January 2012

Historical Fiction How-To by One of the Genre's Experts

The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction by James Alexander Thom

I can remember reading Follow the River in high school -- a novel by James Alexander Thom about a woman who was kidnapped by Indians, and memorized the path they took her on so that she could escape and find her way home again.  It was one of the first serious historical fiction novels that I had read, and I devoured it.

Writing historical fiction has been an interest of mine ever since, so when I was browsing books by Thom on my Nook the other day, I was quite interested to come across this book: The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction.

History Through Photographs

Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman

I was a little skeptical at first about getting a book that calls itself a "photobiography" on my Nook, but when I saw my library had Russell Freedman's Lincoln, I decided to check it out.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that the illustrations all looked great on my Nook Tablet.  I imagine they would look okay, but not quite as great, on a black and white e-reader, and even better on a tablet with a larger screen, such as an iPad, but the Nook Tablet did them plenty of justice.

Other than photographs, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect.