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Archive for December, 2015

Read Through History December 2015

Merry Belated Christmas and a Happy New Year! Well, 2015 is almost over and (touch wood) there are still no signs of the Millennium Bug. Anyhow, while we wait for this century to reach the big 16, here’s what I’ve been reading:

1) Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. A very good retelling of the folk tale by the same name, set in 1920s Alaska.

(And if you’re after re-tellings of legends and folk tales in historical settings, have you bought this yet?)

2) When the Guns Fall Silent by James Riordan. Got this as a giveaway from the Portsmouth Bookfest (tickets for 2016 on sale soon!) A really good retelling of the Christmas Truce of the First World War, 101 years ago.

3) A Christmas Carol and Other Writings by Charles Dickens. Not only does this have the well-know story but other writings too, such as The Haunted Man.

4) Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie. Christmas is not complete without a ghost story or a murder mystery. I’ve not finished it yet so don’t tell me how it ends!

Anyhow, enjoy the rest of 2015 and have a very good 2016!


Something Rich and Strange

Can’t think of anything to buy people for Christmas? Want to treat yourself but haven’t seen anything you want? Was Black Friday more like Blank Friday?

Then why not buy this latest offering from the Random Writers? Something Rich and Strange is an anthology of fourteen stories that explore what happened next after legends or folk tales placed in historical settings.

The electronic version of this books is available to pre-order now and the paperback is on sale from the 12th December.

And while you’re waiting for that, you can whet your appetite with the first anthology the Randoms produced: A Seeming Glass.