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July 19, 2008


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Thanks for linking to my post and letting me know your review is up! I was skeptical about this series, but I think I'll give it a try, as your review does make it sound like something I'd like.
Personally, I prefer when historical fiction writers let people of their time be what they were. I feel like my intelligence is being insulted when authors assume I can't like a hero who doesn't share my own modern values or that I can't embrace a world that isn't, say, as diverse as my own. Dorothy Dunnett is probably the best I've found at immersing her readers entirely into a different time. Any embracing of contemporary values seems organic to the story and the characters, rather than pandering to today's readers.

This is nothing to do with your review (which is very good, I might add) but actually just to say thanks for mentioning my blog on the Guardian site today! Very nice of you!

Teresa - yes, it really is worth a read. I too prefer the most authentic atmosphere, and prefer modern norms not to be overly pandered to in inappropriate ways. I think that the worst example of pc ridden historical writing I have seen is The Secret River by Kate Grenville. I haven't read and Dorothy Dunnett, though I know one of my ibooknet colleagues is a big fan (the nice lady at The Old Bookshelf), and I keep meaning to try Dunnett out. I will make haste to do so!

Kirsty - you're welcome!

Interesting post. I tend to shy away from historical fiction for many of the reasons you've listed above. I'd rather read something actually written during the period if I can or a history. There are so many popular histories now, just about one for everything you can think of.

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