Category: historical fiction.

Book Review: The Braver Thing by Clifford Jackman

Book Review: The Braver Thing by Clifford Jackman

A few months ago I was scrolling through a publishing catalog and I came across a work of literary fiction all about pirates in the 1700s, so obviously I had to read it! Old-timey pirates; I find them equal parts fascinating and scary. I was curious to see if these...
Book Review: The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Book Review: The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, although I do like to dabble every once in awhile, and The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave caught my eye because it deals with witches, at least, the idea of them. It’s also based on a true story, which again,...
Book Review: Ridgerunner by Gil Adamson

Book Review: Ridgerunner by Gil Adamson

I groaned inwardly as I read the description for this book as a ‘literary western’. I generally hate the western genre, I find it very dull, I don’t like guns and I’m not really a horse person, so what is there for me? Luckily I picked up...
Book Review: Here I Am! by Pauline Holdstock

Book Review: Here I Am! by Pauline Holdstock

Some may cringe at the thought of reading a book written in the voice of a six-year-old, but once you get past the simplistic dialogue and extraneous words, the story behind the boy is a spectacular one. For those who read Room by Emma Donoghue and enjoyed it,...
Book Review: These Ghosts are Family by Maisy Card

Book Review: These Ghosts are Family by Maisy Card

When a book opens with a family tree, you can expect a few things; there will be many characters, there will be drama, and you will have to refer back to said family tree throughout the book to ground yourself in what’s going on. If any of those things...
Book Review: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Book Review: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

I’m reminded of a particular quote: “This might hurt a little. Be brave.” when I think of The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. That sentence appears at the beginning of Megan Gail Coles’ book Small Game Hunting, but it’s all too...