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Apr 12, 2017 10:48AM

23615 I'd be hesitant in using it for something before about 1840.
Jul 22, 2015 11:40AM

23615 Michael Shaara I like - his son, Jeff, is not the writer his father was.
Jun 24, 2015 11:30AM

23615 Yeah, Go Set a Watchman intrigues me. (Scarlett, not so much.)
Apr 12, 2015 06:22PM

Apr 03, 2015 11:54AM

23615 I was reading (picture books) in the 60s, but mostly being read to. I was partial to Dr. Seuss, Goodnight Moon, and Where the Wild Things Are. (I remember the 60s, but only vaguely; I wasn't yet 4 when the calendar turned to 1970.)

I've often seen "50 years before the present" used as the marker for "historical fiction." I've also seen "times not in the memory of the author" as the criteria. I like the term "vintage" for stuff that probably isn't quite old enough for "historical fiction," but certainly isn't set contemporaneously, either.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is great on the 60s, as is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Mar 15, 2015 12:18PM

23615 I think you'd need to suggest it at the GR Feedback group; I don't know of a way to do it via a current setting. (You can find the Feedback group on the Groups page; it's at the right hand side, with the two other "official" groups, the Librarians group and the Authors group.)
Feb 08, 2015 08:25PM

23615 I doubt very much that they were smoking in public in small-town South Carolina, though...
Jan 03, 2015 12:39PM

23615 Well, specifically she's complaining about a woman smoking them in public in a small southern town, in the 19th century, and no one making a fuss about it.

ETA: I think cigarettes were invented by then, but they weren't smoked much in the U.S. until the 20th century, and women smoking them in public was a scandal well into the 1920s.
Jan 03, 2015 10:51AM

23615 My mother's rolling her eyes at one now. Someone's smoking cigarettes, before cigarettes were invented.
Dec 29, 2014 06:42PM

23615 I'd pass "OK" for anything after 1840, speaking as a reader. (Since it's a coinage of that year's presidential campaign.)
Oct 30, 2014 11:17AM

23615 Killer Angels was not only a Pulitzer winner; it was one people actually read. (And so they should, as it's a great book.)
Oct 11, 2014 11:29AM

23615 Oh dear.
Oct 11, 2014 11:28AM

23615 How is The Shell Seekers American historical fiction? Good book, but set almost entirely in Britain.
Oct 07, 2014 08:34PM

23615 That link isn't a link.
Mar 08, 2014 11:50AM

23615 Sin Killer is the first book in that series, Joan.
Jan 03, 2014 12:10PM

23615 I couldn't get into The Coffee Trader.
Jan 02, 2014 10:22AM

23615 KSMary wrote: "Has anyone read any of David Liss novels?"

I like his Benjamin Weaver novels, which are set in 1720s London. His The Whiskey Rebels gets good reviews, and I keep meaning to get to it.
Dec 07, 2013 10:59AM

23615 Her Cleopatra: A Life was a very interesting read.
Nov 10, 2013 03:52PM

23615 I will forgive a lot when there's a good author's note.

ETA: This is pretty much exactly what Colleen McCullough did in one volume of her Masters of Rome series (use an alternate timing for Cateline's Rebellion than is generally accepted), and she makes what I, at least, think is a good rationale for why in her extensive author's note. I bought it.
Nov 10, 2013 09:09AM

23615 I hate spotting them, because once I spot one, I start thinking, "if I spotted one anachronism because it's something I know, how many have I not found in material I don't know so well?" And yes, it can be very jarring, and often takes me right out of the flow of the novel.
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