Over the last several months, we’ve mentioned a lot of works of historical fiction, but we’ve never really talked about historical fiction much at all: it’s purpose, some of our favorite works, and does it include room for speculative fiction, too. So, now we’re going to! Listen in as we discuss:
- The difference between period fiction and historical fiction (and if we’re just splitting hairs on this)
- If alternative history works (e.g. “What if JFK was never assassinated?”) count as historical fiction
- Buzz Aldrin sucker punching people
- What are a few good recommendations for those looking to start reading historical fiction
- Dave’s accusation that someone might have said a word that we would not dare say on a family-friendly show like this one
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A few of the books we mention on this episode:
- A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- 11/22/63 by Stephen King
- The Man In The High Castle by Philip K. Dick
- The Frozen Hours by Jeff Shaara
- The Conqueror series by Conn Iggulden
- The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
- The Winds of War by Herman Wouk
- Alaska by James Michener
- Byzantium by Stephen R. Lawhead
- Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
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