Category Archives: Historical Fiction

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan; Just My Type, by Simon Garfield

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A fiction adventure that will make you want to learn about typography, and a non-fiction book to teach you about it.

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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Catherynne M. Valente: 3.5/5

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September has waited all year for Fairyland to reveal itself to her again. She wants nothing more than to experience the lightness and joy that Fairyland has to offer, after the darkness …

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The Halloween Tree, by Ray Bradbury: 4.5/5

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Good for: This is a Halloween classic! It’s great, not only for children, but for anyone who wants a spooky introduction to the history of the …

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The Color of Earth Series, by Kim Dong Hwa: 2.5/5

Good for: I was frequently unsettled by the strange combination of biological facts about coming of age, what seemed like very incorrect …

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Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell: 5/5

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Good for: People who like books that are awesome. Adventure, science fiction, historical fiction, and suspense thriller—this book has a story …

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The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick deWitt: 4/5

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What do you do when you have an “illustrated book reviews” blog and a book’s paperback cover is already way more awesome than anything …

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Death Comes to Pemberley, by P.D. James: 2.5/5

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Good for: fans of Pride and Prejudice (though if you’re anything like me, it’ll just make you antsy for it to be over so you can go read Pride

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Deathless, by Catherynne M. Valente: 4/5

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Marya Morevna sees the underside of the world—the magic behind the facade of normal life. But the world is changing rapidly—each bird that falls …

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Grave Mercy, by Robin LaFevers: 2.5/5

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Good for: While the book is awfully predictable, some people really enjoy getting exactly what they expect out of a story. And …

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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Unseen Guest, by Maryrose Wood: 4/5

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Good for: kids and up! Heck, get all the Incorrigible Children books for the art alone. Every time I finish an Incorrigible Children book I try …

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