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Recommended historical fiction websites

From: Justin
Sent on: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 9:55 PM
Hi everyone. I've put together a list of some of my favourites among the many wonderful online resources for discussing and discovering historical fiction. Happy browsing, and feel free to share your own recommendations!

Justin

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Discussion forums

http://www.historicalfictiononline.com/forums/index.php
Historical Fiction Online is the best of the bunch, in my view. A very active forum as well as a friendly and knowledgeable group of people. There are a number of HF authors among the members, including some you may well have read, but most people are not authors just HF fans. I hang out there a lot (my nickname there is 'sweetpotatoboy') so come along and introduce yourself!

http://www.amazon.com/tag/historical%20fiction/ref=tag_tdn_dir_itdp
Amazon's Historical Fiction forum is also pretty busy, though I tend not to visit frequently.

http://www.librarything.com/groups/historicalfiction
The HF forum on LibraryThing is good too. If you've not discovered LibraryThing, it may be worth checking out, not just for the discussion forums but for the cataloguing features. I love it.

GoodReads is a similar site to LibraryThing and I'm pretty sure they have at least one HF forum there, though I don't use it.


Yahoo Groups

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/histfict/
This may well be the oldest and original HF group on Yahoo going back many years. It's got a bit quiet recently but there are plenty of members and it livens up occasionally and is certainly worth joining.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/historicalfavorites/
This is a very lively HF group. Recommended.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HistoricalNovelSociety/
An even more lively HF group, possibly with a greater number of authors active. Sometimes some crossover discussion between this group and the one above.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HNSNewsletter/
This is a Yahoo Group but there is no discussion option. If you join up, you'll receive a fortnightly email containing a list of reviews of recently published historical novels and related non-fiction. An excellent way of keeping track of new releases and indispensable to any HF fan, in my view.


General resources

http://www.historicalnovelsociety.org/forthcoming.htm
The Historical Novel Society's website is also essential for any HF fan. I've linked you direct to the section of the website where they list new and forthcoming titles, but you should also check out other pages on the site. If you become a member of the society, you can receive their print magazines, which are a fantastic resource.

http://www.historicalnovels.info/
http://www.histfiction.net/
http://www.1mpages.com/HistoricalFiction.html
http://www.medieval-novels.com/index.htm
http://www.historicalromancewriters.com/index.cfm
A selection of other sites, all worth exploring.

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/
This site is one of my favourites. It's not solely historical fiction. I guess it originated with a focus on SF/fantasy given its name, but it now covers many genres: crime/mystery, romance, horror, historical etc. Great for finding bibliographies of authors and for detailed lists of new releases by genre and month etc.



Blogs


Lots of great blogs out there, some by authors:
http://historical-fiction.com/
http://shelfandstuff.blogspot.com/
http://histficchick.blogspot.com/
http://historicaltapestry.blogspot.com/
http://historicalboys.blogspot.com/
http://historicallyobsessed.blogspot.com/
http://historicalfictionauthorinterviews.blogspot.com/
http://chikune.com/blog/

And here's a nice site that amalgamates various historical fiction-related blogs:
http://historicalnovelblogs.blogspot.com/

Author Steven Saylor's website has an excellent section on novels set in the Ancient World that highlights new releases and older books, definitely worth exploring, even if you're not of the author himself!:

http://www.stevensaylor.com/StevensBookshop.html

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