June 05, 2013
They say that the person who does not learn from history is doomed to repeat it. I don’t know about you, but there sure is a lot of history I’d rather not repeat. The Spanish Inquisition? The Trail of Tears? The Jerry Springer Show? No, thank you!
But what if history repeated itself… with a twist? Here are five books that give a unique view of history. I doubt your history teacher would let you cite one of them in a report, but they still would be pretty fun to read!
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
What if the South had been run by vampires during the Civil War? What if our 16th President was secretly a powerful vampire slayer?
Anno-Dracula by Kim Newman
What if Count Dracula hadn't been defeated? What if he married Queen Victoria and ruled England with a firm--and bloody--grip?
The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson
What if Napoleon had won at Waterloo? What if Europe was divided into two opposing factions? What would it be like to be a fifteen year-old detective in that world?
Leviathon and sequels by Scott Westerfeld
What if World War I was fought between futuristic machines and genetically altered animals? What if two young people found themselves on opposite sides of the war... but still friends?
The Year of the Hangman by Gary L. Blackwood
What if the British had won the American Revolution? What if George Washington was awaiting execution and Benjamin Franklin was secretly fomenting rebellion against the victors? What if a teenager was ordered to spy on Franklin but decided to help him instead?
And here you were, thinking that history was boring. Have you read any other alternate history books? Or do you have an awesome idea for a new one? Leave a comment and tell us all about it!