Tag Archives: Alternative history

His Majesty’s Dragon

His Majesty's DragonTitle: His Majesty’s Dragon
Author: Naomi Novik
Series: Temeraire book 1
Genre: Historical fantasy, alternative history

First of all, I can’t believe I have not reviewed His Majesty’s Dragon. I head it on my trip to Amsterdam earlier in the month and I liked it enough to order the second book as soon as I had wifi at the hotel, so that I could listen to the second one on the trip home (long bus rides).

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Day 20, story 20: Manifest Destiny

cw_86_300Title: Manifest Destiny
Author: Joe Haldeman
Published: Clarkesworld Magazine 2013, First published in Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1983
Genre: Science fiction
Length: 6392 words, short story
Reading time: 27:28 min

I read this as part of my reading challenge: 25 short stories in 25 days.

Today’s story is another one of Clarkesworld’s podcasts. I listened to it on the train on my way to visit my parents. I was planning to read something, but the train was crowded and noisy, so I put on a podcast and let Kate tell me a story.
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Day 10, story 10: The Fire Gown

full_firegownTitle: The Fire Gown
Author: Michael Swanwick
Series: The Mongolian Wizard
Published: tor.com 2012
Genre: Fantasy, gas light fantasy, alternative history, mystery
Length: 4743 words, short story
Reading time: 24 min

I read this as part of my reading challenge: 25 short stories in 25 days.

This is the second story set in a the world that was started with the story: The Mongolian Wizard, which I read around Christmas last year. I remember thinking when I read the first story that what it was a great shame that there was not a novel set in this universe, so I was very happy when I found out that Swanwick had written more stories in it.

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Sorcery & Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot

SorceryCecelia_mech.inddTitle: Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot
Series: Cecelia and Kate
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Published: 1988 by Ace
Young Adult
Pages: 326 pages
Status: First reading, August 09 to 12, 2012
Genre: Historical fantasy, gaslight fantasy, alternative history, regency era, letter novel

Ops this somehow got published before I finished writing it, so now here it is again with the actuarial review there and not just a placeholder
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Thirteenth Child

0-545-03342-XTitle: Thirteenth Child
Published: April 15th 2009 by Scholastic Press
Pages: 344 pages
Young Adult
Status: First reading, July 14 to 15, 2012
Genre: Alternative history, frontier fiction

This is in my opinion a hidden gem of a fantasy novel. It does however not fit neatly into any of the subgenres. Continue reading Thirteenth Child