Category: Historical

Mini-Review Round-Up: World War 2 on the Eastern Front

Another round of mini-reviews, this time of some books I’ve recently read on the Eastern Front of World War II as part of research for the upcoming sequels to Sparrow Squadron.

I managed to avoid an 0-fer June. For July I’ll try not to cut it so close. My blogging is still sparse thanks to the research and work I’m doing for a pair of sequels. So why not kill two birds with one stone? Here are mini-reviews of four books that I’ve read on the Eastern Front of World War II. For some other book recommendations on the subject, please check out my list of memoirs of the Eastern Front.

You may also get a hint as to what’s to come in the next installment of Aelita’s War.


How to Feel Smart Watching “The Terror”

The rich historical context around the Franklin Expedition helps to enhance the viewing experience of The Terror and makes for solid reading material in its own right.

I’ve already waxed at length over how much I love watching The Terror. It’s a dense show, with so much to unpack. Oftentimes, even as I’m thoroughly engrossed, I feel like I’m missing something. At lot of that lies in the meticulous attention to historical detail and many references to the historical context around the Franklin Expedition.

Here are a few suggestions on how to fill in those historical gaps so you can feel smart watching The Terror.

*** Please note, mild spoilers for the TV series ensue, so much as 160 year old historical events can be spoiled. ***


The Real: Sophie Blanchard

Sophie Blanchard broke many of the first gender barriers in aviation, only for them to go up again after she was gone

Last month, I had the opportunity to write a couple of guest posts for Women’s History Month. I’d originally wanted to highlight pioneering balloonist Sophie Blanchard as an overlooked subject for historical fiction. But her life story begged for a longer piece and she does in fact have a couple of books based on her life. So I saved my post for here instead.

This is also part of a new feature I’d like to try. The Real is where I’ll highlight a real-life historical personality and make book recommendations (particularly fiction based on their lives.)

Sophie Blanchard was one of history’s earliest aviators. In the early 19th century, she became the first woman to pilot her own balloon and also became the first female military aviator, appointed by Napoleon himself!


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