Historical fiction recs? Please?

Sooooooo…..

I want to read some good, chewy, overly-detailed historical fiction. The sort that spends fifteen pages talking about wool processing before mentioning that a lead character is dying of cholera, and then spends ten pages discussing cholera treatments. The sort of book where most readers will be begging for an editor to step in at some point. Ideally I’d like this to be set from roughly 1600-1880, anywhere in the world.

Any recommendations? Mysteries are fine, romances are fine, military fiction is fine, even  AUs are fine as long as there are lengthy digressions into bricklaying and making pastries.

LONG DESCRIPTIONS OF CLOTHING AND TOOLS, PEOPLE. That’s what I am hoping for.

Any recs? Anything? A recs list on Goodreads, perchance?

Help me, Internets, you are my only hope ..

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7 Responses

  1. Hi Sigrid;
    In response to your request for “… good, chewy, overly-detailed historical fiction…” May I suggest my The Azadi Series? Please have a look at the following Amazon.com link:
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=the+azadi+series&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Athe+azadi+series

    Best Regards,
    Waheed

  2. Island of the blue dolphins is what comes to mind after an hour of chewing on it. Clothing and tools descriptions in historical fiction sadly doesn’t seem to be an option on novelist plus (check your public library’s website, you probably have access through them) but can be very good at suggesting readalikes.

  3. I’m recommending Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson shoves in a *lot* of information about WWII, cryptography, moving data around, etc. Actually, he does this in all his books. You might enjoy his Quicksilver series as well.

  4. Judith Tarr?

  5. Thank you! Those all look pretty great!

  6. I JUST BOOKMARKED THAT. 😀 😀 😀

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