What do you all think? I find that I like alternate history in some forms, but in others it's just dreadful. Part of that is my dislike of certain historical periods; the American Civil War is a prime example because it just doesn't interest me. Take note, oh future authors... do not send me a civil war novel. =) I also think that there's too much emphasis on Western history in the current alternate history novels that are being written. Where, I ask you, are the novels about ancient Indonesia or central Asia? That would be interesting because it's so different from what's currently being published. Would a publisher buy it? That I don't know.
But one of my favorite novels as a child was CARAVANS by James Michener (yes, I was a highly advanced reader; my mother taught me to read when I was three years old, and I had read the entire unabridged JANE EYRE by the time I was in fourth grade), and that was largely because it was such an exotic setting that it drew me in. I'd love to visit Afghanistan still, to this very day, but trust me, I'm not going there any time soon. Unmarried Jewish woman in Afghanistan=not a smart idea. Sadly, it's also why I can't visit Pakistan either, which I would dearly love to do.
(And now, it's time for a very early breakfast. I am unable to sleep and I have a lunch meeting with an editor in seven hours; oh woe is me.)