Alternative History

The Worm Ouroboros by Eric Rucker Eddison

Do you miss the days when fantasy epics were like mythological stories? Are your heroes lacking a certain fanciful prose reminiscent of Charlemagne, Achilles, or Thor? Has the recent trend of non-poetic prose left you longing for the good old days? Well have no fear, for Eric Rucker Eddison’s The Worm Ouroboros is available at your nearest bookstore. Published in ... Read More »

Crucible of Gold (Temeraire #7) by Naomi Novik

In Naomi Novik’s marvelous alternative history Temeraire series, the British armies fight the French warmonger Napoleon Bonaparte—and both armies possess an air force of dragons. It’s a concept that merges everything that’s good about fantasy, combining an imaginative, meticulously detailed historical setting with dragons, swords, battleships, and gunpowder. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the Temeraire series is one of ... Read More »

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel written by Canadian author Margaret Atwood in 1985. Winner of the Governor General’s Award (one of Canada’s most prestigious awards for literature) as well as the winner of the very first Arthur C. Clarke award, the title was inspired by Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. The Handmaid’s Tale tells the story of Offred, essentially a ... Read More »

River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay

River of Stars is the twelfth novel by Canadian author Guy Gavriel Kay and is based loosely on twelfth century China during the Song Dynasty. Like many of his works, Kay weaves historical names, places and events into a fictional tapestry that still retains the feel of historical work, while engaging the reader in the intensely character-driven style that makes his works ... Read More »

1984 by George Orwell

1984, written by George Orwell in 1949, remains to this day one of the paramount examples of dystopian fiction. Whether in the tropes and images found within its pages, or the very real threat it presents of a dark future, it resonates even decades later. The story of Winston Smith, Big Brother, and Ingsoc has featured on many lists of ... Read More »

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger

Sometimes when you read a new book, it can take the entire length of the book to develop an opinion of it. Other times, perhaps more rarely, you know within the first two pages that you’ll love it. Such was the case for me with Etiquette & Espionage, the opening of Gail Carriger’s new Finishing School series. I’m having trouble ... Read More »

Bitter Seeds (Milkweed Triptych #1) by Ian Tregillis

In 2010, Ian Tregillis took the SF/F world by storm with his stunning alternative World War II debut, Bitter Seeds. Tregillis received a large amount of attention because he was groomed under the tutelage of some of fantasy’s greats, such as George R.R. Martin and Daniel Abraham. If his teachers were not enough to lure you in, its arresting hardcover ... Read More »

Age of Aztec (Pantheon #4) by James Lovegrove

Age of Aztec is the fourth book in James Lovegrove’s Pantheon series, and it establishes him more firmly as the founder of a subgenre coming to be known as “godpunk.” It tells the story of a modern society under the heel of the Aztec empire and the Batman-style vigilante who opposes it. Setting-driven fantasy Having now read all four books ... Read More »

Revenant Eve (Dobrenica #3) by Sherwood Smith

Revenant Eve is the third book in Sherwood Smith’s ongoing Dobrenica series, which also includes Coronets and Steel and Blood Spirits. The series follows Kim Murray, a young modern American woman who finds out her grandmother is actually the long-lost princess of a small European country called Dobrenica. This isolated country is also brimming with magic, so when Kim walks ... Read More »