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Subject: Favorite HF about the Romanov's
Date Posted: 3/6/2012 11:29 AM ET
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What is everyone's favorite HF about the Romanov's?  I have read an enjoyed "The Kitchen Boy" and "City of Shadows" but I want to add more to my TBR.

Date Posted: 3/6/2012 12:18 PM ET
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Ladies, ur, and Gentlemen,

Did y'all read this?

"but I want to add more to my TBR."

Have fun!

Margaret, You just don't know what you have done. *shakes head*

BTW, I enjoyed The Kitchen Boy. I don't have another fictional recommendation off the top of my head. But I'm sure others will. devil

 

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Date Posted: 3/6/2012 1:09 PM ET
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I loved the book Romanov Prophesy by Steve Berry. Not sure that it would be considered historical fiction, since only the flashbacks were in the past, the main part of the story was present day. But nontheless, it is a great book.

I have City of Shadows by Arianna Franklin on my shelf but havent read it yet.

Date Posted: 3/6/2012 1:18 PM ET
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Do you want books that are strictly focused on the Romanvs as the MCs or just set in that period?

I loved Annette Motley's take on Catherine the Great in Men on White Horses. Much better than that new Winter Palace one that is out now.

There's The Summer Day is Done by Robert T. Stevens that was pretty good.

A Daughter of the Nobility by Natasha Borovsky (WWI/Revolution, MC is a minor princess of sorts)

I really really liked Cynthia Harrod Eagle's trilogy set in Russia, although you're not in the midst of the royal family. Anna (Napoleonic Wars), Emily (Victorian) and Fleur (WWI, Revolution).

 

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Date Posted: 3/6/2012 2:22 PM ET
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Nickolas and Alexandra by Robert Masey excellent. they made a movie from it to. It may be nonfiction. Good pictures too.

Alice

Date Posted: 3/6/2012 6:53 PM ET
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I read Adrienne Sharp's The True Memoirs of Little K, about Mathilde Kschessinska.  It was pretty good, and though centered around the alleged mistress of Czar Alexander.  My Review it here http://www.paperbackswap.com/True-Memoirs-Little-Adrienne-Sharp/book/0374207305/



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Date Posted: 3/6/2012 6:56 PM ET
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Depends on which Romanovs you're interested in. There's an excellent novel in which Alexander I is a secondary character. The author is this fellow named Tolstoy; the book is War and Peace.wink

I agree with Alice -- Nicholas and Alexander by Massie is excellent (non-fiction). The author also wrote a biography of Peter the Great and recently released a new biography of Catherine the Great -- both are supposed to be very good.

I also liked The Romanov Bride by Robert Alexander, the author of The Kitchen Boy.

Date Posted: 3/6/2012 10:56 PM ET
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Am currently reading Massie's book about Catherine and it is very good.  Sorry, I didn't enjoy Kitchen Boy.  Thought it was unbelievable.

Date Posted: 3/6/2012 11:27 PM ET
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Oh Deb - what a casual introduction to what is probably the BEST book on Russian history/historical fiction PERIOD! Thank heaven you added that little Wink afterward. I really laughed at that!

I second the Robert K Massie book too!

Date Posted: 3/7/2012 8:05 AM ET
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Nickolas and Alexandra by Robert Masey excellent. they made a movie from it to. It may be nonfiction.

Yes, it's non-fiction. But a great recommendation. I second it. It reads like fiction.

The author is this fellow named Tolstoy; the book is War and Peace.

Oh, that book. Weighs a ton. I could never get through the party scene at the beginning. LOL.

 I didn't enjoy Kitchen Boy. Thought it was unbelievable.

I agree that you have to suspend belief, but I did like the story. Ima sucker.

Date Posted: 3/7/2012 8:57 AM ET
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I recently read the classic Anna Karenina and loved it.

Date Posted: 3/7/2012 12:59 PM ET
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You are right Genie!  The Kitchen Boy is well written but, for some reason, I couldn't suspend belief!  However, I did really like Rasputin's Daughter by the same author which many other people didn't particularly like.

Have Sashenka by Simon Montefiore on my shelf.  It had good reviews when I requested it but I haven't yet opened it.  And, I have Anna Karenina on my Kindle to read so one of these days....

Date Posted: 3/7/2012 2:04 PM ET
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My recommendation is only partly set with the Romanovs, but it's still a fun book.  It's called Time after Time by Allen Appel.  The main character is a modern day history professor who finds he can travel back through time, and his first experience is in Russia just before the Revolution where he interacts with Czar Nicholas II and his family and witnesses the killing of Rasputin. If you like it, there are several sequels in which the same guy time travels to meet Mark Twain, Little Big Horn, and the Civil War.  One of my favorite series.

Date Posted: 3/7/2012 6:11 PM ET
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How about The Lost Crown: A Novel of Romanov Russia 

by Sarah Miller 

Date Posted: 3/8/2012 11:55 AM ET
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Thanks so many great ideas!  Thanks everyone, my TBR and my WL might not thank you..............

Clarinda - I will definitely read Time and Time, I love time travel books.

Date Posted: 3/8/2012 7:44 PM ET
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Whatever happened to the copy of The Young Catherine by Zoe Oldenbourg that I mailed to someone in this Forum?  Is it not in circulation?

Date Posted: 3/15/2012 6:40 PM ET
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I can't recomment it enough but anyone interested simply must read Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert Massie.  Thank you Genie for suggesting that I read this one.  It is fabulous.  



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Date Posted: 3/18/2012 3:18 PM ET
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I came across as ad for a new book by Kathryn Harrison. Titled Enchantments, it takes place during the fall of the Romanovs. It sounds good, but initial reviews at AZN and GR suggest it may not be as good as it sounds.

Date Posted: 3/18/2012 5:47 PM ET
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Genie-I read that one for review and it wasn't among my favorites for the ones I've read this year.  It is more literary historical fiction and it is based around a what if scenario that requires you to suspend belief quite a bit in order to get through the story.  I think Cathy just tried this one too and didn't care for it much either.

Date Posted: 3/18/2012 6:00 PM ET
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Enchantments was a major dog, and I was very tempted to throw it for real, and not just throw it in my mind. Lots of pretty words and sentences with no story. There were hints of something sexual between Alexei and R's daughter, and from what I garnered on a couple of the Ammy reviews it was going to get worse. I bailed.