Guest Post – Into the Past by Kersten Hamilton

Kersten Hamilton is the author of In the Forests of the Night, the second book in her Goblin Wars series.  I enjoyed Tyger Tyger, so I was delighted to be able to ask Kersten about books she loved from her past.  Check out what books made an impression on her and helped to shape her writing today.  After Kersten’s post, check out the giveaway for a hardcover copy of In the Forests of the Night!

Hi, Julie! Thank you for having me on your blog today! Let’s see, books I would have recommended…I have always gravitated toward strange, eclectic and archaic reads.

Age 5: Where the Wild Things. I love, love, loved that book! My parent’s weren’t so fond of it, though. Perhaps they thought I was a little too wild myself. Muggins Mouse goes to the Moon, The Color Kittens, and The Jungle Book.

Age 11: Where the Red Fern Grow, Savage Sam, Old Yeller, My Side of the Mountain, Down the Long Hills, Never Cry Wolf, Podkayne of Mars, Have Spacesuit Will Travel, Tunnel in the Sky, The Star Beast, Storm Over Warlock the Witchworld series and the Time Travelers series, The Dragon Riders of Pern. That was the year I read every single animal story and adventure story in the library…and most of the science fiction.

Age 16: The classics. All kinds, from social commentary to swashbucklers: Pride and Prejudice, The Three Musketeers, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, Scaramouche, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Scarlet Pimpernel, (for some reason, I loved stories of the French Revolution) Les Misérables, and Captain Blood.

Age 20: Historical fiction, mysteries and comedy. The Brother Cadfael mysteries, the Amelia Peabody mysteries, Wooster and Jeeves, and plays such as The Importance of Being Earnest and Much Ado About Nothing.

Happy reading, everybody!

Kersten Hamilton


Thanks, Kersten!  I loved the Pern books, Where the Red Fern Grows, and  the Amelia Peabody books, too! 

Now you can win a copy of In the Forests of the Night!  All you have to do is leave a comment with the name of a book that you would recommend to another reader, and fill out the form so I have a way to contact the winner.  The contest ends on December 22.  Open Internationally.  You must be 13 to enter.

7 thoughts on “Guest Post – Into the Past by Kersten Hamilton

  • December 13, 2011 at 1:44 am
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    If you like historical fiction and have not read her before, I would recommend Dorothy Dunnett and her The Lymond Chronicles and The House of Niccolo series.

    They are set in the 15th and 16th centuries and are I think quite unusual and interesting books.

    Carol T

  • December 13, 2011 at 2:49 am
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    I’d recommend Variant by Robison Wells. It’s YA and somewhat dystopian. The whole story takes place at a special school and strange things go on there. Mystery, thriller, suspense. It packs quite a sucker punch at the end.

  • December 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm
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    What book I’d recommend to another reader? Lots of different books, because I read all the genres, but once again I have to go with Rot & Ruin (now Dust & Decay, too) by Jonathan Maberry. I absolutely love those books, and I’m sure that even the readers that don’t like YA or post-apocalyptic or zombie books, would love them :)

  • December 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm
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    One more thing, I think that the first time I saw Rot & Ruin was here on your blog, it was your WoW pick, so thanks for pointing it out to me :D Also, loved Tyger Tyger, so thanks for the giveaway!!! Happy Holidays!

  • December 16, 2011 at 7:39 pm
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    @Aleksandra – lol – I’m glad that you enjoyed Rot & Ruin. There is nothing like a good zombie book! I liked Tyger Tyger, too, and I thought that In The Forests of the Night is an even better book! I loved it.

  • December 19, 2011 at 3:09 am
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    I would definitely recommend to any dystopian lover Possession by Elana Johnson and Eve by Anna Carey. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway :D
    Happy Holidays!

  • December 21, 2011 at 8:18 am
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    There are many books I would recommend, but recently I have been recommending the Hunger Games to all my friends.

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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