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I have a particular interest in fantasies (and science fiction) set in the nineteenth century, and one of the things I've noticed lately is that much of what I'm coming across now is set in the Napoleonic Wars/Regency era rather than in the High Victorian period. And I'm curious about that.

What I've been reading (some recently, some within the past year or so):
His Majesty's Dragon, by Naomi Novik
Sorcery and Cecelia by Caroline Stevermer and Patricia Wrede
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton
Freedom and Necessity by Emma Bull and Steven Brust

Of these, Tooth & Claw and Freedom & Necessity are Victorian, the others are pre-Victorian. Read more... )

Freedom and Necessity is very much grounded in its historical era.Read more... )

Tooth and Claw was a book I kept hesitating to pick up, because the plot summary "it's a Victorian novel only everyone's a dragon" sounded potentially way too precious. It's not. Read more... )

But the reason I say the others are more prevalent is because of the vast popularity of the Clarke book, and the fact that the Novik and the Stevermer and Wrede are both the first book in series. In response to an early comment I'd made, [livejournal.com profile] nessreader suggested the popularity of Georgette Heyer might have something to do with it. I'm relatively Heyer-ignorant, but very familiar with the books of Jane Austen and Patrick O'Brian. My guess is that nessreader is right that Stevermer and Wrede, though they cite Heyer and Austen both, might be particularly influenced by Heyer. With Clarke, it's Austen and Dickens, while Novik is most heavily influenced by O'Brian.

Sorcery and Cecelia was really enjoyable. Read more... )

I've rambled on here about how much I love Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Read more... )

Naomi Novik is definitely a Patrick O'Brian fan; Read more... )

Anyway, just some roughed-out ideas; would love to hear what other people think about these, and please send friends along if you think they'd be interested in this topic.

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