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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2011, 08:04:33 PM »
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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #16 on: September 29, 2011, 08:10:58 PM »
Aye. That is really good, and came way before 300!
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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #17 on: December 14, 2011, 03:08:48 AM »
I recently read and enjoyed Robert Harris' Imperium, the first book in a trilogy following the political career of Cicero, told from the viewpoint of his slave/secretary Tiro.

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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2012, 06:04:42 AM »
Just about anything by David Liss is fantastic. Wonderful research skillfully woven into the tale, with complex characters and twisty, convoluted plots. Start with "A Conspiracy of Paper" and go from there. Brilliant, brilliant stuff.

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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2012, 08:43:52 AM »
Thanks for the tip, Doug - I want to do something a bit 18th-century for my next project, so anything from that period is grist to the mill (I've already read a couple of contemporary works such as "Moll Flanders").
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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2012, 10:18:29 PM »
Conn Iggulden's Conqueror series (about the Khan dynasty in China) is an interesting read about something that hasn't been covered that often. James Michener did huge amazing books mostly about regions or states in the US or the Americas. Edward Rutherfurd has done a number of well regarded epics along similar lines. I've read Russia and London. I will never tire of recommending George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman series, either. Rollicking bawdy adventures with a great deal of meticulously researched historical fact thrown in.     
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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2012, 04:02:28 PM »
If you like your historical fiction then you have to try Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Chronicles (The Winter King, Enemy Of God, Excalibur), a unique re-telling of the Arthur legend told through the eyes of Derfel, a Saxon raised by Merlin without a Knight or Round Table in sight.

After that move onto Cornwell's Saxon Stories (The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horsemen, The Lords Of The North, Sword Song, The Burning Land, Death Of Kings). It tales the story of Alfred The Great through the eyes of the fictional Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a Saxon raised as a Dane.

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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2012, 08:39:32 PM »
Conn Iggulden's Conqueror series (about the Khan dynasty in China) is an interesting read about something that hasn't been covered that often.      

Can you read the books in the series individually? They don't have book 1 in my local shop, so I was gonna go straight to number 2. Would it matter?

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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #23 on: January 29, 2012, 10:31:18 PM »
You can read them that way, Ed, but you miss all the early stuff about Genghis, how he rose to power. I was aware of his history before going in, but this filled in some blanks. I'm kind of interested in how nomadic tribes formed a nation, so that first book was fascinating to me, but they have been written so that you could read them individually. I'd seriously recommend the Flashman's for that sort of read. They're all standalone, so it doesn't matter where you come in to the story.
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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #24 on: February 04, 2012, 01:07:22 PM »
Thanks!

They have books 1 and 2 in the local library. I just nipped down (-24 C here!!) and picked them up and a stack of other stuff.

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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #25 on: February 05, 2012, 10:55:54 PM »
Hope you enjoy, Ed. -24? Yikes! I dislike cold weather intensely and that's way too cold for me.
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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #26 on: February 06, 2012, 06:35:18 PM »
Did anyone read The Thirteenth Tale? It's set somewhere around the year 1900, though it never tells you exactly when. I actually picked it up because I thought it was fantasy (it was described as a "ghost story", but it isn't), but it was so ingenious that I thoroughly enjoyed it anyway.

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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #27 on: February 15, 2012, 09:09:33 AM »
Anyone read anything by Harold Lamb?

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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #28 on: April 03, 2012, 07:45:40 PM »
I liked Simon Scarrow Roman books, my sister loves Harry Sidebottom but not read his books yet
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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #29 on: April 03, 2012, 07:56:18 PM »
If you don't mind your historical fiction laced with huge doses of sarcasm and its tongue placed firmly in its cheek, I'd recommend Mike Ripley's Boudica and the Lost Roman. Great fun.
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