Articles tagged historical fiction

Where ‘The Tudors’ and ‘The Borgias’ Use Sex and Violence, ‘Wolf Hall’ Uses Language

Wolf Hall may lack the naturalism and graphic sex and violence of other period dramas, but it's all the better for it.

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Russell Crowe’s War Drama ‘The Water Diviner’ Is Awards Season Sap

Instead of a potent post-war drama, first time director Russell Crowe gives us a jumbled, often incoherent attempt at an epic.

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‘The Red Tent’ Has Regaled Readers for 17 Years, and It Remains as Powerful as Ever

Anita Diamant’s storytelling is exceptional. There’s something here for everyone in a work which is an unquestioned masterpiece of historical fiction.

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Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler

Material like this should make for a riveting story, but Sheila Kohler settles for a merely engaging one.

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Abraham Lincoln took an axe and gave some vampires 40 whacks.

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So interesting to see what can be imagined from a plot idea of a few words. Years ago, screenwriter and novelist David Benioff began with

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LOS ANGELES—Gruesome it may be to ponder, but it is a matter of fact that Mary, Queen of Scots, lost her head on Feb. 8, 1587.

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Annette Vallon: A Novel of the French Revolution by James Tipton

This debut novel by English professor Tipton is a well-researched view of life in the Loire Valley during the Revolution.

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21 Oct 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney

There's history, adventure, wit, and suspense. It's no surprise that the book won Britain's Costa Book of the Year in 2006.

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2 Aug 2007 // 9:59 PM

Peony in Love: A Novel by Lisa See

Lisa See's Peony in Love about a lovelorn maiden disappoints as a novel but is a fascinating window on historical China.

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1 Aug 2007 // 9:59 PM

Charity Girl by Michael Lowenthal

Harsh Charity Girl explores horrific treatment of women during WWI.

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25 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland

A perspective on art from the inside out; Susan Vreeland's Luncheon of the Boating Party explores a Renoir work.

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24 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

Peony in Love: A Novel by Lisa See

Peony brings to life the heartache of women in 17th century China.

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10 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Gentle Axe by R.N. Morris

Morris' novel is a book not about the metaphysics of murder, but rather the metaphysics of the investigation of murders.

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20 Jun 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Religion by Tim Willocks

This sweeping epic romance set against the Turkish siege of Malta in 1565 might be a candidate for best novel of the year -- were it not so very badly written.

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3 Jun 2007 // 9:59 PM

Sovereign by C. J. Sansom

C.J. Sansom's richly textured historical thriller Sovereign is set in the 1540s and in the darkening twilight of Henry VIII's grip on power.

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Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn

The quest for the true cause of Sir Edward's death takes the reader into some truly dark territory. We have a come a long way since "the butler did it".

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24 May 2007 // 9:59 PM

Up in Honeys Room by Elmore Leonard

Leonard's novels give you a better feel for America than any of the brooding fictional meditations on the emptiness of suburbia come close to doing.

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25 Apr 2007 // 9:59 PM

Angelica by Arthur Phillips

Who's haunting whom in Arthur Phillips' Angelica, a tale of psychological terror in a Victorian family?

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12 Apr 2007 // 9:59 PM

Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier

William Blake stuffed, mounted, museum-ready.

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