historical fiction

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011

Imperium is the first of a planned trilogy about the life and times of the great Roman orator and politician Cicero. Imperium (“the power of life and death as vested by the state in an individual”) takes place from 79 B.C.

Thursday, Sep 15, 2011

Moon over Manifest won the 2011 Newberry award. That was enough reason for me to read it, but I quite enjoyed it and want to offer a few more reasons.

Monday, Aug 22, 2011

I decided to read The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean after reading and listening to the remarkable City of Thieves by David Benioff. Ms.

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011

Set in the 1640’s on Martha’s Vineyard – called only “The Island” at that time – this is a work of fiction based on the real life story of Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, a member of the Wopanaak tribe and the first Native American to graduate from Harvard University, a college originally intended to educate “the savages.” The story is told by Bethia, daughter of mi

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011

Having enjoyed the first three season's of Showtimes "The Tudors", I was anxious to view this fourth and final season. In this final season, we meet King Henry VIII's last two wives, Katherine Howard and Catherine Parr, who are played beautifully by Tamzin Merchant and Joely Richardson, respectively. The entire season is comprised of only 10 episodes. The first five episodes deal with King Henry's affair and marriage to the very young and morally questionable Katherine Howard

Thursday, Jun 23, 2011

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is startlingly good. It is the first book in a series that features a retired Sherlock Holmes and his young, female apprentice. Mary Russell is about fifteen years old when she stumbles upon Holmes in the English countryside.

Monday, Jun 20, 2011

H.G. Wells is best known for his works of science fiction but he also wrote domestic comic novels, one being The History of Mr. Polly. Like his author, Alfred Polly is born into the suburban lower-middle-class of early 20th century England , a class known for its conservatism, restrictiveness, and respectability. As a boy, Alfred attends a National School where he receives a poor education but at age thirteen, he discovers reading and its joys. Adventure stories and comics are his favorites.

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011

Nothing will deter persistent, inquisitive Mary Sutter from realizing her dream of becoming a surgeon. Already a skilled midwife but with no immediate prospect of being apprenticed as a surgeon, Mary leaves home to nurse the wounded at the outbreak of the Civil War. Not even the horrendous and life-threatening unsanitary conditions of the Union hospitals, the suffering of the maimed and dying, or the urgent pleas from her family to come home will sway Mary from her goal.

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Rated by
Diane H.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Shanghai Girls tells the story of two sisters, Pearl and May. They were known as "beautiful girls", meaning that they posed for artists who used the paintings for "beautiful girl" posters, calendars and various advertisements. The girls lived what was, to them, an enchanted life.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Steven King and I agree that Scott Snyder has written a wonderful, fresh take on vampires. Steve liked it so much that he asked – yes, asked! – if he could contribute. Together, Snyder and King, along with illustrator Rafael Albuquerque, have written a vampire series that is bloody and scary and beautifully depicted. It’s got fangs and claws and only a vary little bit of kissing. It also has flappers and cowboys. Awesome, huh?