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Subject: Historical Fantasy Lists (Mini-Challenge)
Date Posted: 7/12/2010 3:41 PM ET
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This is a simple mini-challenge for those who want to read historical fanstasy. Read 6 books in the this genre and post brief reviews in the separate thread, which I will label "Historical Fantasy Reviews." The challenges books can be any 6 in the genre. I'm very new to this genre and I'd just like to see what y'all are reading.

My first book is Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz.



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My 6:

  1. Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz - DONE; 5/5 stars
  2. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin - DONE; 5/5 stars
  3. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin - DONE; 4/5 stars
  4. The Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay - DONE; 4/5 stars


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Banewreaker by Jacqueline Carey  DNF.

Valorian's Children  Mary H. Herbert   7-29-10

Camber of Culdi by Katherine Kurtz    7-31-10

Saint Camber by Katherine Kurtz      8-2-10

His Majesty's Dragon   8-5-10

Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz   8-7-10

Deryni Checkmate  8-8-10 and High Deryni 8-9-10



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1. A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay- Finished - 4 stars!

2. Sherwood by Parke Godwin - Finished - 41/2 stars!

3. The Language of Stones by Robert Carter - 3 stars.

4. Robin and the King by Parke Godwin - 3 stars

5. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie - 5 stars!

6. Before They are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie - 5 stars!

7. Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie - 10 stars for the whole trilogy! Loved it!



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Date Posted: 7/13/2010 7:32 AM ET
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I probably won't read six of these because I have read a ton of these in the past, but I will get in a few

  1. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer - Seth Graham-Smith


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I have learned my lesson: list books as you go.  I keep changing my lists, because I keep reading different things!  I should have known I wouldn't do well with a ready-made list of titles.  I branch off into other directions way too much! 

Um...so anyway...saving my spot! blush

Date Posted: 7/13/2010 9:28 AM ET
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CHALLENGE COMPLETED 8/26/10

 Here's my list:

1.  Scarlet by Stephen Lawhead  completed 7/09

2. Tuck by Stephen Lawhead  completed 07/12

3. A Game of Thrones  by George R.R. Martin  completed 08/04

4.  Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz  completed 08/09

5.  A Clash of Kings  by George R.R. Martin completed 08/12

6.  Naamah's Kiss by Jacqueline Carey  completed 8/26



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Date Posted: 7/13/2010 4:18 PM ET
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Ah, I love this one Genie.  It's a pleasure to complete the challenge.  Here are my final choices.

By Susan Carroll 

The Dark Queen  

The Silver Rose

The Courtesan

The Huntress

Twilight of a Queen

Keeper of the Crystal Spring by Naomi and Deborah Baltuck



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Date Posted: 7/14/2010 9:22 AM ET
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Maybe I will give this a try, so I will save my place here. Perhaps I can get through some of those Mary Stewart books (they count, I think).

1. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

2. Ghosts in the Snow by Tamara Siler Jones - finished on 7/22/10 - 3.5 stars

3. Threads of Malice by Tamara Siler Jones - finished on 7/27/10 - 3.5 stars



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Date Posted: 7/14/2010 8:17 PM ET
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Ruth and Jeanne, Those are excellent choices.

I read Dark Queen several months ago. While I liked it, I wasn't intrigued enough to finish the series. But it definitely qualifies. Lots of magic during the 16th century reign of Catherine de Medici.

The Crystal Cave is one of those books I've owned forever, but have never read. I have to get to it.

Date Posted: 7/14/2010 10:01 PM ET
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Crystal Cave is definitely worth reading there is a reason it is still so highly thought of.  Love her take on Merlin, so beautifully written that the images her words conjured up are still in my minds eye. (I read this the first time in High School)  Hollow Hills is just as good, as is Last Enchantment, though I have to say I didn't like the final book A Wicked Day all that much.  It would be a good one for this challenge and I don't think you would be disappointed.

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Thanks Letty - this challenge will give me a good reason to read these. What the heck if I don't finish any of these challenges - one thing's for sure and that's that I'm reading!!smiley

I guess that no one has read any of those books by Tamara Siler Jones - I may have to try one or two of those as well!

Whoops! have we messed up THE LIST thread?? - you know, by chatting here?



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Date Posted: 7/15/2010 1:42 PM ET
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I would really like to give the Mary Stewart's Merlin series a re-read one of these days and see if they really are as good as I remember them being. I actually still have all four books.

Hey, Goddess of the Fantasy Realm, can re-reads count in this challenge? Yea or Nay? I'm thinking probably nay and I don't really blame you. If I'd started this challenge, I would definitely tell me that re-reads do not count. Bummer.

I'm not asking for just the Mary Stewarts; while I was looking at the fantasy books I have, I realized it's been a long time since I have read any of them and I really think I will need to do some re-reading before I continue with any of my series. I better get busy.....

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Date Posted: 7/19/2010 12:38 PM ET
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I do not think fantasy is something I will like, but I did not think I would like Historical Fiction. Then I realized  H/F can be Mystery. I  just did not have the definition straight. So, I will try a few of these.

Will someone suggest an author this fits this category that is not too "fairy dust" like?

Hey, I just thought of Suzanne Arruda. She wrote the Jade Del Cameron mysteries. I just finished her  first book  Mark of the Lion. It is somewhat fantasy, because the hyenas, lions, etc change from man to beast to kill. Would that work?

Thanks,

Mary

Date Posted: 7/19/2010 1:04 PM ET
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Hey, Goddess of the Fantasy Realm, can re-reads count in this challenge? Yea or Nay? I'm thinking probably nay and I don't really blame you. If I'd started this challenge, I would definitely tell me that re-reads do not count. Bummer.

Oh, I like that. Goddess. Yeah.

As long as it's fantasy with some kind of historical setting or characters, it qualifies. You may certainly re-read. Just make sure it's a re-read and not something you read just a couple of months ago. Or I'll come after you with the wet noodle.

Sweet little goddess that I am.

Date Posted: 7/20/2010 10:27 AM ET
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I drew a blank for historical fantasy but looking at some choices here I realize I have some on my shelf!  I'm going to have to shamelessly steal some ideas from here though...       I'll reserve my spot and give it a try: 

  •  The Last Rainbow - Parke Godwin
  •   Scarlett - Stephen Lawhead
  •   Lavinia - Ursula Le Guin
  •  Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
  •   Dracula in Love - Karen Essex
  •   A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin

DONE!



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Mary (mepom) -
Date Posted: 8/9/2010 1:11 PM ET
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MY LISTS

by Suzanne Arruda

#1. Mark of the Lion--    rating 4/5

#2 Stalking Ivory-- rating 4/5

#3 Forever not read yet

#4

#5

Mary



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