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Or as the popular meme goes, “Still a better love story than Twilight,” because today we are talking all about stories. It is time for our monthly Pre-Reads post! If you are new to the blog, here is a little explanation. Each month on the last Wednesday, I tap into my Librarian powers (erm–resources) and comb through copious amount of reviews of titles that are set to debut this month. By nature of the date, I have not read these books nor will I be able to recommend one title over another in good faith. However, I can vouche all these 19th century inspired tomes are highly reviewed. My sources include Amazon, Baker and Taylor Firsts, Kirkus Review, Library Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly. Below are eight fiction titles and eight non-fiction titles that will be of interest to any Victorian minded fanatic. I like to make sure the suggestions are well rounded to accommodate for a variety of tastes. Naturally, they are put in alphanumeric order, because I am a Librarian. I have made an asterisk to note which titles I have actually purchased for the library which I work at. What books from this month haul is going on your To Read List?
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Forests for the tree? Trees into pages? Pages to books? I am stretching too much for the Pre-Reads title? Ah, you get my drift, Dear Readers. For those just joining us here at 19th Century Modern, on last Wednesday I reveal sixteen highly reviewed titles which are published this month. In the case of Non-Fiction some of the books are reprints. Using my Librarian sources; Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, Amazon, Kirkus Review, and Baker and Taylor sites, I comb through all 19th century related tomes. I make a point to offer a variety of subgenres, so were not bogged down with Westerns or historical romance, but are exposed to Steampunk and books set in locales other than England and United States. There are eight fiction titles and eight non-fiction titles for you to peruse and jot down. The summaries and reviews are taken word for word from their source. As these books are hot off the press, I personally have not read any of them, thus cannot recommend one over the other. That is not to say, I haven’t added these to my own reading list! Which book are you most eager to get your hands on? Have you read any of these authors before? Let me know in the comment section.
It is the middle of March; about time for some news. Do you agree? I have a smattering of 19th century/modern-esque news to offer up this month. Eight juicy morsels from the macabre to the delightful and some peculiar journalism with a dash of anthropological findings thrown in, for good measure. Unfortunately no news on Downton Abbey, this time around. However, Sherlockians may want to take note, if they have not seen the news below already. Enjoy, the aggregate, Dear Readers.
- What makes a diorama creepy? Dead animals, no matter how whimsical the set up.
- Will the Real Sherlock, please stand up?
- Who does not enjoy a cartographic mash-up? Victorian London, now, superimposed.
- Deadwood Dentist Discovering Deceased. How is that for alliteration? Dentist is quoted to saying he is fascinated how the professional tools and procedures have not varied widely from the 19th century. Fascinated?! Frankly, I am disconcerted!
- When technology runs rampant . . . oh, what a tangled web of wires we weave!
- Belle Epoque Films! Need any more enticement? There is a three minute video of a jovial ballet, comedy, and drama vignette. The ballet is rather amusing.
- Bringing the Civil War into your living room!– I have not quite decided if this is “awesome” or a bit creepy.
I adore cartography and the minutia that comes with it. The precise clean lines, the overlays of data, the legend/key, the compass rose, and the wealth of knowledge it conveys in pictorial format. It is simply a different way of communicating.
I recently found the computer file that was accumulating information on the 19th century. In it, I rediscovered this JISC site detailing the glorious city of London using interactive maps to overlay data from as far back as the 1700s. It is a delightful site to fiddle with. It also provides links to other historical documents about the London street or building of your choice. Of course, some articles and documents are “locked” and unable to be access, but the available files offer a plethora of information.
I still would love the opportunity to spread out a map on an old wooden table and be allowed to pour over it for days; scrutinizing the images and data. Quite some time has passed since I have done that. The irony is I have the utmost difficulty using maps for practical reasons, such as finding how to arrive from one destination to the next. Unfortunately, I am one of those people who turn the map as I navigate my way through it. So, I prefer historical maps, so I can witness the changes in the topography, landscape, and derive facts from the folds.