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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Out of Genre: Trying something New

Posted by Staff
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.

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