the length and format wouldn’t capture the wry humor of the full length novel. I was pleasantly surprised. The graphic novel captures almost all of the famous scenes and quotes from the...

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Thomas Berger
Lily
5

Little Big Man is an epic Western narrated by the subtlety humorous 111 year old Jack Crabb. His strange life is depicted in this long and winding tale that begins with Crabb as a 10 year old living with the Cheyenne tribe. He goes on to recollect his intimate involvement in all aspects...

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Gail Carriger
Adelina
5

Humorous Steampunk. The main character, Alexia Tarabotti has a sharp tongue and quick wit. I gobbled up The Parasol Protectorate series up like candy.

This is the first installment where we meet Alexia Tarabotti. She doesn’t fit the ideal of Victorian English womanhood. She is a...

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Louis L'Amour
Charles
3

Having never read a Western novel before and only having John Wayne movies to influence my opinion of the genre, I was a bit skeptical as to whether or not I would like The Ferguson Rifle by Louis L’Amour.  The book is set shortly after the Lewis and Clark expedition that explored...

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Caleb Carr
Zac
4

A top notch mystery – one of the best and most complete I’ve ever read. Set in New York City in 1896, the novel unfolds through the eyes of a New York Times journalist who has connections in all the right places. As a series of murders begin to show signs of similarity, a carefully crafted team...

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Julie Berry
Melody
4

In a small Puritan village, two girls disappeared mysteriously. Two years later, one of the girls returns alive but unable to speak of what happened. Shunned and shamed by her family and the village, Julie must stand silently by as the boy she loves marries another. An attack on the village...

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Kirby Larson
KateM
3

I picked up Hattie Big Sky because I am not a huge fan of westerns and I thought I would try easing into the genre with a Young Adult novel. Hattie Big Sky could be called a more grown up version of Little House on the Prairie. Orphaned at a young age, Hattie Brooks has been shuttled between...

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1783-1842 Stendhal
Alison
3

Stendhal’s The Red and the Black is a coming-of-age novel of Julien Sorel.  Moments of dramatic, some may say melodramatic events, guide the narrative: Julien leaves his father’s home, Julien has an affair with his first employer’s wife, Julien climbs up in the world with the strong claws...

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Radclyffe Hall
Alison
4

Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness first appeared in the 1920s, pushing against a wall of “normalcy” that continues to exist nearly one hundred years later.  The protagonist, a girl born into English wealth and given the name Stephen, as her parents believed for nine months in a boy,...

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C. Alan Bradley
Em
5

The last Flavia de Luce novel ended with one of the best cliffhangers I’ve ever read, and picking up from that moment, this new installment did not disappoint. When I started tearing up just in the first chapter, I knew I was in for a great read. When I almost started bawling during a scene not...

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Hanya Yanagihara
Lily
4

I have never read a book like The People in the Trees, except maybe Lolita. The reader gets drawn deeply into the moral relativism of the first person narrator: a racist, misogynist pedophile and acclaimed scientist. Creepy, intriguing, and beautifully written The People in the...

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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...