Parking for Today’s Meeting in Attleboro

The group meets today at Attleboro Public Library, 10-12. To leave as much parking for library patrons as possible, please park in the middle of the lot, go in and get a parking pass from Elise (she will be waiting for us), and then go back out to put it on your dashboard.

We are down to a group of only seven, due to illness and scheduling conflicts, so I hope everyone can make it.

Please note: The location of our next meeting (April 3, 10-12) has been changed to John Curtis Library in Hanover!


Historical Adventure – February 7, 2018

The Southeastern Mass. Reader’s Advisory Roundtable (SE-RART) meets on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Attleboro Public Library, 74 North Main Street, Attleboro to talk about Historical Adventure and continue our 2017-18 Action/Adventure genre study. There is no snow date scheduled.

The benchmark title for Historical Adventure is The Last Kingdom, a novel by Bernard Cornwell – first in the Saxon Stories series. Please choose another title from the Historical Adventure subgenre as your second title. (See suggestions of authors below.)

Even if you don’t get to read the entire book, please be prepared to talk briefly about each of them in terms of reader’s advisory appeal factors, as laid out by RA-guru Joyce Saricks:

  • Pacing (e.g. breakneck, unhurried, densely written)
  • Characterization (e.g. quirky, well developed, ensemble cast)
  • Plot/Storyline (e.g. action-oriented, sensual, domestic, sexually explicit)
  • Tone/Mood (e.g. gritty, heartwarming, political)
  • Style/Language (e.g. sophisticated, homespun, frank)
  • Frame/Setting (e.g. urban, rural, world-building, time-frame)

Again, don’t worry if you can’t finish your two novels in time for the meeting; if you need to, you can follow the “Read a Book in Ten Minutes” guidelines.

Short, additional readings for discussion at the February meeting will be emailed to registered participantsPlease register on the MLS Web site!

If you’re looking for ideas for your second title, we have put together a list of possibilities for Historical Adventure authors. Many of these suggestions come from The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 2nd. ed., by Joyce Saricks:


Michael Chabon (Gentlemen of the Road)
Bernard Cornwell (other than benchmark title)
Jeffrey Deaver (Garden of Beasts)
William Dietrich (Ethan Gage series)
Dorothy Dunnett (House of Niccolo or Lymond Chronicles series)
Ken Follett (Jackdaws)
W.E.B. Griffin (Men at War, The Corps, or The Brotherhood of War series)
Helen Hollick (Sea Witch Chronicles series)
Dewey Lambdin (Alan Lewrie series)
Louis L’Amour (The Walking Drum)
Patrick O’Brian (Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin series)
Arturo Perez-Reverte (Captain Alatriste series)
Wilbur Smith (Ancient Egypt series)
Julian Stockwin (Thomas Kidd series)

If you want to post information about your second title before the meeting, you can!