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  • Hardcover: 838 pages
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited; annotated edition edition (1 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159158129X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591581291
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,437,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Its primary audience is collection development and reader's advisory librarians; however, readers and genre fans will enjoy scanning this book. I recommend the Historical Fiction: A Guide to the Genre as a necessary addition for public libraries. Many college and university libraries will also want to purchase this title. I also recommend that, if funds permit, a second copy of this book be purchased for the circulating collection. Then historical fiction readers can spend a delightful time selecting their next titles to read." - Collection Management "A marvelous achievement... An impressive work." - The Historical Novels Review "This welcome addition to the readers' advisor's reference shelf by Johnson, reference librarian at Eastern Illinois University and historical fiction editor, is an excellent, detailed reference tool for readers' advisors to use with patrons, in collection development, and in expanding personal genre knowledge. Like other titles in the Genreflecting Advisory series, this resource is organized by subgenre, explains the appeal factors of each, and includes brief, well-written plot summaries of every title. Unlike other historical fiction references usually organized by time period and geographic setting, this tool groups titles on the basis of style and similarity of theme. This makes sense, as readers often choose historical fiction primarily by these attributes...Abundant title suggestions from a wide range of perspectives and topics will please readers, and up-to-date entries ensure success in finding books on the shelves. Librarians will find the Resources for Librarians section most useful, and a strong index provides traditional access points for those seeking fictional treatment of specific time periods or historical figures, geographic coverage, and particular authors or titles. Highly recommended for public libraries." - Library Journal "Libraries unlimited has added another outstanding reader's advisory reference work to its Genreflecting Advisory Series. This new entry covers historical fiction in all its many forms, defining the genre and analyzing its appeal to help librarians better understand what draws readers... A must-have for public and high-school librarians, who will find it an essential tool for understanding this genre, developing collections, and advising patrons." - Booklist, Starred Review "Johnson provides a well-researched, exhaustive guide to recent historical fiction, a genre popular with both scholars and casual readers... Johnson's work covers 3,800 annotated and cross-referenced entries arranged by specifically defined subgenres. Each category, e.g., Traditional Historical Novels, Historical Thrillers, Time-Slip Novels, is subdivided further by world region and historical era. An introductory essay traces the literary significance of historical fiction from its beginnings with Sir Walter Scott in the early 19th century. The annotations also indicate benchmarks of the genre, award winners, and titles recommended for young adults and reading groups. Appendixes include suggested online resources, information on writers' associations, lists of award winners, and indexes by author, setting, and historical character. Overall, this is an excellent resource... Highly recommended. All levels." - Choice "The whole work is clearly and consistently laid out, very well constructed and signposted, and so helps any reader or reader's adviser not only unlock the likely works they might seek but also, and probably more importantly, find a lot of subject matter they were not seeking but will now want to read... Put all this together with an informed and informative discussion of the whole genre in the book's introduction and you have a model of a work of its kind, where contents and layout combine with a clarity and convenience that yet again show a book as matching any web site for accessibility and user friendliness... This is a guide that will serve just about any library that can afford it: for once I would suggest that its price is not so high as to put it out of the reach of many smaller libraries where it will prove an invaluable resource for a wide range of readers looking for new titles... An invaluable resource guide." - VOYA "For libraries seeking a single guide for the genre, with a substantial number of recent books, this excellent addition to the series works." - Reference Reviews

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great reference 10 May 2005
By Anne M. Beggs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a very helpful resource for anyone interested in the vast and varying area of historic fiction. I found the descriptions of the different categories--genres within the genre most helpful. An excellent guide to historic fiction in its many forms and faces, as well as a a guide for great books genre aside. A huge endeavor to research and organize and Sarah has done us a great service. A must for historic fiction lovers, writers, librarians and those in the industry. So many good books, so little time!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Historical Fiction 9 Mar. 2011
By N. S. Houston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I really like this series (Genreflecting Advisory Series) and this volume is very good. It was chocked full of recommended historical fiction works, mostly titles from the 1990's and early 2000's, but titles that will stand up over time for recommendation in the genre.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive 12 May 2014
By Cariola - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This guide is very comprehensive. The intro gives a good background to historical fiction, it's history, and the various genres. It breaks down into categories based on period and location, giving examples of novels in each. Also included are websites that would be of interest to those who read and write historical fiction.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Useless book 26 Feb. 2013
By Judy M. Iwen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book just contains an old list of historical novels and a brief summary of their story. So, tell me again why I bought this.
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