Tag: historical fiction

How Our Stories Get Told: The Aeronauts

redmayne and jones in the aeronauts

The Aeronauts

Directed By: Tom Harper

So The Aeronauts is about a ballooning trip to study weather in 1862 London that goes horribly wrong. I decided to give this a go because it looked pretty and sounded interesting but I have to tell you the minute it was obvious Amelia was taking the dog with her I started Googling spoilers.

Who cares about these two what happens to the dog?

Only I found a more interesting story.

You Learn Something New In Every Book

the book woman of troublesome creek

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

By: Kim Michele Richardson

I received an ARC of this one from Netgalley but it’s long since out and I am just catching up. I think I’d best describe this as a slice of life about a Pack Horse Librarian in 1930’s era Kentucky Mountains.

So it’s not the easiest of lives nor is her mission to deliver books to her patrons deep in the exceedingly poor mountain areas.

Also, she’s blue.

Book One & the Backstabbing is Already Out of Control

The Iron King

The Iron King

By: Maurice Druon

Being in the mood (well a week ago anyway) I jumped at the chance to read The Iron King. George R.R. Martin himself called it “the original Game of Thrones,” plus it’s the start of a series based on the 100 Years War.

And it was translated from French so I can pat myself on the back for reading another translated book 🙂 Priorities right?

The Mermaid is Beside the Point

the mermaid and mrs. hancock

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

By: Imogen Hermes Gowar

Grade: A-

It seemed like there were a million books about the sea or some creature in it this summer but I knew I wanted to read this one ages ago. It’s an adult novel about a merchant in 1700’s London whose Captain sells his ship for a mermaid corpse. (He takes it a hell of a lot better than most people would by the way.) And how his life intersects with a courtesan trying to manage a better position for herself.

Mermaids and courtesans seemed like a great combination.

I Prefer the Ruin

love and ruin

Love and Ruin

By: Paula McLain

Grade: B+

*I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Love and Ruin is the story of Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gelhorn’s tumultuous meeting, romance and eventual marriage. Paula McLain wrote Circling the Sun which was one of my favorite books a few years ago and remains so. Whereas I definitely have more mixed feelings about this book but mainly I preferred the ruin part.

We Want the Myth

I Was Anastasia

I Was Anastasia

By: Ariel Lawhon

Grade: B

Anastasia Romanov was one the daughters of the last Czar of Russia. The family was taken prisoner during the revolution and disappeared. (No one learned until decades later what their actual fate had been.) A couple of years later a young woman throws herself off a bridge in Germany. She later comes to be known as Anna Anderson but for many people she was the Duchess Anastasia.

I’m not sure if I should mark spoilers or not but if you aren’t aware of the real life story or it’s resolution and you want to go into the book that way- you probably shouldn’t keep reading.