Tuesday, 3 January 2012
The Oracle of Stamboul
The Oracle of Stamboul, by Michael David Lukas
My Goodreads Review
I have a very strict definition of historical fiction. It is a historical event or person brought to life in a story. The history should be factual as much as possible. It should make you feel as if you were there, during the time period, witnessing the event. James Michener was one of the best writers of historical fiction.
It seems that lately, people assign the label historical fiction to any piece of work that is set at least 50 years in the past. We now have offshoots - historical romance, historical mystery, historical fantasy to name a few.
This book, while it was set in the late 1800's and did relate the historical events of the time, was more fantasy. Was the intention to tell a story to bring that time period to life? Or was it the intention of the author to create a fantasy around the time period? Actually, that is the crux of the definition of historical fiction for me. What is the purpose behind telling the story?
I make no apology for my opinion. I know how I like my historical fiction. End of story!