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Book Review: A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood
books / historical fantasy / historical fiction

Book Review: A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood

A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls edited by Jessica Spotswood Candlewick Press, March 2016 Genre: YA, Historical Fiction (with some Fantasy) From an impressive sisterhood of YA writers comes an edge-of-your-seat anthology of historical fiction and fantasy featuring a diverse array of daring heroines. Criss-cross America — on … Continue reading

When You’re On the Wrong Side of History (Part 2)
12th century / historical fiction / movies / Uncategorized

When You’re On the Wrong Side of History (Part 2)

Or: The Dark Side. Or: The Crusades as Fought by Hunksome Orlando Bloom. Last week I wrote about my admiration for the Masterpiece drama Indian Summers and the way the writers create ambiguous characters while staying fairly true to history. As we were finishing up the show’s season finale, I happened to be watching a very … Continue reading

When You’re on the Wrong Side of History (Part 1)
england / historical fiction / india / movies

When You’re on the Wrong Side of History (Part 1)

How do you get an audience to root for someone who’s on the wrong side of history? When you’re writing a book or screenplay, it can be a tricky business. You have to make the character seem sympathetic, while still staying true to the history. You can’t shrink from portraying the brutal realities of his or … Continue reading

Lair of Dreams and the American Dream (Spoilers)
19th century / 20th century / books / dreams / historical fantasy

Lair of Dreams and the American Dream (Spoilers)

Just as I was starting school at the end of August, Libba Bray’s long-awaited Lair of Dreams hit shelves. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of pretty much anything she writes, and The Diviners, a sprawling historical thriller set in the 1920s, set my expectations high for her new series. Luckily, Lair of Dreams delivers, delving into fascinating … Continue reading