(member since Dec 25, 2010)
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.
@Viji -- yes
Yep -- those look fine.
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.
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
There is also the The Crown
by Nancy Bilyeau
. I think that this is a series.
Anything with a blacksmith would also work.
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.
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.
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.
Yes -- Viji, this will work.
@Kristin, It's never too late.....this is more of a personal challenge and people definitely went over year boundaries.
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.
Yes, a painting is considered a piece of art.
yes -- that works. It's a great book.
@Gretchen -- yes, that will work.
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.
@wanda - sure
@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?