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Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright

4.41  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Love does not conquer all, but when all of Europe is on fire, it’s better than going to hell alone.

Twelve years of terror end with a world in flames. Behind filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl’s stirring footage of a million joyous patriots, the horror of Nazi Germany slowly unfolds. It engulfs Katja Sommer, a “good German” with dangerous desires; Frederica Brandt, a traitor to he
Paperback, 264 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Bold Strokes Books (first published March 1st 2012)
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Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright starts in 1934, when the Nazis are solidifying their power over German. A group of thirteen Germans are working on a (real) propaganda film, Triumph des Willens. The coming years will change them all, even as their lives continue to intersect. Although there are thirteen of them (including at least one "real" person, Leni Riefenstahl), there are four "main" characters.

There is Frederica, a half-German, half-British woman who gains access to the inner ranks of the Naz
Four and a half stars, rounded up to five.

Tyger Tyger Burning Bright is not your standard lesfic. This is a fascinating novel that spans an eleven year period, from the filming of the Triumph of Will during the 1934 German Party Congress in Nuremberg to the end of WW II in 1945. Saracen blends historical and fictional characters seamlessly and brings authenticity to the story, focusing on the impacts of this time on “regular, normal people” who find themselves dragged into events that they neit
A tricky rating situation. If I'm rating it against traditional Lesfic (which this book absolutely is NOT), it's off the charts. If I'm rating it against mainstream fiction, it's a 4+.

I actually read the blurb when I first saw the book but didn’t remember any of it when I picked it up to read. I’m glad I didn’t, as I felt a few important plot points were given away in the blurb. The author does an excellent job focusing primarily on the arcs of the four main characters set against the tumultuous
Nolly  Sepulveda
Feb 27, 2012 Nolly Sepulveda rated it it was amazing
My computer stalled as I was writing my review, so here is what I felt as I followed the characters and the people they encountered, like many stories it held many emotions, from happy to sad, from elation to frustration, but the strongest was anger! Anger at a nation, at a people who could commit such acts and try to justify them as neccessary as a cleansing to Their survival, was just wrong. It's sad to know that there are still those out there with these same beliefs today.
Love books that involve history. Just wish there was a solid epilogue that came with the story.
Jill Sorenson
Mar 30, 2012 Jill Sorenson rated it liked it
Some parts were brilliant and some parts were boring. Very high quality as far as writing and historical research.

My full review is posted at Smexy Books:

I requested this book from NetGalley because the description included the words “lesbian” and “romance.” What I found in the pages was so much more than I expected, but I came away feeling unsatisfied.

Katja Sommers, the heroine, is a young lady who works on a film crew in Nazi Germany. The crew is collect
Chris Wolak
Jan 25, 2012 Chris Wolak rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: WWII historical fiction fans, LGBT fiction fans
I didn't learn in school that "homosexuals" were a group targeted by the Nazis. I distinctly remember first hearing about it in the late 80s from the silence = death campaign created during the early years of the AIDS epidemic. When I came across Justine Saracen's new novel, Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright, I was intrigued by its focus on gay and lesbian Germans trying to negotiate the Nazi regime and WWII.

The novel covers twelve years (from September 8, 1935 to April 18, 1945) in the lives of seve
Jan 31, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it
First off, let me say that TYGER, TYGER, BURNING BRIGHT is NOT Nazi propaganda (I'm looking at YOU, Photobucket!). It's a book about German citizens, four in particular who are gay, fighting the regime from the inside. Two end up in camps with one signing up for the SS in order to get out, one goes into hiding in plain sight and the fourth bides her time working for the Ministry of Propaganda in order to smuggle confidential information out of the country to the Allies.

I've said it before and I'
Suzanne Egerton
Apr 30, 2014 Suzanne Egerton rated it really liked it
Justine Saracen's books never let you down. You know she will always come up with a clever take on an old story, the obvious always discarded in favour of a fresh, fascinating point of view. And there is comfort and confidence in knowing that all the detail will be right, all the research will have been done meticulously, the writing will flow in an economical and unmannered way, and nothing will impede the story. Usually the starting point is a known episode in history or ancient record, plus a ...more
Heidi Gonzalez
Mar 26, 2012 Heidi Gonzalez rated it it was amazing
I expected your typical lesbian love story but what I got was something completely different. Saracen gives us a history lesson of what it was like to live in Berlin during Hitlers rein. We watch Katja struggle with what is happening in the world around her and with the changes she sees in her homeland and her military husband. She finds herself being drawn closer to Frederica Brandt one of the secretaries for a top Nazi in the department of Propaganda. When her affection turns to love and when ...more
Feb 20, 2012 Liviu rated it it was amazing
just finished Tyger, Tyger and it was surprisingly good - I had some expectations as I requested it after all, but since it was marked as LGBT fiction, I expected something more same-sex romantic with historical fiction on the side and actually the book is the other way around, historical fiction with the LGBT stuff important but integrated very well.

I will have a full rv soon but one more point I want to add is that the author recreated very well the times and the book's quite matter of fact to
Feb 15, 2012 Lindsay rated it really liked it
Received early copy from Net Galley

This book was one that caught my interests immediately with the description. WWII and some LGBT from the 40's? Yes.

I read this as a fiction tale and then come to find out much of it was true. I wish this book was longer though - I could have used a bit more of the history going on - the descriptive telling seemed a bit rushed.

BUT I loved it. I'll recommend it to everyone I know (which are quite a few people) that would love this historical fiction.

The only th
Baxter Trautman
Four German friends entangled in the emotional, physical and intellectual conflict of WWII Berlin struggle to survive. Told with Saracen's trademark meticulousness and attention to detail.
Lamar Latrell
Sep 24, 2016 Lamar Latrell rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, lesbian
An excellent exercise in "Tell don't show" and the power of ironic juxtaposition. I realize that I have very specific tastes, and that most books don't appeal to me (but I read them anyway), hoping for at least a literary experience I might enjoy. As happens a little too often for me with books of this quality, everything is a little too convenient, the coincidences that move the plot along are not very convincing, and I'm left rolling my eyes more than enjoying the story. That said, I'm not a f ...more
Dec 10, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
This was a lot better than I thought it would be. As in, not quite literature, but pretty good. I was concerned at first when I realized the main character worked for Leni Riefenstahl - I wondered if I was going to be expected to sympathize with someone who supported the Nazis, or excuse her for not thinking that much about the political consequences of her work. But Katja quickly does come to question the Nazis, and it was interesting to read the perspective of Germans who were unhappy with wha ...more
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Aug 12, 2015 Elisa Rolle rated it it was amazing
2012 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
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From the author's website: How a mild-mannered academic went astray and began writing lesbian fiction:
A recovered academic, Justine Saracen started out producing dreary theses, dissertations and articles for esoteric literary journals. Writing fiction, it turned out, was way more fun. With seven historical thrillers now under her literary belt, she has moved from Ancient Egyptian theology (The 100
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