[LMB] Which Bujold for book group?

Michael R N Dolbear m.dolbear at lineone.net
Mon Mar 5 22:54:43 GMT 2007


> From: James Nicoll <jdnicoll at panix.com>
> Date: 05 March 2007 20:41
> 
> On Mon, 5 Mar 2007, Michael R N Dolbear wrote:

> >> Farthing by Jo Walton
> >
> > As a book, fine, though it may be found that the average group member
knows
> > more about the Napoleonic wars than 1935-42 history.
> >
>  	IIRC, at least one reviewer seemed to be a bit unclear as to who 
> won WWII.

But, "Don't Mention the War", perhaps they know who came second ?

School Library Journal are the ones who reviewed Farthing and praised the
"historical accuracy". Jo wrote to them, they replied, both are on their
web page here. 
http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6410490.html

(Jo) "You certainly can teach history through alternate history. Maybe
that's what they meant all along, but it certainly didn't look like it
to me."

I remember a reviewer of one of Gavin Lyall's (beginings of  the)
British Secret Service thrillers who knew so little history that he
didn't realise it was set just before WW1. The consequence was that the
review was very odd indeed.



Little Egret


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