Tag: HISTORICAL FICTION

Where Have I Been? Summer 2019 Edition

Novels, a French Game of Thrones… and maybe a bit of basketball

Unfortunately, a fairly regular occurrence on this site is some variation on the “Where have I been?” post. This usually means I’ve been very busy with writing and/or procrastinating (they’re often the same thing!)

I actually have been writing this time! Hopefully some of it might even come out soon…


2018 In Review: My 5-Stars for the Year

In a year where my blogging volume has dropped precipitously due to writing commitments (and, uh, work), this is probably my last post of the year. Let’s go out with a bang! I haven’t had the opportunity to post about some of my favourite things this year, so I’m gathering all my 5-star raves for 2018 in one place.

To keep things manageable, I’m restricting my list of 5-star reading and viewing experiences to “Histories Unfolding Approved” historically-related entries.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


Review: Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff

The “real monster is racism” trope gets an energetic re-imagining in this pulpy occult historical

The title of Lovecraft Country is a bit misleading. H.P. Lovecraft’s troubling racism and its impact on horror and science-fiction fans, particularly African-Americans, does play a part in the narrative. However, it’s not the core of this novel. Rather, it’s the difficulties and dangers of being Black in America. These very real horrors permeate everyday life for the novel’s characters. With its 1950s setting, such a theme might sound obvious, but as we’re seeing with other historic evils, it’s still relevant. The story’s execution is brilliant with the end result a lively, fun and impactful read.


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