The Peshawar Lancers

December 16, 2008

Author: S. M. Stirling
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: ROC

Started: 12/16/08
Completed: 12/25/08

My brother Matt loaned me this book. It is an alternative-history novel based on the premise that a natural disaster in the latter half of the 19th Century interrupted history. The novel is set in a 21st century that is still using steam-based technology. It is a good adventure story and an interesting sorta-science-fiction story.

A Good Indian Wife

May 12, 2008

Author: Anne Cherian
Copyright: 2008
Publisher: W.W. Norton

Started: 5/12/08
Completed: 5/17/08

I didn’t know much about this book when I started it. It did represent a complete sea change from the previous book I had read, though.

A Good Indian Wife follows the story of a modern Indian couple who find themselves living in California in an arranged marriage. There is a culture clash between the Indian diaspora and society back on the Indian subcontinent. It makes for an interesting examination of marriage, relationships, culture, and tradition.

Flashman

January 4, 2008

Author: George MacDonald Fraser
Copyright: 1969
Publisher: Plume (Reprint, 1984)

Started: 1/4/08
Completed: 1/9/08

This was a re-reading, for at least the fourth or fifth time, of a favorite classic. I decided to revisit this novel after learning of the death of GM Fraser on January 3. This is the first in a wonderful series developed around a minor character from Thomas Hardy’s Tom Brown’s School Days. Harry Flashman is a coward and a cad, but he always lands a hero. Fraser uses Flashman and his adventures as a vehicle to carry us back into history.

If you are at all a fan of history, humor, and/or anti-heroes, you should read this series.