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Survey of Historical Fiction

Description: This is intended to represent a broad survey of historical fiction from many different periods in time. I am using it to guide my exploration of this genre. Please thumbs up any recommendations you have. Note: Some selections may not be strictly historical fiction, but I'm including them because I enjoyed them and because I think they offered an interesting perspective on historical events.

Members: 7 participating members (show all)

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1
12,988 members, 324 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: peterveen (2), dianeham (3), kara.shamy (3), sturlington (14)

Explanations:

sturlington (14): Completed for HistoryCAT

2
4,145 members, 268 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: peterveen (1), dianeham (2), hipdeep (2), kara.shamy (11)

Thumbs down: sturlington

3
4,187 members, 165 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (2), sturlington (4), dianeham (10), peterveen (18)

Explanations:

ahef1963 (2): I have heard it described as the best crime novel ever. It's really good.

4
6,810 members, 334 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: dianeham (1), KimarieBee (2), sturlington (12)

5
4,385 members, 265 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: peterveen (6), dianeham (8), sturlington (15), kara.shamy (20)

6
3,787 members, 279 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

Lists: sturlington (2), kara.shamy (4), peterveen (7)

7
7,577 members, 190 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (1), sturlington (5), peterveen (17)

8
1,808 members, 43 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (1), peterveen (5), sturlington (17)

9
2,837 members, 183 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: peterveen (3), KimarieBee (4), dianeham (6), kara.shamy (14)

Thumbs down: sturlington

10
4,058 members, 138 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (4), dianeham (5), sturlington (6)

Explanations:

ahef1963 (4): One of the best. Partially epistolary, so vivid in detail.

11
8,839 members, 527 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (1), peterveen (4), kara.shamy (6), dianeham (7)

Thumbs down: sturlington, ahef1963

Explanations:

ahef1963 (0): Way too many characters to remember. I kept losing track of who was who.

12
8,860 members, 130 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (5), sturlington (7), peterveen (8)

13
1,331 members, 69 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: dianeham (4), sturlington (13), kara.shamy (13)

14
24,561 members, 271 reviews
3.4 stars (3.4 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (1), sturlington (8)

Explanations:

ahef1963 (1): A real favourite. As vibrant a tale today as it was when it was written.

15
2,855 members, 232 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1), dianeham (9)

16
10,275 members, 174 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (2), sturlington (9)

17
24,498 members, 320 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (3), KimarieBee (6), peterveen (21)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Explanations:

ahef1963 (3): a) The first Dickens I ever read, and I was swept away by the story. b) Bring Kleenex.

18
29,607 members, 473 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (5), sturlington (10), peterveen (10)

Thumbs down: dianeham

Explanations:

ahef1963 (5): Excellent.

19
15,694 members, 276 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: sturlington (3), peterveen (20), kara.shamy (22)

Thumbs down: ahef1963

Explanations:

ahef1963 (0): I managed to finish it, but only with the help of an online source that steered me through what she was talking about. Unnecessarily dense.

sturlington (3): Slavery, America

20
6,203 members, 102 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

Lists: dianeham (11), ahef1963 (11), peterveen (15)

Thumbs down: sturlington

21
1,918 members, 42 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: peterveen (9), sturlington (16)

23
13,665 members, 334 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (3), ahef1963 (9)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Explanations:

ahef1963 (9): A weird tale, verging on if not actually horror, but certainly worth reading.

24
5,900 members, 223 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (7), peterveen (11)

Thumbs down: sturlington

25
5,599 members, 176 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (8), peterveen (12)

Thumbs down: sturlington

26
6,635 members, 121 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (10), peterveen (13)

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27
3,658 members, 140 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (10), peterveen (14)

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28
3,094 members, 53 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (12), peterveen (16)

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29
12,765 members, 353 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (5)

Thumbs down: sturlington

30
17,385 members, 681 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (6)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Explanations:

sturlington (0): abandoned

ahef1963 (6): If I had a top ten favourite books list, this one would be on it. History, vampires, mystery, beautiful settings; it's grand.

31
14,100 members, 274 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (7)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Explanations:

ahef1963 (7): Lovely book.

32
13,747 members, 337 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (8)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Explanations:

ahef1963 (8): Another great book. Gives so much power to the women who populate the Old Testament.

33
3,947 members, 116 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (9)

Thumbs down: sturlington

34
2,707 members, 116 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (12)

Thumbs down: sturlington

35
1,807 members, 49 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (14)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Sadly, it is not available at my library.

ahef1963 (14): I love this one so much that one of my children is named for a character in this book. It is chick flick meets historical fiction and it is a great story.… (more)

36
1,802 members, 122 reviews
3.46 stars (3.46 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (15)

Thumbs down: sturlington

37
1,961 members, 142 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (16)

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38
599 members, 82 reviews
3.36 stars (3.36 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (17)

Thumbs down: sturlington

39
244 members, 3 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (18)

Thumbs down: sturlington

40
140 members, 14 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (19)

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41
4,167 members, 190 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (21)

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42
464 members, 2 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: peterveen (19)

Thumbs down: sturlington, ahef1963

Explanations:

ahef1963 (0): Reading one of the books I can imagine, but it's pretty dry getting through all four.

43
9,654 members, 229 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Thumbs down: sturlington, ahef1963

Explanations:

ahef1963 (0): Honestly, it's great for light reading, but it's not well-written.

44
6,695 members, 156 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Thumbs down: sturlington, ahef1963

Explanations:

ahef1963 (0): This is probably just me, but as I don't know port from starboard, I felt dreadfully lost in a book that is constantly needing the reader to know where the characters are on the ship!… (more)

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Started by: sturlington (September 2014)

Type: Numbered and unnumbered

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