A complete guide to one of today's hottest genres, organizing more than 3,800 titles according to reading preferences.
Unlike guides that take a simple geographic-chronological approach to listing historical fiction, this book takes a genre approach, with chapters devoted to historical romances, mysteries, adventures, etc. By grouping titles by subgenre and theme, and describing their features and plots, it guides users to similar titles and read-alikes. Focusing on English-language novels published since the mid '90s, plus the perennial favorites commonly available in libraries, it details 3,800 books set in times prior to the mid-20th century. Appendices contain lists of award-winning titles and targeted reading lists. Detailed indexes are available for authors, titles, subjects, time/place, and character names. An essential guide for readers' advisors and other professionals who guide readers in book selection, this book will also aid in collection development.
This resource for librarians and general readers lists both recently-published and classic novels for adults in the historical fiction genre. Each of 13 chapters covers one subgenre within historical fiction (i.e. sagas, westerns, Christian novels, and historical fantasy) and is further divided into themes (prairie romances, American Naval warfare, Arthurian fantasy, etc.). Annotations for individual novels include author, title, publisher, original publication date, and number of pages, followed by a concise plot summary. Johnson (Booth Library, Eastern Illinois U.) is an editor at the Historical Novels Review. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
a guide to the genre
Appeal of the past
Traditional historical novels
Romancing the past
Western historical novels
Adventures in history
Literary historical novels
Christian historical fiction
Resources for librarians and readers
Historical fiction, English
Historical fiction, American
Historical fiction, English
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