Horrible Histories Book Tag

BOOK TAG WEEK!!!… continues.

This time, I present the Horrible Histories Book Tag, which was created by Laura who runs Corner of Laura and who also tagged me! 😀 Thankie! Thankie!

From Laura’s post, I learned that Horrible Histories is actually a book series that was adapted for British TV, plays, films, and radio. Her post was the first I’ve heard of it, but it does sound pretty interesting.

Well then, to the tag!

Shouty Man: A book that tried way too hard

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

It’s fantasy inspired by African folklore and although I liked it, I do think it tried hard to be dark and violent and gruesome at first. I really think that’s what turned people off earlier in the story. It was too much at once.

The story is from the POV of a mercenary called Tracker who’s hired to find a boy. The story begins with Tracker in jail, I think, telling us how he got hired and what became of the boy.

Bob Hale: A long twisty tale

Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

It’s one of my favorites and its twistiness made me think of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.

It’s historical fiction with some magical realism thrown in about the Kintu clan whose bloodline is cursed. And it’s as much about Kintu Kidda’s descendants as it is about Uganda because we learn much about how Uganda has changed over the years as we follow along with Kintu’s descendants. It’s a wonderful read with great writing. Like One Hundred Years of Solitude, certain family names are reused, which makes it seem like certain characters are reborn again and again. The story’s structure was also similar because the trajectory seems to be a circular rather than just linear. It’s a great read, and I highly recommend it.

Scary Stories: A horror book that didn’t scare you

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

I read this fairly recently but haven’t yet reviewed it. I don’t think it’s full-on horror. It’s described as supernatural thriller and it’s set in the 1990s, which I guess makes it historical fiction now (wow). It’s set in a White suburban neighborhood and is about how a women’s book club protecting their children from a dude who turned out to be a vampire.

Stupid Deaths: A book with lots of black humour

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

I have a hard time identifying black humor, so I had a hard time with this question. Eventually, I just did a google search to see if I read any of the resulting books, and Braithwaite’s was one of them. I don’t recall considering this book humorous in any way, though, but that may have been because it was such a frustrating read for me (and because I still don’t fully understand what black humor is, poor me). It’s a thriller set in Nigeria about a young woman who cleans up her little sister’s messes (i.e., murders).

Historical Paramedics: A character who has good intentions but makes things worse

Twoflower?… or maybe Rincewind. Both?

These characters are from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series; The Colour of Magic, to be exact. In it, Rincewind is a failed wizard who dropped out of Unseen University after learning just one spell, which he tries hard not to use, and Twoflower is a tourist. To me, whatever these two try to do ends in disaster, and it’s surprising fate hasn’t caught up with them yet. I look forward to reading about more of their adventures after The Colour of Magic (although I didn’t enjoy it much).

Historical Crime Squad: A book with a weird twist

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Two words: hair cream.

The Songs: A seriously addictive book/series

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa (illus.)

It’s so easy to get hooked on this manga/anime series. It’s fantasy about two brothers, one who lost his entire body and whose soul is now bonded to a suit of armor and another who lost an arm and a leg, after an experiment to revive their mother. It’s such a sweet, entertaining yet heart-wrenching story that will appeal to those who love Avatar: The Last Airbender.

That’s it for the tag.

I tag all those familiar with the Horrible Histories series… and if you just wanna do the tag too. 🙃

18 thoughts on “Horrible Histories Book Tag

  1. Thanks so much for doing my tag 😊 I agree with you on Black Leopard, Red Wolf. I couldn’t even get past the beginning. It was just too much. If you’re looking for more Rincewind books, I’d recommend Interesting Times or The Last Hero (in particular, the illustrated version of The Last Hero). Both are really funny and clever.


      1. He’s in The Light Fantastic a lot – I think/hope you’ll find him less naive (sometimes) but still frequently disastrous – and pops up in Interesting Times, which is the fifth Rincewind book.

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  2. You’re liking these tags and doing so well with finding books for them. I would say black humour is humour that shouldn’t be funny, like the humour ambulance workers and the like often have. My friend Ali says I’d cope with My Sister … but I’m really not sure!

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    1. Thanks for explaining it. I appreciate that.
      My Sister, the Serial Killer wasn’t gruesome (if I remember correctly), so I think you’ll get on fine, if that’s what you’re worried about. It’s very fast paced. I finished it in one sitting. I think it’s worth trying out.


  3. I was surprised to see Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James topping your list. After reading his award-winning A Brief History of Seven Killings, I had added this book to my To Read List but never got down to doing so. Perhaps James thought that the “dark and violent and gruesome” elements of Seven Killings were what readers craved.


    1. Oh, Marlon James is one of my favorite authors! His Book of Night Women was such a good read! I’d like to read Brief History of Seven Killings as well.
      Regarding Black Leopard, Red Wolf, I think it’s a good read, but it was difficult getting through the first 50 or 100 pages (can’t remember how many). To me, it seemed like he was leaning a lot into the dark and violence of grimdark fantasy.

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