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Subject: BOTYA Historical Fiction Finalists
Date Posted: 3/22/2011 1:45 AM ET
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From Susan Higganbotham's face book page http://www.bookoftheyearawards.com/finalists/2010/category/fiction-historical/   

I have not read a single one of these books. yikes!

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 10:26 AM ET
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Not only have I not read a single one, I haven't even heard of a single one!

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 10:30 AM ET
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Raising hand ... Haven't even heard of them.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 10:47 AM ET
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By Fire, By Water is one I've been meaning to read. I looked through the list and there are only a couple on there that grabbed my attention. Wondering just how the decision is made to give these awards because I can think of others that should have made this list!

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 11:02 AM ET
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Date Posted: 3/22/2011 11:42 AM ET
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Whew I thought I was really failing my genere here.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 11:54 AM ET
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I have to wonder how the selections are made. I have read the Kaplan book, as well as the Frances Hunter book (very good). I've heard of the Cigar Maker, but only because the author is one of those horn tooting kind of authors. Not near as bad as some, but he does work very hard to get himself noticed.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 12:48 PM ET
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Never heard of 'em. Here's why:

ForeWord Reviews' Book of the Year Awards were established to bring increased attention to librarians and booksellers of the literary and graphic achievements of independent publishers and their authors.

These are the kind of books that will be hard to find at the big book chains. They may be on the shelf, but they probably won't stand out.

The group's criteria is interesting; for instance, the history must be accurate. May be worth checking out.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 1:28 PM ET
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I read "By Fire, By Water" and enjoyed it a lot! I actually had no idea that it was a self-piblished book. I thought it was every bit as good as any book you'd find on the shelves of the bigt book stores.

The only other book on the list I am interested in reading is the Frances Hunter book. It's kind of expensive though, so I doubt I will ever get to it. That's a shame because I adore books about explorers and I'd love to read this account of Lewis & Clarke's adventures. I've read their own words, but I'd love to read it in a novel form.

 

Thanks for that info, Genie! After I realized I didn't even know most of the books on the list, I was wondering how they were chosen and by whom.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 8:43 PM ET
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I liked By Fire, By Water too.  I think I've heard of one other book on that list and thats it.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 9:44 PM ET
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I do wish the Frances Hunter book was more readily available (and my copy's already been passed along). Both of them were very good and focused on lesser know, yet interesting periods in Lewis and Clark's lives. I hope they take on the great adventure next book.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 9:44 PM ET
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I looked thru the other fiction categories and didn't find anything I recognized.  I'm well-read enough that I should have at least heard of some of them.

The criteria for judging is:

  • Editorial excellence
  • Intent of book met by author
  • Originality of subject matter
  • Accuracy
  • Author credentials
  • Professional packaging
Date Posted: 3/22/2011 10:15 PM ET
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Cathy - that's "The Fairest Portion of the Globe" - right? It's on kindle for $4.99 and that's not a bad price, for anyone who is interested. "To The Ends of the Earth" is also 4.99.



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Date Posted: 3/22/2011 10:34 PM ET
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Jeanne, that would be the two and really good reads IMHO.

Date Posted: 3/23/2011 9:11 AM ET
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I think this criteria knocks out most of what is available at the big chain stores:

Editorial excellence

I've read a lot of things in the last several months that needed a good editor.  And not just for content...even stupid typo stuff is getting through.

Date Posted: 3/23/2011 9:23 AM ET
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I agree with you Christa. I mean authors should have a right to there own voice.  But let the editors do there jobs for gosh sakes.