Thursday, March 22, 2012
Out of Genre: Trying something New
We all have a favorite genre (thriller, sci-fi, romance) that we turn to when we want to read a new book. Likewise, we sometimes fall into the trap of thinking other genres are boring, silly, difficult to understand or, ... whatever. So, if you've fallen into a genre rut and want to try something new, we'll be posting suggestions from the staff for interesting books that you might not have read because it was a (fill in the blank) book.
Let's start with Historical Fiction for non-history readers:
Amanda E.: His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik. Set during the Napoleanic Wars, but with a twist. Think Patrick O'Brian with dragons.
Leslie A.: Island of Ghosts by Gillian Bradshaw (and others by this author). Set in Britain in the late Roman period, this is the story of a troop of conquered barbarian tribesman sent to Britain during the reign of Marcus Aurelius.
Jacob D.: Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Stephen Pressfield. Any book by Stephen Pressfiled is a good choice. This one is about the Spartan army battling the Persians.
Cary H.: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Archives, old treasures, a trek across Eastern Europe and Dracula ... the real one.
Dani G.: Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. Follow a man as he walks back home across the country after deserting the army during the civil war.
Jacob D.: Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus by Orson Scott Card. A future scientist tries to alter the past and change history by creating a less brutal past.