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Subject: Book Ideas
Date Posted: 2/28/2016 3:06 PM ET
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I have been out of the book loop for a long while and I haven't been keeping up with what is out there and popular now. 

What would you recommend for one of my first must have PBS requests?

Is there any book that stands out in your memory because it was outstanding? It doesn't have to be h/f, just anything you loved. I read just about every genre. 

Are there any new authors I should check out? 

I need help, I'm lost in the book stacks...help!

Date Posted: 2/28/2016 3:14 PM ET
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I've been craving a big meaty family saga for some reason. Any ideas???

Date Posted: 2/28/2016 8:17 PM ET
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Valli,

This is not a new series, but it is rather new to me ... the Poldark series by Winston Graham? The series is amazing! I don't know if you had a chance to watch the new PBS mini-series, but it was wonderful as well.

I'll continue to think. Have you reviewed our "Best of" lists from the last couple of years? You might get some inspiration there.

A link to last year's postings is: http://www.paperbackswap.com/Best-2015/topic/305994/

And, of course, reading through the book challenge lists will provide some great titles! Carolyn has been administering our sticky thread for all things Historical Fiction and you can find links to our reading challenges from that link:

http://www.paperbackswap.com/NEW-Historical-Fiction-Forum-Table/topic/298736/

Good luck ... and have some fun!

Kelly

Date Posted: 2/28/2016 8:26 PM ET
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I found our Best of 2014 thread ...

http://www.paperbackswap.com/Best-2014/topic/299148/

 

Date Posted: 2/29/2016 10:04 AM ET
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Try The Last Policeman trilogy by Ben H. Winters.  I thought it was a great read.  Don't have any copies as I sent the first one to a pbs friend some time ago and ordered the others from our library.

Date Posted: 2/29/2016 12:42 PM ET
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Thanks, Kelly! I'm sure I will find some ideas there.

Rusty, I just looked at the Winters books and they look like something I will love. You know how much I love those apocalyptic books! If there is a super flu, nuclear bomb, or nature striking back disaster; basically any story where everybody dies, I just love it, lol. I went ahead and downloaded the whole Winters trilogy to my phone. 

I recently read one you might like http://www.paperbackswap.com/California-Novel-Edan-Lepucki/book/0316250813/

In this one, there is not one big life altering disaster, but our civilization is crumbling due to economic problems, lack of resources, etc.. It's a little different than the normal post-apocalyptic books we have both read and enjoyed, but I really liked it and I think you would too. I just ran across it in the library and it was a lucky find. Have you read any others like this one or the Wool books that you enjoyed? 

 

Date Posted: 2/29/2016 12:55 PM ET
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I'm hoping Jeanne will pop in with a new historical mystery author. She's the one who introduced me to the great Rennie Airth books and I just bet she has found a new must read author by now!;

Date Posted: 2/29/2016 12:57 PM ET
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Kelly, I have read some of the Poldark books and I'm going to check on where in the series I was. I did enjoy them and I've been craving more sagas so those would be perfect. 

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Date Posted: 2/29/2016 2:01 PM ET
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Valli, I have been really getting into books by Kate Morton and Kate Mosse. They both write historical fiction with a slight supernatural twist. In Kate Morton's books the supernatural element is more percieved than real. My favorite so far of Kate Morton is The Distant Hours and for Kate Mosse I loved The Winter Ghosts. The stories are usually written as overlapping telling a modern story that is affected by something that happened in the past. 

Date Posted: 3/4/2016 2:52 PM ET
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Well Valli, I just found this thread today! I absolutely loved two fairly recently read books: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris. They are the kind of books I will remember for a looong time - or at least a couple of months LOL! wink

Date Posted: 3/4/2016 8:35 PM ET
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Imogen Robertson's Westerman and Crowther series LOVE these.  Have you read any of Jeri Westerson's Crispin Guest series?   Elly Griffith's   Ruth Galloway series these are contemporary but I like them.   Also Death as a Fine Art by David Morrell this one was really good.

Date Posted: 3/5/2016 12:14 PM ET
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Valli - I'm very new to HF, so can't really give any recs there, but I absolutely ADORE the Others series by Anne Bishop.  It's UF, but it reads like Fantasy.  All the paranormal creatures are a bit different than what you usually find, and there are lots of not so common beings.  The world building is fabulous and the characters are very well done.

For HF - I really enjoyed The Axeman's Jazz by Ray Celestin.  I bought it for a swap, wasn't sure if I would even read it.....  But, the person I revealed it for is someone that has very similar tastes in reading, so since I had time I decided to give it a try.  I'm so glad I did!

Date Posted: 3/9/2016 12:17 PM ET
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Kat, I love, and I really mean I luurve!, Kate Morton. She's one of the authors I stalk for new relases. 

Jeanne, I read the Doerr book just a week or so ago and thought it was wonderful. Added the Mcmorris book to my wl. 

I will check out all the other recs. 

 

Date Posted: 3/9/2016 12:27 PM ET
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Cindy, thanks for the fantasy rec. I have always enjoyed it, but I haven't read one in a few years.

Have you tried Jacqueline Carey? I've read the 1st 3 books in this series and loved them. She's another master at world building and layering her plots with treachery and deception. Ok, really the main character is kind of a smart thinking sex slave, which may sound a bit weird, but it works and makes a good, juicy story, lol. The 1st one is titled Kushiel's Dart. 

Date Posted: 3/9/2016 5:06 PM ET
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Oh, Valli, the more things change the more they stay the same.  I had forgotten that I had the Jacqueline Carey series on my shelf and I've only read the first one.  It's so nice to be reminded to such t'hings.  Have a great day!

Date Posted: 3/9/2016 6:20 PM ET
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Valli, thanks for the recommendation. I just ordered the first book in the Cazalet Chronicles, The Light Years. It sounds like something I and my Downton Abby friends would like although it begins in a time period about 10+ years after the last Downton episode.