For today’s historical reading list we’ve got inventions, bohemian radicals, naval disasters and more. Wherever possible I’ve tried to do a work of non-fiction and a work of fiction for each event.
Because you know you have always wanted one. Ok maybe not but if you are into either European, African or Middle Eastern history you should really check them out. They started out as a tribe of Turkish horsemen wandering around in Anatolia. While still basically a nomadic horde (although they were early adopters of artillery)…
One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest is one of those books that I think everyone’s at least heard of – if not read themselves. It’s a familiar story, with both substantial literary themes and characters that have transcended the confines of the novel. It’s both a difficult read and an easy story to follow. And I honestly did not think that I was going to love the book as much as I did.
England has been in a nearly constant state of war with Spain for years, the Queen might be getting a little fuzzy between the ears and her spy service has a mole. Robert Cecil Jr, Elizabeth’s Secretary of State, calls in Marbeck aka John Sand. Cecil does this reluctantly since he considers Marbeck a loose canon and, to use his expression, a coxcomb but he knows Marbeck is loyal at least.
I’m hoping there is a sequel because there were some questions left unanswered, and it had quite the cliffhanger ending. I would recommend this to fans of light, mystery/suspense books.
Being a Danvers resident and a Katherine Howe fan I’ve been excited about this book coming out for months. My interest was further piqued by the fact that this book was based on similar circumstances which happened in a different town’s school a year or two ago.
As anyone who reads any of my reviews on this blog knows I read a lot of non-fiction (Especially history. See my last review). Even when I read fiction I love it when there is some kind non-fiction connection. This holds true with graphic novels and here are a few for the non-fiction lover that are fictional but still have some historical connection.
Like many people, I first read about the Hundred Years War in Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century (which I got totally by accident because I mixed the title up with A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America which I was supposed to read for a college class), a hefty tome that takes you through all the four horsemen of the apocalypse as they ride across 14th century Europe.