Category Archives: Responses to Readings

Katy’s Pros and Cons of Historical Epics

Historical fiction epics come in many varieties – the term has been applied to sweeping sagas spanning multiple volumes and it has also applied to self-contained works that tell a story of several generations. Some epics tell a story lasting … Continue reading

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Harriet the Spy – A Simpler But Stranger Time

While much can be (and has been) said about the novel Harriet the Spy, what stands out most to me upon rereading it as an adult is how much childhood has changed since the novel was written in the 1960s. … Continue reading

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The Giver (2014)

I really thought that I had read this book in school. Turns out that I hadn’t, or else I would have been expecting the disturbing scenes in the film and remembered the storyline. Like many books on school reading lists, … Continue reading

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Early Middle Ages Done Well

Llywelyn, Morgan. (2013). After Rome: A Novel of Celtic Britain. New York : Tom Doherty Associates. 332 pgs. Set in the fifth century AD in the immediate aftermath of the Romans leaving Britannia, Morgan Llywelyn’s After Rome is as much … Continue reading

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Prehistory Done Wrong

Armstrong, Luanne. (2013). Morven and the Horse Clan. Winnipeg, MB : Great Plains Teen Fiction. 173 pgs. Set in the steppes of Kazakhstan in 3500 BC, Morven and the Horse Clan is the story of a teenaged outcast who finds … Continue reading

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Post-Apocalypse Done Right

Mullin, Mike. (2014). Sunrise. Terre Haute, IN : Tanglewood Press. 466 pgs. [3rd in the Ashfall trilogy] The final installment of Mike Mullin’s Ashfall trilogy is by far the most gruesome and most chronologically-long of the story, but it is … Continue reading

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Divided Loyalty on a Sumptuous Romance

Gabaldon, Diana. (2014). Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. London : Orion Books. 864 pgs. [8th in the Outlander series] The latest installment of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander saga continues the story of Jamie and Claire, a Highlander and a time-travelling … Continue reading

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