An alternate history reading list

Farthing by Jo Walton mystery alternate history

An “alternate history” story is when a thing that happened in history IRL happened a different way! Like if, for example, the American colonies never broke from England in the 1700s– that’d be an alt history. As Wikipedia says: “Alternate History” looks at “what if” scenarios from some of history’s most pivotal turning points and presents a completely different version, sometimes based on science and fact, but often based on conjecture. The exploration of how Read More …

Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory

Things that are awesome: Demons and scary things relating to demons. Scifi/fantasy genre blends. Books about family and love and what it means to be a person. This book, which has all those things! The writing is also really good! And sure, I totally figured out a major revelation about three chapters before the protagonist figured it out, but I didn’t even mind because the story was so good. It’s almost a mystery, because Del Read More …

A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones

So, yeah: I read this way back in March for Diana Wynne Jones month, and then I never reviewed it. For shame! A Tale of Time City is actually one of my favorite DWJ books, and I guess that makes it kinda difficult to review. It’s so good! It’s got time travel, precocious children, vaguely mythological scifi things that’ve mixed over with fantasy, interesting future!technology, WWII (for a little bit, anyway), androids and good parents Read More …

City of Fire by Laurence Yep

Amazing and fun things in this book: It’s set in California! And also Hawaii! Now that I live in California, I’ve been especially interested in books set here (especially especially if they’re set in places I’ve visited). City of Fire takes place (mostly) in San Francisco, which I sadly have not been to yet. But I’m planning on going soon! Yay! There’s a good balance between more lighthearted fantasy stuff and darker, more depressing things. Read More …

REVIEW: The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones (#dwjmarch)

It took me ages to finally finish reading this book– I tried twice before, and both times I DNF’d it because I was so bored for the first part of the book. I think this might be the only Diana Wynne Jones book that I’ve been bored by, actually! Luckily, though, it picks up rapidly once Nick shows up and then the rest of the book is just as entertaining as any other DWJ book. Read More …

REVIEW: Mechanicals by Jordan Stratford

Alternate history books are some of my favorite things! It’s the “what if” aspect that interests me. In Mechanicals, the “what if” is “what if someone invented giant killer Gundams and used them in the Crimean war (and also there’s a secret society of paranormal investigators fiddling with things)?” Paranormal steampunk just so happens to be ANOTHER of my favorite things, and so basically there was no way I wasn’t downloading this book when it Read More …

Lord Darcy by Randall Garrett (reread)

First reviewed: May 20091 This is the second time I’ve read this collection (of everything LD-related written by RG), and I still don’t know much about the history behind it. I keep meaning to bone up on Richard the Lion-Heart and what happened after him– I think it’d make the alternate history part of the Lord Darcy stories more fun, y’know? Though, really, the focus on the stories is more on the mystery/fantasy part than Read More …

REVIEW: Burn Mark by Laura Powell

053. Burn Mark by Laura Powell Publication: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (June 19, 2012), eARC, 416pp / ISBN 1599908433 Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal, Action/Thriller Read: March 21, 2012 Source: NetGalley (thank you!) Summary from Amazon: In a modern world—where witches are hunted down and burned at the stake—two live interact. Cleo Gloriana1 is from a family of witches, and is desperate to develop the ‘Fae’ and become a witch herself. Lucas is the son of the Read More …

REVIEW: Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton

002. Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton Publication: Tor Books (April 1, 2010), ebook, 333pp / ISBN 0765319519 Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Historical Fiction sort of?, Alt. History as well! Read: January 1-2, 2011 Source: Bought (Dec. 25, 2010) Review Like most books I buy, it’s been so long since I bought this one– over a year!– that all I could remember about Tooth and Claw was that it had dragons. And, well, yeah, it’s got Read More …

REVIEW: The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

I was really excited when I got this book, mostly because I had tried to get it during BEA but was scared off by the truly massive line leading up to LM’s table. When I DID get it later, and when I read the first two chapters or so, I was thrilled. This is an awesome book, I thought. Those first few chapters were terrifying and exciting and really chilling, just like all good dystopian Read More …