Category: Historical Fiction

Review: Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

Moloka’i tells a historically-based story about an island off of Oahu where Hawaiians with leprosy were forced to live in the late 1800s to mid 1900s.  As it’s told, leprosy (now called Hansen’s Disease) afflicted thousands of native Hawaiians after Americans and visitors from other countries began visiting the Hawaiian islands. The story begins with…

Review: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

I’ve read three books by David Mitchell and he hasn’t disappointed me yet.  Even better, the three books are completely different — Cloud Atlas spans many different time periods and characters, from prehistoric to future, Black Swan Green is about teens in 1980s England, and Thousand Autumns is a historical novel about Dutch trade in…

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Normally, if I don’t understand a book I’m not going to enjoy it.  I also don’t like writing that’s weird for the sake of being weird.  Slaughterhouse Five was different.  It’s funny and strange and tragic and an easy read, all at the same time. Slaughterhouse Five is at first told from the point of…