What are the best neo-Victorian novels?

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    #1Alias Grace

    Alias Grace

    Alias Grace is a novel by Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood. It tells the real-life story of Grace Marks, who was convicted murder in 1843 for the deaths of three people. Years later, a psychiatrist helps to prove her innocence.


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    May Ren
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is a very interesting book. After reading The Handmaid's Tale, I am very interested in reading more Atwood."
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    #2Cold Mountain

    Cold Mountain
    Cold Mountain is a book by Charles Frazier that tells the story of Inman, a soldier who will come back to his home in the Blueridge mountains and to his most loved woman Ada.  

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    Phillip Ferguson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Cold Mountain is a book by Charles Frazier that tells the story of Inman, a Confederate soldier. Inman decides to walk back to his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains and to Ada, the woman he loves."
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    #3Oscar and Lucinda

    Oscar and Lucinda

    Oscar and Lucinda is a Booker Prize-winning novel by Australian author Peter Carey. It tells the story of Oscar and Lucinda, who are both proven gamblers, as they take on a bet that changed the course of their lives.


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    Lori Castillo
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "An interesting story I picked up to read on the plane. Takes place in Australia and is about 2 people who try and change their lives and the adventures they have. As far as Neo-Victorian novels go it sure fits the bill as it is set in that time period. The story moves along and comes to a good conclusion. "
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    #4The Historian

    The Historian
    This is the story of a young woman that while exploring her father's library is plunged into a labyrinth where she will find out about her father's past and the fate of her mother, and she will learn about Vlad the Impaler, and his possible connections with her situation in the current days. 


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    Brian Bradley
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This novel has me on the edge of my seat. The labyrinth in this story is gripping stunning and absolutely amazing. "
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    #5Wide Sargasso Sea

    Wide Sargasso Sea
    Wide Sargasso Sea is Jean Rhys' novel about Antoinette, a Creole heiress in 1830s Jamaica who married an Englishman, who later forced Antoinette to become an ideal Victorian lady.

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    Robert Palmer
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "It seems to be a very good book set in the time frame"
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    #6The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler)

    The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler)

    The Alienist is a mystery book by Caleb Carr that tells the story of Laszlo Kreizler and John Schuyler Moore as they attempt to solve a crime in 19th century New York. It is the first book of the Dr. Laszlo Kreizler trilogy.


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    Agustín de la Rosa
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler) is one of the best mystery books I have read, I could absolutely not put it down throughout. It really encapsulates life in 19th century New York and makes the reader feel as if they are really there. I would recommend it to mystery buffs strongly as well as anyone else. "
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    #7Nights at the Circus

    Nights at the Circus

    Nights at the Circus is an award-winning novel by Angela Carter. It tells the story of Jack, a journalist, who joins Colonel Kearney's traveling circus to be with the woman he loves, a trapeze artist named Sophie Fevvers.


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    Kevin Weaver
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Nights at the Circus is a great novel. It is one of my favorite Angela Carter books. The story has great characters, and is full of suspense and various twists and turns. It has romance, drama, and realism that will keep you reading more."
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    #8Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a bestselling novel of all time and won the Pulitzer Prize. Widely considered The Great American Novel, it explores the depth of human passion with an intensity as bold as its setting.

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    Billy Bryant
    Written on May 1, 2018
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    Possession is a bestselling historical fiction novel by English author A.S. Byatt. It won the Man Booker Prize in 1990, and it tells the story of the academics as they study the lives of two Victorian poets.


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    Johnny Flores
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Possession is a fantastic book and it is no surprise that it won the Man Booker prize. It does the genre justice and really captures what it means to be a neo-Victorian novel. It is an amazingly well written book. "
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    #10The Prestige

    The Prestige

    The Prestige is a psychological film directed by Christopher Nolan, which is about the story of magicians  Robert Angier and Alfred Borden, who share an intense rivalry after being beaten by a tragedy. 


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    Vicky Ma
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This is quite an entertaining and we'll produced movie. The plot is clever and intriguing and the performances by the cast are perfect in every detail. The film takes place when most people actually believed that magicians were possessed of actual supernatural power. If you enjoy dark and mystical atmosphere and thought provoking plot twists then you'll be quite entertained. The music and cinematography are a treat to the senses and due to their own merit are worth the time to view this film. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and think you will too. Grab some popcorn, sit back and prepare to disappear into the world of illusion."
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    #11The Quincunx

    The Quincunx
    Set in the early 19th century, this book manages to build a plot within a plot, where family secrets, bribes, illegal activities and mysterious clues cohabit in the protagonists' search of a document. 


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    Bruce Armstrong
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "A novel written in 1990 but set in the Victorian era. Fits query."


Best What are the best neo-Victorian novels
1Alias GraceBooks 49 Paid
2Cold MountainBooks 45 Paid
3Oscar and LucindaBooks 44 Paid
4The HistorianBooks 40 Paid
5Wide Sargasso SeaBooks 39 Paid
6The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler)Books 36 Paid
7Nights at the CircusBooks 34 Paid
8Gone with the Wind Books 32 Paid
9PossessionBooks 28 Paid
10The PrestigeMovies 17 Paid

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