Sunday, August 18, 2019

BW34: 52 Books Bingo - Alternate History

Iron sky: The Coming Race 


Our next 52 Books Bingo category is Alternate History,  speculative fiction which diverges from real history. Whether the stories surround events in history, politics, romance, steampunk or science fiction, they makes us ask what if, time and time again. So where do you start with Alternate History?

There was some debate a few years back if Steampunk killed Alternate History or if steampunk has anything in common, so let's look into how steampunk for historians defines the genre and the challenges of writing stories set in other cultures. I'm currently immersed in the world of steampunk right now with Shelley Adina's Magnificent Devices series  which is why it's on my mind.

However, the world of Alternate history is more than steampunk, so take a trip into The Top 25 Novels About Alternate History (Worlds That Never Were), 10 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books That Twist the History of World War II, The Most Unusual Alternate History Novels Ever Published or dive into the world of romantic or political alternate history.

Check out Uchronia.com, the alternate history list which is chock full of resources including a bibliography of over 3400 titles. There are lots and lots of rabbit trails to follow.

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

BW33: Song for the Last Act





Song for the Last Act

by 


(August 11, 1897) 



Now that I have your face by heart, I look
Less at its features than its darkening frame
Where quince and melon, yellow as young flame,
Lie with quilled dahlias and the shepherd's crook.
Beyond, a garden, There, in insolent ease
The lead and marble figures watch the show
Of yet another summer loath to go
Although the scythes hang in the apple trees.

Now that I have your face by heart, I look.

Now that I have your voice by heart, I read
In the black chords upon a dulling page
Music that is not meant for music's cage,
Whose emblems mix with words that shake and bleed.
The staves are shuttled over with a stark
Unprinted silence. In a double dream
I must spell out the storm, the running stream.
The beat's too swift. The notes shift in the dark.

Now that I have your voice by heart, I read.

Now that I have your heart by heart, I see
The wharves with their great ships and architraves;
The rigging and the cargo and the slaves
On a strange beach under a broken sky.
O not departure, but a voyage done!
The bales stand on the stone; the anchor weeps
Its red rust downward, and the long vine creeps
Beside the salt herb, in the lengthening sun.

Now that I have your heart by heart, I see.



Find out more about Louise Bogan through the Correspondence of Louise Bogan, my Poetic Side, and the Poet who Wrote about Love.  

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

BW32: Whodunit bookology - Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg






Our August Whodunit Bookology detective is French police detective Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg. We are introduced our detective of the month in The Chalk Circle Man, the first book in a nine book series. He has recently been promoted to Commissaire in the 5th arrondissement in Paris and is unorthodox when it comes to solving crimes.

The character was created by Fred Vargas aka Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau. Ms. Vargas,  born June 7, 1957,  is a French historian and archaeologist as well as a writer. Her studies of the black death and the bubonic plague is considered definitive in research studies completed on the subject which resulted in Les chemins de la peste : Le rat la puce et l'homme (Pest Roads), published in 2003.



There are a number of ways to complete the bookology challenge, including but not limited, to the suggestions below:

Read the first book in the series.

Read one book per letter in the character's first or last name.

Read one book per letter in the author's first or last name.

If you're really ambitious, one book per letter in the character's first and last name.

Follow in a character's footsteps and read a book set in the country or time period of the character.


Be sure to check out Vargas's other series The Three Evangelists as well.


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