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The last Pre-Reads post of the year is brought to you by a well-read angel.–No, not me, that lovely being on the left over there. S/he has guided the sixteen choices brought to you today; eight fiction and eight non-fiction titles that were published or reprinted this December. All items are highly reviewed from Amazon, Baker and Taylor, Kirkus Review, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. The summaries provided are straight from these sources as well. Since these titles are newly published, I have not had a chance to read them ahead of time, so I am unable to recommend one book over the other for you. However, I always encourage you to share your own reviews and comments.
This month proved to be more than challenging for the fiction section as 90% of Victorian-esque novels are Romance. Evidently there is not a large market for 1800s inspired Christmas books focusing on peace on Earth and good will toward men. . . Thus said, I managed to uncover other titles you might find interesting. There are a couple of Sagas, the closing of a Steampunk trilogy, time-travel!, a Western featuring good ol’ Arizona, and a fantasy to round out the offerings. The non-fiction section will be your best bet if you are looking for meat to your reading choices and less saccharine. The non-fiction also displays a couple of stories and notes from the Wild West, spirits in New Orleans, pioneering women in science and journalism, a new twist on the ascension story of our beloved Queen, a close view of a Victorian workhouse, and a detailed perspective of 19th century fashion! Which ones are you planning on picking up? Leave a note in the comment section.
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Great Scot! It is already the last week of the month?! Where the devil did it all go?? No matter, it is time for the October Pre-Reads. Every month I read hundreds of 19th-century-inspired-book reviews (literally). Garnered from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Review, Library Journal, Amazon, and Baker and Taylor, I cultivate a list of sixteen titles to share with my Dear Readers. The reviews and summaries, herein, are taken directly from those sources. All these books are recently, soon-to-be-published, or re-released titles. Below are eight highly reviewed novels and eight highly reviewed non-fiction books. I try to present an array of sub-subgenres. However, I have not read any of these titles, so I cannot recommend one over the other. If you have read a title and absolutely hated it, do let us know! Conversely, if you love the book and cannot stop gushing about it, tell us in the comments section! Personally, I have my eye on Lord Fenton or Art in the Blood . . . you?
I believe, Dear Readers, you are in want of news. Never fear, I am finally, sorta, not really back on tract.–Definitely on the way to getting back on track, shall we say. What randomness has occurred in relation to the 1800s, you ask? Well, I have just the thing . . . check out these eight bits of 19th century inspired news from around the world . . .They are phenomenal!
- Victorian portraits with an avian flair–Well . . . that is different.
- Everything I knew about dating I learned from 19th century novels . . .
- A remarkable story, detailing the arrival of the first Japanese to American soil . . . not by choice.
- A whole new level of history buffs. I am amazed and awe of this couple and secretly envious I do not have . . . audacity to commit to this . . . yet . . . ever???
- For the gentlemen out there or the tough women, a new style of Victorian combat–walking stick fighting!
- How to invest like a Victorian . . . think the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers.
- Top five tips to attracting a Victorian Vampire
- Attention Railroads, if you need a fund raiser–go STEAMPUNK!
Ever wonder about the origins of modern conveniences and services we take for granted? Of course you do! Otherwise you would have not wandered over to a historical-esqe blog. Since, finances have been on my mind as of late, I began to ponder whence did the “coupon” come about?
Lo and behold, it was a 19th century concept! I do love my Victorians more and more every day. It started with none other than the Coca-Cola Company way back in 1894. Eighteen Ninety Four, people! That means the idea of a coupon is about 120 years old! The gentleman credited for this advertising scheme was Asa Candler. According to Wikipedia:
Coupons were mailed to potential customers and placed in magazines. The company gave soda fountains free syrup to cover the costs of the free drinks.
Thus, every curious person could try/taste it before selecting to purchase more. Genius! Whether he was aware of it or not, Mr. Candler tapped into a key component of consumer psychology: everyone wants a deal. They wish to believe they are making a money saving and ultimately wise choice. Let us say the seller wants to sell an item for $5. Instead of advertising it as such he might just place a sign stating a $10 item is now 50% off. Wow! What steal! In fact, it is such a good deal, a customer might purchase more than one! The coupon was the perfect “monopoly money.” It also was a win-win situation for the magazines offering coupons, as people had to purchase the magazine to get the free Coke. Granted, human nature never really alters and I would not be surprised if some miscreant stood by magazine stands ripping out the inserts without buying the serial, just for the coupon. (This now manifest itself in Sunday newspapers/ads phenomenon). Furthering the ‘stealing’ of coupons, is forging or counterfeiting desired items. Imitation, while indeed the sincerest form of flattery, becomes problematic. On the other hand, a company has hit a gold mine, if people are resorting to forgery. Coupons, causing riots, who would have thought? Any way to “cut cost”, cheers to that!