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Subject: FictionFinder
Date Posted: 4/1/2008 7:15 AM ET
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I came across a nifty tool this a.m. by OCLC, a worldwide network of libraries. It's called FictionFinder. FF claims to help you find fiction by keyword. Behind the scenes, it uses a combination of tagging, Library of Congress Subject Headings and keywords in the item description.

I ran a search for Richard III and found some books I didn't know about. I also found non-fiction (LOL!), but the tool is in beta, so it isn't perfect.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 12:14 PM ET
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Thanks Genie.  I am going to explore this.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 12:32 PM ET
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Thanks Genie I am going to check this out.
Date Posted: 4/1/2008 6:36 PM ET
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Genie you said the magic word for me...Richard III

;-)

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 7:41 PM ET
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Ah, another Richard III fan. What have you read and liked, if I may ask?

I really enjoyed Sharon Kay Penman's The Sunne in Splendour. I liked Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett, although it wasn't so much about Richard as it was the princes and Thomas Moore. I liked it even though I thought it was based on a crackpot theory. But, hey, it's fiction.

The best biography I've read on the man is Richard the Third by Paul Murray Kendall.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 9:36 PM ET
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I would say that I'm less a fan and more fascinated by the story of Richard III and Anne Neville.

Sunne In Splendour (SKP) was excellent. Have you read The Mystery of The Princes by Audrey Williamson?

I enjoyed The Reluctant Queen by Jean Plaidy and its focus on Anne Neville.

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 7:37 AM ET
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You're point about "fan" is well-taken. I wondered if you might think I meant pro-Ricardian. I like to think I sit in the middle of the traditionalists and the revisionists. :)

I haven't read the Williamson book. I'll have to look it up. Thanks!

Genie

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 12:31 PM ET
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I consider myself a fence straddler myself. This book really offers investigative theory and rely's more on fact than just her own summation. I think you'll enjoy it.