Monday Mumbling – Historicals

Photographer, sitters, unknown

It’s not great secret that I’m not a huge fan of historicals, but on the other hand I’m never one to say never and have found that certain eras appeal to me more than others and of course certain authors will resonate with me more than others, as with any genre. So I thought today I’d scroll through some of the general historical periods (not scientifically – just a rough estimation) and note some of the books that I have enjoyed or my feelings about that period.

Ancient Civilization:

By this I’m referring to ancient Greece, Rome, Babylonia, etc. This is a period that usually works quite well for me, in part because it’s always been a fascination of mine. I studied ancient Greek Art & Architecture for a time in university and have always been fascinated by Greek myths. I enjoy books that include mythical characters, but even those of normal everyday folk during the time. Often they are found in short stories or anthologies, which is good. Some of my favourites  have been:

Pasion’s Dream by Kate Cotoner (no longer available sadly) Set in ancient Greece

The Meaning of Revenge by Jamie Fessenden (This is set in ancient Iceland which I really enjoyed)

Unchaste by Mia Watts (This is set in historical America amongst the native Americans – time travel)

Historical Asia:

This is another era I find fascinating, probably because it’s completely foreign to me. I’ve never studied any kind of Asian history or culture so it’s all brand new. A couple I’ve enjoyed are:

The Imperial Cat by Kate Cotoner (A cat shifter in China – sadly no longer available)

Kitsune Wedding by Tracy Rowan (I’ve developed a bit of a thing for tanuki and kitsune)

Old West:

Paxton’s Winter by TD McKinney

Earth and Sun, Cedar and Sage by Margaret Mills

I confess I did not read the first story Well Traveled, this one was part of a Christmas package but I enjoyed it.

Stallion by Kôsen (published by yaoi press) If you like yaoiboys rather than cowboys. :-)

Early 20th Century:

The Back Passage and Secret Tunnel by James Lear (both available through Cleis Press)

The Amethyst Cat Caper by Charlie Cochet (This author has some great stories set in the 1920′s and 30′s and I’ve found I really enjoy that time period.)

Cambridge Fellows series by Charlie Cochrane. (A great on-going mystery of college professors Jonty and Orlando.)

Of course there are other periods I’ve read and enjoyed. I like the Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon stories, but on the whole, I would probably choose 1920′s or ancient history if I had to pick my fave eras. So tell me, are you a lover of historicals? Do you have a fave time period that will suck you in every time? Or do you run the other way from historical stories?

photographer, sitters, unknown c. 1900

4 thoughts on “Monday Mumbling – Historicals

  1. Elin Gregory says:

    I adore historicals and read a lot of them. I suppose they feel more homelike to me since that’s what I work with, what I’m surrounded by, and what I do for fun. So, thanks for the recommendations :) I’ll definitely look those up. Sorry about the unobtainable Kate Cotoners – she’s terrific.

    • Tam says:

      I don’t read a lot and am quite careful about which longer books I’ll pick up (I’m pretty easy with short stories), but there are certain time periods I enjoy. It is a shame about Kate’s work. It was always enjoyable and different.

  2. Chris says:

    The only ones I really like are the early 20th century ones.

    • Tam says:

      I’d say that’s my second fave after the ancient historicals. Seems to be a bit more popular lately, didn’t come across very many until Charlie Cochet started writing. :-)

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