Tag Archives: historical fantasy

Of Noble Family

18873823Title: Of Noble Family
Author: Mary Robinette Kowal
Series: Glamourist Histories, book 5
Genre: Historical fantasy, manner punk, comedy of manners

Opening sentence:

The presence of an infant in any gathering offers all the substance for conversation on might require.

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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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Chicks in Chainmail

Chicks in ChainmailTitle:  Chicks in Chainmail
Editor: Esther M. Friesner
Short story anthology
Genre: Humor, fantasy, portal fantasy, magic realism, feminism, fairytale, historical fantasy, fairytales, metafiction, mythology, high fantasy, epic fantasy,

I just got Chicks in Chainmail in the mail today, I ordered it after reading Tansy Rayner Roberts great post On Influence. I wanted to read some of the older works in the genre (this is 20 years old by now) so I decided to order it. I am reading the stories as part of my  100 Short Stories in 2014 challenge.

Don’t let the cover fool you, this is a feminist book, but it is is feminism with a big smile on it’s face and a wink. It is clever and it is funny.

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13 fay stories that I recommend

by Oleg Oprisco

As I have explained earlier why I like stories of the fay, but to restate it: The fay stories I like are the stories  where the fae are not just beautiful glittering laughing creature – they are that but they are also seducers of the worst kind. The kind that will lead you into your own death and you will go with a big smile on your face. And you will go willingly. I like the stories of the fay court, of fay interacting with the real world. I like stories both of mundane people dealing with the fay and stories told by changelings and fay. Stories of the fay are quite often also stories about sex so there are quite a few of the stories here that have elements of erotica in them as well as non-vanilla sex.

In this post I will recommend my favourite stories involving the fay. It will be a mix of novels, short stories, tv-series and of course a movie or two. In no particular order

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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
Author:   & 
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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