LitStack Review: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

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The Museum of Extraordinary Things Alice Hoffman Scribner First Edition:  February 18, 2014 ISBN 978-1-4516-9356-0 Part fairy tale, part morality play, part historical fiction, Alice Hoffman’s 31st novel, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, pays homage to New York City in 1911.  While much of the action takes place prior  to […]

LitStack Review: Hild by Nicola Griffith

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Hild Nicola Griffith Farrar, Straus and Giroux First Edition:  November 12, 2013 ISBN 978-0-374-28087-1 Seventh century Britain: a time when men’s ambitions were larger than their means, when life was simple and hard and brutal.  There was beauty, too, but it rarely lasted.  Illiterate kings warred, scheming religions undermined each […]

LitStack Review: Longbourn by Jo Baker

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Longbourn Jo Baker Alfred A. Knopf Publication Date:  October 8, 2013 ISBN 978-0-385-35123-2 The promotional tagline for Jo Baker’s new historical fiction novel is “Pride and Prejudice is only half the story.”  I would put forward that Pride and Prejudice is merely the polished flooring that this marvelously realized story […]

LitStack Review: Thieves’ Quarry by DB Jackson

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Thieves’ Quarry DB Jackson Tor Books ISBN-10: 0765327627  Ethan Kaille isn’t the likeliest hero. A former sailor with a troubled past, Ethan is a thieftaker, using conjuring skills to hunt down those who steal from the good citizens of Boston. And while chasing down miscreants in 1768 makes his life […]

LitStack Review: The House Girl by Tara Conklin

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The House Girl Tara Conklin HarperCollins Publishers First Edition: February 12, 2013 ISBN 978-0-06-220739-5 Mister hit Josephine with the palm of his hand across her left cheek and it was then she knew she would run.  She heard the whistle of the blow, felt the sting of skin against skin, […]

Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, by Emma Straub (Riverhead Books)

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Last March—as readers of this blog may recall—Jennifer Lawrence climbed the stairs to accept the Oscar for Best Actress, and tripping on the hem of her voluminous gown, fell on her way to the stage. But like the young and seemingly unflappable person she is, she gamely brushed herself off […]

LitStack Review: Blood Makes Noise by Gregory Widen

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Blood Makes Noise Gregory Widen Thomas & Mercer First Edition: April 30, 2013 ISBN 978-1-6110-9899-0 Is it truly “historical fiction” if someone takes a gap in history and fills it with a seemingly plausible set of events, using speculation to connect the dots between the points that are known to […]

Featured Author Review: Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal

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Without A Summer Mary Robinette Kowal Tor Books 1st Edition: April 2, 2013 ISBN 978-0-7653-3415-2 —♦— Let me say this:  I utterly enjoyed Mary Robinette Kowal’s second novel in her Glamourist Histories series, Glamour in Glass, with its early 1800s historical intrigue and cultural exploratives, but after the initial Shades […]

Celebrating Black History Month: LitStack Review – Freeman by Leonard Pitts Jr.

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Freeman Leonard Pitts Jr. Agate Bolden ISBN-10: 1932841644 — ♦ — With the movie “Django Unchained” sparking so much debate in America about the “real” lives of slaves, I found Leonard Pitts Jr.’s novel Freeman to actually be a perfect companion to the movie, minus the extreme violence that Tarantino […]

Celebrating Black History Month: Review – March With Me by Rosalie T. Turner

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In celebration of Black History Month, we are honored to feature works by and/or about the civil rights movement and those writers and characters who have sacrificed more than their hearts and lives in the name of racial equality. Equality, in all facets, is not wholly complete and it is […]