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Not so much a blog; just lots of books

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A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
Barbara W. Tuchman, Nadia May
Progress: 696/1718minutes
Conservation of Shadows
Yoon Ha Lee
Progress: 22%
Le premier jour
Marc Levy
Progress: 180/496pages
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
Progress: 99/480pages
The Long War
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett
Progress: 68/501pages

Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders by Susanne Alleyn [Third Edition]

Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders: A Writer's (& Editor's) Guide to Keeping Historical Fiction Free of Common Anachronisms, Errors, & Myths [Third Edition] - Susanne Alleyn

This was a fun and informative read about things that historical fiction writers frequently get wrong. The author points out some major blunders (without naming names) made in some of the historical fiction she’s read and even admits to a few of her own.  It’s basically just an overview but things like foodstuff and animals originally native to the Americas (and Europe) are covered as well as some coinage notes, historical attitudes and presentism, how British titles and names work, and things that people get wrong with the guillotine and the French Revolution. Plus the titular underpants.


Her message can be summarized as: if in doubt, look it up. And even if you think you know it, look it up (because you might be surprised). Basically, this book calls for more research, and I may even have to go look up some stuff myself.


Some quotes from the book can be found in my updates: 18%, 39%, 40%, & 45%, 95% in case you want to see if you’d find the style humorous.