History, Like This

2 Dec

You probably don’t know me about this (yet) but I’m a history addict.  And the place where my two greatest loves (history and fiction) meet is not QUITE historical fiction, but something else altogether. There’s myth there, there’s maybe some alternate history there, there’s truth and beauty and lyricism there–but whatever I love, it’s not quite historical fiction. Think Jim Shepard.

Or, think Steve Himmer, who wrote this fantastic riff on a familiar legend for Dark Sky. (Not to mention this book.)

Or think this great piece by Peter Schwartz and Barry Graham at Wigleaf.

Or this one by the wonderful Jen Gann at American Short Fiction.

4 Responses to “History, Like This”

  1. thenerdynegress December 3, 2010 at 1:34 am #

    When I was in high school I read a lot of historical romance novels. I memorized a ton of information from them and impressed my social studies teachers. Sometimes I envy High School Ashley.

    • Amber Sparks December 3, 2010 at 3:25 am #

      Not any Victoria Holt, by any chance? I ate that stuff up in high school. It was a way to read sex scenes and still feel smart. 🙂

      Sent from my iPhone

      • thenerdynegress December 3, 2010 at 3:59 am #

        Victoria Holt and V.C. Andrews all day, everyday. I was figuring out what that sex stuff was like and adults just loved that I was reading at all. Just another way smart kids get over.

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