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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas…

December 24, 2013

shadesOk, we’ve made it.  Christmas is tomorrow.  I’ve managed to get a blog out every day for twelve days.  I’m impressed with me.  I don’t know if you’re impressed with me, but that’s ok.
So, to celebrate the last day of the Christmas blog I’m giving away the complete set of Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories.
This will include Shades of Milk & Honey, Glamour in Glass, and Without a Summer.kowal glamour  These are alternate history, Regency-era fantasy novels.  They’re amazing.  And I love them.  So very, very much.  If you’ve seen any of the rest of this blog, you’ll know that.  I’ve talked about Mary once or twice.

WithoutSummerTo enter my giveaway, just tell me what alternate version of history you’d like to live in.  I especially like steampunk.

Thank you to everyone who participated in my giveaways!

18 Comments leave one →
  1. Anne permalink
    December 24, 2013 10:40 pm

    Hmmm, that’s an interesting question! I’d like to live in an alternate version of Regency England where magic is real and mythology (especially fairy lore) is true!

  2. December 24, 2013 11:00 pm

    I have always had a fascination with the Victorian era. The clothing, the architecture. But my other choice would be the Renaissance. Especially if it were anything similar to the festivals I go to. My one concern would be the sensibilities. I hate to see people treated as lesser.

  3. tarlen permalink
    December 24, 2013 11:04 pm

    I think I’d like to live in a world where electricity was never “invented” because magic was used in its place.

  4. December 25, 2013 12:41 am

    Thirties retro-futuristic noir in which the Civil War was called on account of (hushed-up) zombies, a superfuel coal was discovered and boosted scientific progress, racism and sexism were at least /starting/ to be actively undermined by the late 1800s, and the malevolent things which inch and slink through the shadows can at least be balked.

    (…it has its problems, but I’m a /Deadlands Noir/ fan.)

  5. December 25, 2013 1:07 am

    The first thing that really comes to mind is an alternate history in which Tesla got the funding he needed/deserved… I’d really like to see what he would have been able to do if he’d been given the chance…

  6. Amanda Rogers permalink
    December 25, 2013 2:59 am

    I have always loved the dawn of the industrial age in England. Although the age of steel and coal brought many challenges to the health and livelihood of the classes living in large cities the entire change of the home fascinates me. I love how the parlour becomes a new invention in the home. Family life changes and the middle class emerge from two separate classes. I love the fashions when petticoats were still worn and the hoop skirt was not quite invented yet. Dickens and the Brontës were writing their works. Queen Victoria, the young and vivacious ruler is upon the throne and England is reaching it’s height of power in the world. Who wouldn’t dream to live in this age?

  7. hlmorris85 permalink
    December 25, 2013 11:00 am

    I’d love to live in an Elizabethan era…with modern plumbing 🙂

  8. December 25, 2013 11:34 am

    Renn Faire alternate history — hot running water, good sanitation and vaccinations. Ooh, and with magic for decent eyeglasses and birth control.

  9. December 25, 2013 1:06 pm

    I’d like to live in an alternate history where magic like in Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy exists!!

  10. December 25, 2013 4:41 pm

    I would love to live in alt-Regency England where magic and universal human rights exist 🙂

  11. Jasmine permalink
    December 25, 2013 7:04 pm

    I’m very fond of the ice punk world in Cold Magic, but my first and greatest love would have to be steampunk. Asian influenced, hectic adventures in the age of invention, with interest in social justice and air ships. What is not to love?

  12. speckk permalink
    December 27, 2013 11:55 am

    I’d go for a gear punk jazz age. Good music, classy dress, more modern conveniences, and we’ll assume technology is accelerating an end to institutional racism.

  13. sherylrhayes permalink
    December 28, 2013 12:45 pm

    I would love to live in in a steampunk universe in the style of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series.

  14. S.W. permalink
    December 28, 2013 2:49 pm

    I’m not sure I’d like to live in a depression era Steampunk America, but I’d like to read stories set there.

  15. Danny permalink
    December 28, 2013 3:29 pm

    I think it would be neat to live in either the simpler ways of pre-war 1930s or post-war 1950s North America but with modern computer technology.

  16. Bruce Cohen permalink
    December 28, 2013 7:23 pm

    I keep thinking about an alternate history in which post-WWII USA turned away from imperialism, said no to the Vietnam War, and put its heart and soul into going into space and staying there. The future in which we were promised we would have flying cars and bases on the Moon.

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