Notes On Reading In the 21st Century

It’s tired old news but my watery eyes have not fared well following an unfortunate stroke and too many years of use and misuse. A few years back when I moved from my own little house to fresh digs in my daughter’s house, I painfully donated box after box of new Penguin Classics and Oxford Classics to the local library, not because I didn’t want to read them all, not because I didn’t want to move them to the new house, not because bookshelf space might be tight in my new library, but simply because the print was too small to read without a magnifying glass .. and holding a magnifying glass, a book, a coffee cup, and wiping my tearing eyes at the same time was a circus act I was too old to maintain.

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Twenty Contemporary Authors

images-1.jpgSeveral months back I realized that there are quite a few relatively contemporary authors that are not on everyone’s reading list. One clue to this phenomenon was that the best-seller and must read lists being published around the internet and even on ink & paper publications seemed to contain the same dozen or so authors month after month with only a few new authors touted, often because their first novels either came out of some prestigious creative writing school or because they followed the rules of popular fiction espoused by the more established and possibly less imaginative best-selling authors.

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It’s All History!!!

What is Historical Fiction? I suppose you might conclude that it is fiction which recreates events and personages taken from (or extrapolated from) history. So Historical Fiction specifically deals with recreating the past. But it’s Fiction so the author is free to modify the facts, rearrange the events, create more literary characters, etc. However, If we leave out those forms of speculative fiction that deal with future possibilities, is it unreasonable to see almost all fiction as being historical?

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