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22454 I read this last spring. I enjoyed it -- but I had really high expectations and it didn't quite live up to them. I think it was partly because I did the audio.

Don't get me wrong, there was nothing wrong with the narration or narrator --- in fact they were good. However, often when I am listening, I am doing something else (driving, housework). I think that this book warrants your full attention and due to the nature of audio books, it didn't get that.
Nov 06, 2015 06:04PM

22454 @Viji -- yes
Nov 05, 2015 08:42AM

22454 Yep -- those look fine.
Nov 04, 2015 08:53PM

22454 Traditional historical fiction should be a straight up historical fiction story, meaning it is a story that doesn't fit into any of the other sub-genres. You need to be careful with the historical fiction genre on GoodReads. Some folks categorize anything in their personal past as historical fiction. We have a definition that the book should have a setting that is 50 years prior to the publication date.
Nov 04, 2015 06:43AM

22454 In general, time travel books are not considered alternate history. Some people tend to tag them as such so again, technically you can use it, but I'm not sure from the definition if it really meets the true definition of alternate history.

Alternate history is when a major historical event turns out differently. Examples, the other side wins a war, someone else wins an election. Some of the people that are known in this field are Harry Turtledove or Eric Flint.
Nov 02, 2015 12:02PM

22454 There is also the The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau. I think that this is a series.

Anything with a blacksmith would also work.
Nov 02, 2015 12:00PM

22454 Viji wrote: "Would The Anubis Gates qualify for the task Historical Fantasy (HFU Challenge 2015 - M.A.)?


Yes -- it has the tag of fantasy and historical fiction.
Oct 21, 2015 11:28AM

22454 Viji wrote: "I want to start on my M.A.(2015). I have a few queries on this:

1.Any book which I completed in 2015 (from January to December 2015) could be used for M.A. (2015) challenge (of course, other than ..."

Sorry --- have been busy with house-guests.
1) You can use any book that you have read this year that you did NOT use for your BA. In other words, each book can only be used once.

2) You can use any book that has the correct sub-genre. The books do not need to be related in any way for the 5 from the same sub-genre. (In the PhD, you are supposed to read about a related subject)

3) Yes, you can do 2 sub-genres if you would like.

Yes, 1906 is about a real historical event.
Oct 12, 2015 05:22PM

22454 Viji --- I know that you have some difficulty getting books, but when it is obvious that the book meets the requirement you do not have to get it "pre-approved". All of these seems obvious from the description except I Am Livia. Without having a copy of the book, I'm not sure if it meets the requirement. If the story is told using first person, than it is find (using "I" as the story-telling point of view).

The requirements for 2015 Masters is the same as 2014.
Sep 25, 2015 08:37AM

22454 Yes -- Viji, this will work.
Sep 15, 2015 08:56PM

22454 @Kristin, It's never too late.....this is more of a personal challenge and people definitely went over year boundaries.
Sep 15, 2015 06:04PM

22454 Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten* wrote: "Ah, damn. I was gonna second Golem & the Jinni lol.

hmm... I'll nominate The Paradise War by Stephen R Lawhead."

I will second The Paradise War.
Sep 15, 2015 04:57PM

22454 Yes, a painting is considered a piece of art.
Sep 14, 2015 04:37PM

22454 yes
Sep 11, 2015 09:00AM

22454 yes -- that works. It's a great book.
Aug 21, 2015 02:52PM

22454 @Gretchen -- yes, that will work.
22454 If you don't mind some "fantasy" elements, Guy Gavriel Kay has written a set of books set in a world that closely resembles medieval Europe. They do not have elves or orgres, but there are some magical elements. Each book is set in a different part of this world. The Lions of Al-Rassan is one of my all time favorites!!

Also there is a Josephine trilogy by Sandra Gulland which has some romance (Josephine -- the wife of Napolean).

I second the Deborah Harkness recommendation. Also one of my favorites.

Lastly, there is a new-ish time travel novel called The River of No Return which has a nice romance, but also secret societies.
22454 @wanda - sure
Jul 30, 2015 03:18PM

22454 @Gretchen, sure.
Jun 22, 2015 03:27PM

22454 @Gretchen, this sounds like a good book, but I'm not sure that I would count this as a coup or overthrow. Didn't both Maud and Stephen have some claim to the throne?
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